First listed on: 12 August 2022

Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Lead


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Strategic project leadership role in water management
  • Engage with collaboration partners, industry, government and across the business to advance world-class science delivery
  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!

CSIRO’s Land and Water Business Unit works across the domains of land, water, ecosystems and communities to deliver outcome-focused biophysical and socio-economic research. In collaboration with partners, we deliver innovative solutions to the complex challenges that arise from the demands and impacts of human activities on the environment. This role will contribute to the strong multi-disciplinary capability of the Water Security Program, which undertakes research into water-related services, tools and technologies in Australia and internationally.

As a Murray-Darling Basin Environmental Lead, you will be responsible for building leadership in large multi-organisational and multi-disciplinary projects to support current and future integrative freshwater ecosystem research for Land and Water with an immediate key focus in ensuring CSIRO continues to play a key role in meeting the science needs of the Murray-Darling Basin. 

You will be responsible for leading the identification, development, co-design and delivery of large projects to utilize the broad skill base in the Managing Water Ecosystem Group, the Water Security Program and CSIRO Land and Water to inform how scarce water resources are best managed in the future. 

Your duties will include:

  • Responding to and creating funded opportunities with government, industry and the private sector to scale the portfolio of research. Developing and maintaining relationships with funders, collaborators and delivery partners. 
  • Leading Tender responses involving a consortium of researchers and institutions.
  • Leading drafting of detailed written reports and communication tools for internal and external clients and the scientific community.
  • Undertaking stakeholder engagement, across government, research, community and First Nations people, to develop opportunities, communicate outcomes and deliver impact.
  • Mentoring and developing emerging project leaders and scientists.
  • Resource management, including time and resource planning, monitoring of progress, management of external contractors. 
  • Working with the project teams to monitor progress and impact against key performance indicators and contribute to performance reporting.

Location: Brisbane, Canberra or Adelaide
Salary: AU$141,949 - AU$157,055 per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite / Full-time
Reference: 87142

To be considered you will need:

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • Tertiary level expertise, ideally with postgraduate scientific qualifications, preferably in water and/or environmental science. 
  • Demonstrated experience of working in the Murray-Darling Basin on environmental flows, basin planning and/or water management.
  • Demonstrated experience in Science and Project Leadership, in managing large, dispersed multi-disciplinary teams and in the delivery of complex projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading research consortia.
  • Demonstrated ability to form productive and enduring collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Prior experience of developing project opportunities, responding to project calls and having projects funded.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to all candidates.

Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check 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. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

Wednesday 14th September, 11:00pm AEST.

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