First listed on: 28 September 2021

Aquaculture Biologist Traineeship (Identified Role - Indigenous)


The Opportunity

  • Learn while up earn
  • Achieve a Nationally Accredited Qualification
  • Start building a career in a supportive organisation today!

We are looking for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who want to gain a Nationally Accredited Qualification whilst undertaking on-the-job training. 

The CSIRO Agriculture and Food Aquaculture Biologist Traineeship program will provide the successful candidate with on-the-job training in a wide variety of analytical techniques while working as part of a supportive and experienced team. As an Aquaculture Biologist Trainee, you will be primarily responsible for routine aquatic animal husbandry work including cleaning tanks, feeding and handling animals, and preparing and maintaining facilities and equipment while working as part of an integrated team. This position is part of the ISAP research group and will operate under the direction of a team leader located on site at the Bribie Island Research Centre (BIRC).

Over the course of the traineeship, the successful candidate will be provided with adequate time within work hours to complete a Nationally Accredited Qualification relative to the position and encouraged to participate in CSIRO’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network as well as attend business unit specific activities. Upon successful completion of CSIRO Agriculture and Food Aquaculture Biologist Traineeship program the trainee may be considered for further employment with CSIRO subject to the availability of suitable positions.

Your duties will include:

  • Under supervision, undertake routine daily maintenance activities and conduct routine checks on the functioning of several seawater systems in accordance with the Bribie Island Research Centre (BIRC) operational procedures.
  • Under supervision, undertake maintenance, modification and repair activities of all facets of the BIRC seawater systems.
  • Support research based activities by participating in animal rearing, research experiments, basic laboratory work and field trips as required and in accordance with relevant animal husbandry and animal ethics protocols and practices.
  • Participate in the components of the training package and complete all requirements of the prescribed Nationally Accredited Qualification.

Location:  Bribie Island, QLD
Salary: starting salary of AU$24,288 to AU$26,041 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Duration: Specified term of approximately 18 months depending on course of study
Reference:  76298

To be considered you will need:

  • Ability and willingness to learn and undertake a Nationally Accredited Qualification while balancing work priorities.
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team and undertake a roster that involves weekend work, occasional out of hours work and to participate in an on-call roster as required.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to use a computer and associated software packages, especially the Microsoft Office suite including Word, Outlook and Excel and an interest in developing computer skills

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


CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). 

The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check and is required to provide contact details of at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Referee.

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. 


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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

25 October 2021, 11:00pm AEDT

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