New Zealand and Australia nationals: Project Administrator / Coordinator (CSIRO Water Security Program)

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Date: 13-Dec-2022

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Support multiple water and environmental research projects in the Water Security Program
  • Project support, administration and coordination, relationship management
  • Truly collaborative, inclusive and flexible workplace

CSIRO’s Environment Business Unit brings together our capabilities in marine, atmospheric, water and terrestrial environment disciplines, as well as significant social and economic research, to align and support the nation in creating a better and more sustainable future. Our research examines the increasing pressures facing our natural and built environments from the combined effects of climate change, extreme events, non-sustainable use of natural resources and legacy activities.

The Water Security Program requires a Research Projects Coordinator to support the project leader in development and management of water and environmental research projects. In this role, you will provide project coordination, administration, and project delivery support. You will maintain research partnerships for existing projects, monitor project progress, coordinate large internal and external workshops and events, contribute to research outcomes and communicate within the project team and with the client as per the instructions from the project leader.

You will support existing science and leadership capability to deliver high-impact external projects such as the Northern Rivers Resilience Initiative (NRRI) Project funded by the National Emergency Management Agency and Sustainable Yields II funded by the Australian Federal Government. You may be required to contribute to the wider inter-disciplinary efforts in water science, policy, and management. 

Your duties will include:

  • Project coordination of complex multi- and trans-disciplinary projects, with domestic government, academic, industry and community partners as per the instructions from the project leader.
  • Supports the Project leader in setting up and monitoring the progress of project tasks and monitor performance and resources, to achieve objectives.
  • Sets up and maintains procedures and practices for project material including meeting notes, and document and data management.
  • As directed by the project leader, monitor and record project progress, progress of project milestones, invoices and payments (clients and contractors), organise meetings and travel.
  • Provide expertise in their related domain of water/environmental science.
  • Assist the project leader in communicating research outcomes and project findings with stakeholders and peers in written and oral media.

Location:  Canberra preferred

Salary:  AU$89k – AU$101k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Specified term of 3 years

Reference:  89365

To be considered you will need:

  1. Experience in coordinating large, multi-disciplinary projects, with a preference for experience in water and/or environmental science.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work closely with the project leader and coordinate and monitor the project progress under their direction.
  3. Demonstrated experience in project coordination to deliver high-quality project outputs on time and to budget, ensuring compliance with both internal and external requirements.
  4. The ability to effectively and rapidly manage multiple and often competing priorities and challenges as they arise, often under tight timeframes.
  5. Demonstrated experience in preparing and using Project Management Plans and Tools with a high level of IT competency, including demonstrated experience with MS Office products.
  6. A relevant trade certificate/diploma/bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience and evidence of expertise in this domain.
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated experience in writing project material, and planning and delivering internal and external workshops and events with a variety of stakeholders.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, and visa holders already in Australia who have full work rights for the duration of the contract. 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. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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

30 Jan 2023, 11:00pm AEDT




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