Field/Lab Technician

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Hobart, Australia

Job posting number: #7100395 (Ref:cj_84102)

Posted: May 19, 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


  • Are you an experienced Diver with a Degree in Marine Biology?
  • Apply your scientific diving and field technician skills to support multiple coastal and marine projects
  • Join CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere and make a difference!


Research conducted within CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere (O&A) provides for the large-scale multidisciplinary sciences that inform the use and conservation of Australia's marine environments. We develop tools for decision making in coastal-marine regions and provide scientific support to and industries, society, and authorities responsible for the sustainable management and use of Australian biodiversity and national and international fisheries.

CSIRO has a large and continuing dive program of approximately 1,000 dives per year which operates out of three locations (Hobart, Perth and Brisbane).
The role of Field/Lab Technician will fulfill the strong need for a versatile junior staff member with an integrated skill set to be a dive co-ordinator/coxswain and assist in a broad set of field and laboratory work.   To succeed in this role, you will be a qualified diver with the skills to support intensive field campaigns across multiple projects


Your duties will include:

  • Providing Diving, Dive Coordinator, coxswain duties and the skippering of small boats.
  • Participating in and providing assistance with logistics for field and dive trips and the preparation and maintenance of field equipment. 
  • Supervising dive safety and restricting or suspending any dive operations considered unsafe.
  • Conducting a broad range of administrative, research, laboratory and aquarium duties including data entry, recording of experimental results, collecting, and processing of field samples for carbon analysis.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and business unit to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO scientific objectives.


Location: Hobart, TAS

Salary: AU$66,163 - AU$84,207 per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus, up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 3 years

Reference: 84102

To be considered you will need:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Marine Biology.
  • Current coxswain and commercial (scientific) (ADAS qualifications) diving certificate.
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific diving, dive coordinating and diving fieldwork.
  • Experience in laboratory analysis, data entry and record keeping.
  • The ability to travel for field work and projects for up to 2-4 weeks at a time.
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents and appropriate Australian work visa holders.

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. 

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 on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Friday 03rd June 2022, 11:00pm AEST. 

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:#7100395 (Ref:cj_84102)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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