Technical Assistant (Digital Curator) - 3 positions

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra, Australia

Job posting number: #7096327 (Ref:cj_82672)

Posted: March 23, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Acknowledgement of Country


CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity


  • Help maintain vital resources for the conservation of Australia’s animal and plant species
  • Develop sustainable land and marine management systems
  • Join CSIRO and work at the cutting edge of digitisation, informatics and biodiversity research


CSIRO is the custodian of extensive collections of animal and plant specimens that contribute to national and international biological knowledge, and underpin a significant part of the country’s taxonomic, genetic, agricultural, and ecological research.

We're currently seeking to fill three positions of Technical Assistant (Digital Curator) with the National Research Collections of Australia (NRCA).  In this role, you will support the digitisation of over 15 million specimens held at CSIRO.  You will undertake basic curation, imaging and post-processing, databasing of specimens, and advance the care of specimens through digital curation.  As part of a team at the cutting edge of digitisation, informatics and biodiversity research, you will have the opportunity to work closely with digitisation staff, curators and collections management staff across the NRCA biological collections.

Your duties will include:


  • Transferring and interpreting information from online catalogues and databases of taxonomic and biological information into electronic format.
  • Creating digital specimen images and assisting in the organisation of long-term data and image management.
  • Working within biological collections, undertaking basic taxonomy curation and specimen handling. 
  • Curating specimens as necessary for collection digitisation and databasing initiatives.


Location:       Black Mountain (Canberra) ACT
Salary:           AU$66k - AU$84k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:          Specified term ending 30 June, 2024
Reference:    82672

To be considered you will need:


  • A relevant certificate or equivalent experience working with collections.
  • Experience documenting, cataloguing, handling and curating collection specimens.
  • Experience using digital equipment, programs, and software to create digital images of specimens.
  • The ability and willingness to carry out tasks requiring accuracy and close attention to detail.
  • Strong organisational skills, including a proven ability to effectively manage change, prioritise competing demands and escalate issues when required.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team, positively contributing to the team environment.
  • The ability to think creatively, adopt novel ideas and approaches and exercise initiative when managing routine problems and opportunities. 


For full details about this role please view the Position Details



  • Applications are open to Australian Citizens only.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, 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. 

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. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply


Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close


Monday 11 April, 2022 (11pm AEST)


We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture. We're working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

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Job posting number:#7096327 (Ref:cj_82672)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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