First listed on: 05 January 2023

Aquaculture Operations Officer


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

  • Bring your aquatic biological system knowledge to work
  • Knowledge of marine water treatment systems for aquaculture 
  • Full-time opportunity with a very supportive team culture! 

CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food’s research from gene to plate increases productivity and efficiencies at the farm level, improving the quality and yield of Australian crops, developing innovative food processing technologies, creating new value-added foods and growing the nation’s livestock, aquaculture and fishery industries. We have a diverse range of people and partnerships that span Australia and 25 countries, fostering a shared vision to create measurable economic, environmental, and social impact.

We are looking for a highly motivated Aquaculture Operations Officer with prior practical knowledge and expertise in establishing and operating indoor and outdoor aqua culture systems with a focus on prawn aquaculture systems. This role will involve hands-on involvement in design and construction activities supporting research experimentation within aquaculture systems based within CSIRO sites and at industry-partner or collaborator sites and assisting collaborators to design and develop facilities within their own sites.

If you have previously worked in the aquaculture industry, collaborating with stakeholders of different backgrounds and are open to working independently and in a range of small teams to effectively support researchers operating experiments in the different aquaculture systems, overseeing less experienced technical staff and comfortable with some amount of travel, and at times, require working beyond regular hours and in different locations, then do not hesitate to apply.

Your duties will include:

  • Liaising with CSIRO colleagues, external contractors, and external collaborators on the design and development of aquaculture-rearing systems.
  • Engaging and working collaboratively with CSIRO colleagues of varying levels and expertise, and with external collaborators and research and industry stakeholders, to operate aquaculture facilities and undertake research and development projects. 
  • Overseeing operations of land-based aquaculture systems, particularly pond, raceway and tank systems, and oversee and support less experienced CSIRO staff and external collaborators when operating these systems.
  • Being responsible for key water treatment systems operating within the CSIRO facilities and some responsibility for animal management within the different systems operating at CSIRO and collaborator sites.
  • Providing guidance and assistance to students, visitors, and trainee staff. 
  • Traveling and off-site activities at external collaborator sites for project development and operational activities and working out of regular hours when needed.
  • Playing an active role in maintaining facilities to improve staff safety and operational efficiency.
  • Contributing to developing animal management practices to increase the rigour of experiments, enhance biosecurity, and improve animal welfare outcomes.

Location:  Darwin (NT) preferred
Salary:  *AU$105k – AU$142k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Indefinite /full-time
Reference:  88502
This pay range is inclusive of both CSOF5 and CSOF6 pay levels and applications are invited across two capability levels. The successful candidate will be appointed at a level that commensurate with their skills and experience - see the position description for further details.

To be considered you will need:

  • Tertiary qualifications or equivalent industry/practical experience relevant to aquaculture biology, water treatment processes, aquatic system operation and practical aquaculture engineering knowledge. 
  • Proven experience with, or knowledge of, operating aquatic biological systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in operating aquaculture systems for research or commercial purposes and/or water treatment systems, particularly marine treatment systems for aquaculture.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to anticipate the interests and knowledge level of an audience and present information and feedback accordingly.
  • Proven ability to investigate underlying issues of complex and ill-defined problems and develop appropriate responses by adapting/creating and testing alternative solutions.
  • Experience using computer software for the collection and summary of data. 
  • A driver’s licence and ability to work outside regular hours, and off-site, as required.

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


Applications for this position are open to all Australian/New Zealand Citizens; Australian Permanent Residents and/or Australian Temporary Residents as well as overseas applicants. Sponsorship may be provided by CSIRO to the eligible candidate if required. 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.

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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

05 February 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

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