First listed on: 13 November 2019

Reference No. 368623
Job type: Contract / term vacancy up to 30 June 2020
Location: West Beach, SA - 5024
Salary: OPS3, $63,681 – $67,868 per annum

Applications Close: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 11:45 PM

The Opportunity
We have an exciting opportunity for multiple Research Services Officers (Finfish Fisheries) to be part of the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) within PIRSA. The roles report to the Sub-program Leader Finfish Fisheries.

The Fisheries Science Program undertakes research and development activities on the fisheries and habitats of the South Australian continental shelf and gulfs for the South Australian government on behalf of all stakeholders in those fisheries - principally abalone, prawn, blue crab, rock lobster, marine scale and pelagic fishes.

The Finfish Subprogram conducts research and monitoring on the South Australian Marine Scalefish Fishery, and Lakes and Coorong Fishery. The primary focus of the group is on the population dynamics and fisheries biology of key finfish species and application of the daily egg production method to estimate spawning biomass. Fishery dependent and biological data are integrated in stock assessments that determine the status of harvested populations. The primary outputs are stock assessment reports that provide the scientific basis for sustainable fisheries management. Scientific findings are published in peer-reviewed reports, and national and international journals. Research findings are also communicated directly to PIRSA fisheries managers, fishery licence holders and national and international scientists through relevant steering committees, meetings and conferences.

The Research Services Officer (Finfish Fisheries) supports the research outcomes of the Finfish sub-program, including the successful and timely delivery of research, thereby contributing to the professionalism and competitive position of the organisation as a research provider by enhancing the expertise within the program. The primary duties of this position will be to undertake fieldwork and laboratory duties. The incumbent will be required to operate on research and commercial fishing vessels, and undertake laboratory analysis of egg and adult sampling, and fish ageing. Data entry and management are also a part of the role. There will also be a need to undertake fieldwork and laboratory duties to support research outcomes in other sub-programs

About Us
Primary Industries and Regions SA, as a key economic development agency of the South Australian Government, works across a diverse range of industry sectors including agriculture, livestock, forestry, fishing and aquaculture and regional development. We involve and engage with others to ensure we make good decisions, have clear policies, plan and implement effective programs, drive relevant projects, promote efficient resource use and broker shared responsibility. In this way we enable the State’s primary industry sectors and regions to remain competitive, productive and sustainable.

South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) provides research and development services to the state government, commercial clients and research partners to help make South Australia’s primary industries and regions internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable. SARDI’s programs are designed to increase the productivity, sustainability and adaptability of the state’s agriculture, food and wine, fisheries and aquaculture and bioscience enterprises, create opportunities for market growth, address barriers to growth and provide applied solutions.

At PIRSA, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity
PIRSA is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. PIRSA recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of SA.

Special Conditions

  • This is a contract or temporary / term vacancy up to 30 June 2020.
  • Work outside normal working hours and on weekends will be required.
  • Regular intrastate and occasional interstate travel will be required, including absence overnight and frequent field trips on a variety of research and commercial vessels
  • Possession of a current Class C driver’s licence and a willingness to drive is essential.
  • A coxswains certificate is highly desirable or a willingness to obtain.
  • A diving certificate is highly desirable or a willingness to obtain.
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety (MARSS00008) highly desirable or willingness to obtain.
  • ADAS Part 1 Scientific Diving highly desirable or willingness to obtain.

OPS3, $63,681 – $67,868 per annum

Michael Steer
Phone: 0416 118 665

Applications close: Wednesday, 20 November 2019 11:45 PM

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online via, citing Reference Number: 368623.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Achievement Orientation and Flexibility capabilities of the role description and a current CV (no more than 5 pages). Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees with 1 being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

Flexibility Statement

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

SARDI is a business division of Primary Industries and Regions SA.

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