First listed on: 05 December 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship - BEKS Program

  • Learn while you earn
  • Achieve a National Certificate qualification
  • Great work environment for people starting their careers

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship Program is an initiative of the CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Strategy which seeks to significantly increase Indigenous employment nationally within CSIRO. Through this strategy, CSIRO aims to enhance the educational, employment, training and career development opportunities for people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

An opportunity exists for a trainee to join the Land and Water Business Unit to undertake a workplace-based traineeship. In this role you will support several current research projects including the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) NAER wetland management, feral pig and buffalo tracking, ecology project and Nest to Ocean Marine turtle protection project. These projects require extensive engagement with Indigenous communities and land managers, particularly in the Cape York Peninsula. The traineeship will provide an opportunity for the acquisition of skills in field-based vegetation and fauna survey, use of survey and monitoring technology and software, and research design for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem change. This position will also work closely with project collaborators from James Cook University, government agencies and non-government organisations which will expose the trainee to extended professional networks and different working environments.

Over the course of the traineeship, the successful applicant will undertake on-the-job training and complete a Nationally Accredited Qualification relative to their position. The course fees for this qualification will be paid for by CSIRO. Upon successful completion of the training package the trainee will be considered for ongoing employment with CSIRO, if available.

To view the full Position details for this traineeship please click the following link: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship - BEKS Program.

Location:            Townsville (JCU), QLD
Salary:                $22,999 to $25,491 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:               Specified term of approximately 2 years depending on course of study
Job reference:   52282

Open to people of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent (Proof of Aboriginality will be required prior to confirming the appointment).  

How to apply: 

  1. Resume/CV which includes a cover letter advising why you are interested in traineeship with CSIRO; and

  2. Confirmation of Aboriginality &/or Torres Strait Islander descent (this can be provided later if necessary). 

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Applications close: Monday 18 December 2017

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