Station Manager - Boolardy (Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory - MRO) - CSIRO - ResearchCareer

First listed on: 10 February 2021

Station Manager - Boolardy (Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory - MRO)

  • Support the international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope
  • Live on-site in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia
  • Be CSIRO’s first point of call for land maintenance related matters

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) builds and operates radio telescopes around Australia and is playing a lead role in the development of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The Australian component of the SKA will be built at the world-class Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), located on the remote Boolardy Station (~300km NE of Geraldton in Western Australia), where a radio-quiet environment is maintained.

As the Station Manager – Boolardy, you will live on-site at the Boolardy Station Homestead and work closely with the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) Site Entity Leader and other managers in CSIRO.  Liaising closely with key stakeholder communities, you will deliver land management activities at the MRO, ensuring the onsite needs of CSIRO and the Australian Government are met.  In particular, this involves care, rehabilitation and management of the MRO (Boolardy Station) and includes “hands-on” maintenance and pastoral station related activities.

CASS is committed to CSIRO's family friendly policies and supports a flexible working environment.  We aim to have a diverse workforce where all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.

In this role you will:

  • Be the key CSIRO contact for the station’s land maintenance related matters.
  • Implement the land management plan for Boolardy Station.
  • Oversee land management activities undertaken by the service providers (see PD link below for further detail).
  • Undertake land rehabilitation and site remediation tasks as required.
  • Carry-out pastoral activities including mustering; coordinating with stakeholders and neighbouring pastoralists accordingly.
  • Maintain pastoral infrastructure and manage potentially hazardous machinery or materials.
  • Manage onsite contractors engaged by CSIRO and engage with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Engage with various internal and external stakeholders, including (but not limited to) traditional landowners, MRO Site Entity, MRO telescope operators, neighbouring pastoralists, and local councils, when directing land management activities.
  • Act as the representative for CSIRO at meetings with various stakeholder groups
  • Work with unique or unusual features and complexity which will require original thought and judgement.
  • Work with relevant CSIRO parties to set priorities in scheduling of maintenance activities.
  • Assist with implementation of the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for the MRO.
  • Assist the MRO Site Entity leader in coordinating interactions between all Boolardy Station and MRO users.

Location:  Boolardy Station, Murchison Region, Western Australia
Salary:  AU$98k - AU$106k per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation (plus Allowances)
Tenure:  Specified term of 5 years 
Reference: 71503

To be considered you will need:

  • Valid Australian Class C and LR driver’s licenses.
  • Willingness and ability to live onsite at Boolardy Station, ~300km inland from Geraldton, WA.
  • Significant practical experience with pastoralism and/or farming activities and land management in a remote region.
  • Experience in effective contract and contractor management, preferably in remote areas.
  • Demonstrated experience in effective contract and contractor management, preferably in remote areas.
  • Experience engaging and interacting and co-operatively working with traditional landowners.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, and proven ability to establish and maintain co-operative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Sound judgement with the ability to maintain confidentiality, and the capacity for self-motivation and self-management.
  • A history of developing and delivering effective solutions to complex issues.

To see all the criteria required for success in this unique site-based role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.

Position Details

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent.

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

CSIRO’s Commitment to Diversity
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. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.

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How to Apply
To apply online, please 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
Sunday 14 March, 2021 (11pm AEDT)

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