First listed on: 21 March 2023

Technical Assistant (Digital Curator)


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Provide vital support in conserving Australia’s animal and plant species
  • Help maintain a vast storehouse of information on Australia’s biodiversity 
  • Join CSIRO and work at the cutting edge of digitisation, informatics and biodiversity research

CSIRO is the custodian of extensive collections of animal and plant specimens that contribute to national and international biological knowledge, and underpin a significant part of the country’s taxonomic, genetic, agricultural, and ecological research.

As a Technical Assistant (Digital Curator) with the National Research Collections of Australia (NRCA), you will support the digitisation of over 15 million specimens held at CSIRO.  You will undertake basic curation, imaging and post-processing, databasing of specimens, and advance the care of specimens through digital curation.  As part of a team at the cutting edge of digitisation, informatics and biodiversity research, you will have the opportunity to work closely with digitisation staff, curators and collections management staff across the NRCA biological collections.

Your duties will include:

  • Transferring and interpreting information from online catalogues of taxonomic and biological information into electronic format.
  • Creating digital specimen images and assisting in the organisation of long-term image management, and delivery. 
  • Working within biological collections, undertaking basic taxonomy curation and specimen handling.
  • Curating specimens as necessary for collection digitisation and databasing initiatives

Location:  Black Mountain (Canberra) ACT
Salary: AU$68k - AU$86k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  Specified term ending 30 June, 2025
Reference: 92002

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant certificate or equivalent experience working with collections.
  • Experience documenting, cataloguing, handling and curating biological collection specimens.
  • Experience using digital equipment, programs, and software to create digital images of specimens.
  • The ability and willingness to carry out tasks requiring accuracy and close attention to detail.
  • Strong organisational skills, including a proven ability to effectively manage change, prioritise competing demands and escalate issues when required.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team, positively contributing to the team environment.
  • The ability to think creatively, adopt novel ideas and approaches and exercise initiative when managing routine problems and opportunities. 

For full details about this role please view the Position Details


Applications are open to:

  • Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • New Zealand Citizens
  • Australian temporary residents with the right to work for the expected duration of the term (at least to end of December, 2025), with no requirement for sponsorship. 

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent.

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 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

Thursday 30 March, 2023 (11pm AEDT)

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

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