First listed on: 16 September 2023

Research Project Officer


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Interested in starting a career in Agriculture and working with animals?
  • Work with cattle in pen and paddock environments
  • Join Australia’s National Science and Innovation Agency!

CSIRO’s Northern Cattle Production team are seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the team. 

Are you finishing high school this year? Or do you have an interest in Agriculture and working with animals? We'd love to hear from you!  

As the Research Project Officer, you will contribute to research projects that are focused on delivering solutions for the livestock industry in relation to reducing methane emissions from cattle and improving productivity. You will mainly be working with cattle in pen and paddock environments and preparing feed and diet supplements along with maintaining and cleaning the animal facilities.

The position will be based at CSIRO Agriculture and Food’s Lansdown research station, in Woodstock, QLD, commencing in early 2024. 

Your duties will include:

  • Under general supervision, perform routine animal handling or operational tasks requiring skills which have been developed through experience or training.
  • Follow pre-determined protocols to achieve research objectives.
  • Collect samples according to defined standards and ensure samples are stored and identified correctly.
  • Identify and report anomalies.
  • May assist in establishing experiments, monitor, summarise and record results and typically are required to maintain a record of experimental results.
  • Other duties as required.

Location: Woodstock, QLD
Salary:  AU$51k – AU$65k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:  3 year specified term
Reference:  92138

To be considered you will need:

  1. Certificate of high school education and/or relevant work experience in livestock husbandry.
  2. Demonstrated livestock experience; general husbandry, understanding animal behaviour, ability to identify sick or injured animals.
  3. Demonstrated experience in general animal duties; feeding animals and cleaning of animal house facilities, preparation of diets and feed supplements.
  4. Demonstrated ability for accurate record keeping
  5. A current driver’s licence.


  1. Machinery Qualifications UTV.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. 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. 

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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

Friday 13th October, 11:00pm AEST

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