First listed on: 13 December 2022

Environment Lead, Indigenous Science (Identified Role - Indigenous)


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

  • Do you want to help build genuine partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?
  • Create partnerships for two-way knowledge-sharing to embed Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in science.
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation! 

The Environment Lead, Indigenous Science will play a key role in strengthening CSIRO’s Indigenous science and partnerships in priority areas relating to the business of CSIRO Environment and provide essential Indigenous cultural capability and strategic leadership to shape and deliver CSIRO Environment’s research agenda.

In this role, you will enhance CSIRO Environment’s capacity for Indigenous-led, co-designed and Indigenous science and will be responsible for identifying, brokering and developing strategic science and knowledge partnerships to create two-way knowledge-sharing and collaborative relationships with Indigenous Australia.

You will be able to recognise and pursue opportunities for innovation and generate new ways of seeing and solving complex problems and support CSIRO Environment to secure project funds.

Your duties will include:

  • Provide Indigenous knowledge, expertise and perspective to inform and direct how CSIRO Environment respectfully prioritises, develops and delivers its research agenda.
  • Strengthen CSIRO Environment’s capacity for Indigenous-led, co-developed and Indigenous science in respectful partnership with Indigenous Australia.
  • Collaborate with regionally dispersed teams of scientists across CSIRO, and broker relationships with external partners, to develop and scale a portfolio of Indigenous-led, co-developed, and Indigenous science driven by Indigenous priorities.
  • Provide advice to CSIRO Environment’s leadership team on strengthening internal governance arrangements for Indigenous science activities and contribute to the implementation of these strengthened arrangements.

Location: Townsville (Preferred), Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart or Melbourne
Salary: Competitive Market Salary plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time or Part-time
Reference: 90897

To be considered you will need:

  • Senior level research management, leadership and/or academic experience with relevant and practical experience in promoting and brokering Indigenous knowledges, perspectives or science in area/s relevant to CSIRO Environment’s business.
  • Demonstrated capability to lead and deliver research projects and a track record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and deliver research projects that have delivered impact and tangible outcomes for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities

For full details about this role please review 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 and is required to provide contact details od at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person to be a cultural referee to confirm their ability to work and communication respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Appointment to this role is subject to 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. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

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

12 February 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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