First listed on: 13 May 2019

Agricultural Research Assistant 

The Opportunity

  • Opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Work on the CSIRO Cotton Breeding Program
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

The Position

The CSIRO Cotton Breeding Program has significant research activities at the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI) and tests advanced breeding materials at multiple off-station sites across the entire industry.

We are currently looking for an Agricultural Research Assistant to work on day-to-day operations for supporting research activities through the practical application of field, crop, water and pesticide management.

If you want to participate in the planning and conducting of breeding experiments at ACRI, CSIRO and at off-station sites and want to assist in the progress of breeding research both in field and in controlled environment, then this is the opportunity for you! In this position you will be required to work as an important team member in the Breeding Support team to develop enhanced new varieties suitable for all cotton growing regions of Australia.

Your duties will include

  • Operating machinery such as planting, cultivation, fertiliser, spraying and harvesting to manage cotton and other crops in rotation.
  • Assisting with irrigation of crops as directed and when required.
  • Assisting with maintenance of cotton pickers, module press and other farm equipment as required.
  • Being an active member of a large team, assisting in running an extensive cotton breeding program aimed at developing improved cultivars.

Location:      Myall Vale, NSW
Salary:          AU$47,622 - AU$61,383 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:         Indefinite
Reference:    61562

To be successful you will need

  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in the competent operation of research and row crop equipment together with the management of irrigation systems.
  • The ability to lift, bend and undertake repetitive motions and the ability to undertake manual handling and operate equipment safely in accordance with Health and Safety Procedures.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out tasks under general direction from Scientific Researchers.
  • The ability and willingness to work in harsh and adverse conditions whilst maintaining health and safety requirements.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Previous involvement with cotton production or experimentation.  Cotton planting and harvesting experience desirable.
  • Forklift (LF) licence and chemical application certificate (AQF3), Competent Operation of Machinery (or equivalent).

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description

Special Requirements:
Appointment to this role will be subject to the following conditions-

  • Successful completion of medical check including audio screening prior to commencement.
  • Current C class driver’s licence and the ability to obtain HC class driver’s licence.

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Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment. 

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To apply online, please provide a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.

Applications Close

Sunday 26 May 2019 at 11.59pm AEST.

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