Village Manager - SKA-Low Telescope

Date Posted: 11 Jun 2024
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Location: Geraldton, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting-edge technology, it promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond.

In Australia, the SKAO is collaborating with CSIRO to operate and support the construction of the low frequency telescope (SKA-Low) in remote Western Australia on Wajarri Yamaji Country.

The Traditional Owners and native title holders, the Wajarri Yamaji, have gifted CSIRO with the traditional name Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara for the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home to the SKA-Low telescope. The traditional name means ‘sharing sky and stars’ in the Wajarri language.

The Village Manager will work closely with the Contract Manager to effectively manage use of the camp, deliver high-quality services, and lead the drive for an excellent camp culture, consistent with the highest industry standards.

This role will require domestic travel (by driving or charter flight) to Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara, the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory on Wajarri Yamaji Country and occasionally to Perth to our Science Operations Centre on Whadjuk Noongar Country.


Your duties will include:

  • Responsible for working with the camp operator to develop the culture of the construction camp, promoting inclusivity, respect and safety for all camp occupants and visitors, consistent with the highest industry standards. Lead initiatives to improve camp culture, including recreational activities.

  • Ensure and audit camp service levels, as the on-site lead for SKA-Low engagement with the camp service provider. Perform regular quality audits and, where required, propose, develop and lead improvement initiatives in areas including safety, recreational facilities, accommodation, transport, and catering. 

  • Address concerns or issues between camp stakeholders (SKAO, CSIRO, the camp service provider, occupants and visitors), understanding the position of each stakeholder and enabling an effective resolution of any issues. 

  • Lead all camp, site and logistics   aspects of on-site events, ensuring that events are delivered to a high standard.

  • Support and coach the service provider to effectively manage site access compliance and governance, including coordination of removal of people from site if required.


Location:     Geraldton, Western Australia

Salary:         AU$110,038 - AU$119,080 plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:        4 year Specified Term – Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share

Reference:  95873


To be considered you will need:


  • Significant demonstrated experience and expertise managing remote camps or similar facilities to high standards.

  • In-depth knowledge of health and safety regulations, with a track record of maintaining a safe and inclusive camp environment. 

  • Proven ability to identify and resolve service delivery issues promptly, ensuring minimal disruption to camp operations.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to liaise with a wide range of stakeholders, contractors, and team members.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a small team, contributing constructively to an inclusive and high performing team culture.

  • Proven ability to utilise relevant computer software packages, such as Microsoft Office applications.



  • Experience working with indigenous groups.

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications.

  • Knowledge of the maintenance and upkeep of facilities, utilities, and infrastructure within a remote camp. 

  • Experience with accommodation audit processes and associated legislation.


CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the role criteria. 


For Full details about this role, please review the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time, part-time or job share basis. Please raise your preference in your application.


Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 



At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!


How to Apply

To apply for this role, please apply on-line providing your CV, and a Cover Letter clearly addressing the essential criteria of this role and your motivation for applying. Under CSIRO policy, only those who are able to demonstrate how they can meet the essential criteria may be appointed


Applications Close

7 JULY 2024, 11:59pm AWST

2:00 AM

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