First listed on: 07 May 2022

Site Environmental Advisor - SKA-Low Telescope (SKA-Low)


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The Opportunity

  • Contribute your environmental expertise in this independent and proactive role 
  • Join the global SKA project and ensure site compliance with relevant environmental legislation
  • Live and work in the idyllic coastal setting of Geraldton – Western Australia’s best kept secret!

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation radio-astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics.  It is one observatory with two telescopes – SKA-Low in Western Australia and SKA-Mid based in South Africa.  SKAO is managed from its headquarters in the United Kingdom and has responsibility for SKAO construction and operation globally.  Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and SKAO will operate the SKA-Low telescope in partnership.  Under the collaboration agreement with the SKAO, CSIRO is offering a unique opportunity for an Environmental Advisor who will play a key role during construction of the SKA-Low radio telescope. 

As the SKA-Low Environmental Advisor, you will provide expertise to the HSE and Projects team and help coordinate the implementation of environmental programs.  You will lead and assist in the development of environmental initiatives that enable positive strategic outcomes and improvement.  In this independent role, you will lead the provision of specialist environmental technical direction, providing advice, support and assistance on environmental matters across the project.

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect differences and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. This role is offered on a full?time, part?time (minimum 60 hours per fortnight) or job share basis.  Please raise your preference during the recruitment process, as we are open to discussing flexible working opportunities. 

This role will require regular domestic travel to the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory and occasionally to Perth.

In this role you will:

  • Lead the delivery of environmentally responsible solutions and outcomes within policy and legislative guidelines.
  • Provide practical environmental support to HSE and operational staff.
  • Work independently to deliver results within constraints laid down by managers.
  • Influence the decisions of managers by recognising the need for change and initiating innovative proposals.
  • Represent SKA-Low at external and internal forums.
  • Coach and educate staff through knowledge sharing across relevant organisational channels.

Location: Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary: AU$102k – AU$111k pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 5 years (with the potential opportunity to extend)
Full-time, job-share or part-time – minimum 60 hours per fortnight
Reference:  83634

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (Environmental Sciences or Environmental Engineering) with a minimum bachelor’s degree level, and at least 5 years' demonstrated experience in environmental management.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of HSE legislation, codes of practice and standards as they apply to environmental management.
  • Experience initiating and implementing sound environmental management practices in collaboration with key stakeholders.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and build strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Sound judgement and initiative, with the ability to proactively identify and resolve complex problems and issues.
  • An Australian Class ‘C’ driver’s licence (or equivalent).

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details 


  • Applications are open to Australian or New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.
  • 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. 

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About the SKA Observatory

The SKA Observatory is coordinating a global effort to deliver the largest science facility on the planet. The SKA Observatory will build next-generation radio telescopes that will help to answer key questions in astrophysics, drive technological innovation and support human capital development.

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

Sunday 26 June, 2022 (11pm AEST)

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

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