First listed on: 06 June 2023

Senior Indigenous Research Officer (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 have experience in Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge approaches?
  • Help develop, identify and define cultural indicators related to drought and climate resilience
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency!

CSIRO is looking for a motivated and driven Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person to support the development of place-based cultural indicators related to drought and climate resilience with Indigenous communities and Traditional Owners.

Bring your knowledge and experience to CSIRO’s Drought Resilience Mission team and be part of a multidisciplinary research team aiming to build an understanding of local, place-based values to regional scale climate processes, western science-based data and catchment management systems.

The Senior Indigenous Research Officer will be responsible for developing relationships and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Traditional Owners to support co-design, co-lead and Indigenous-led research frameworks for the Drought Resilience Mission and will collaborate with the CSIRO Environment Business Unit, University of Canberra and James Cook University on establishing Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge approaches and frameworks.

Your duties will include:

  • Working with colleagues in CSIRO, partner organisations, communities and Traditional Owners to develop, identify and define cultural indicators related to drought and climate resilience 
  • Support the establishment of trusted relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge holders and organisations.
  • Establish relationships with relevant stakeholders who will provide guidance to the project and establish and maintain effective communication with key contacts from these areas.
  • Assisting in the planning and preparation of research proposals and carry out research investigations, requiring originality, creativity and innovation.
  • Drawing on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience to recognise opportunities for innovation and generate new theoretical perspectives by pursuing new ideas/approaches and networking with scientific colleagues across a range of disciplines.

Location: Canberra, ACT or Brisbane, QLD preferred, other locations may be considered
Salary: AU$121,455k - AU$142,321k per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term of 18 months
Reference: 92100

To be considered you will need:

  • Well-developed knowledge of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural values and Traditional Ecological Knowledge approaches and their connection to agriculture, climate, hydrology, hydrogeology or other related environment disciplines.
  • A demonstrated understanding of and experience in undertaking research activities in agriculture, climate, hydrology, hydrogeology or other related environment disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify, build and develop collaborative relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and communities and broader stakeholders.
  • Experience representing an organisation and/or research team in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, respectfully delivering against organisational objectives and planning and preparation of research proposals.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research effectively internally and externally, including the presentation of research outcomes at national conferences.

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.

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. 


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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

25 June 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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