First listed on: 16 December 2020

Indigenous Cadetship - Great Barrier Reef

The Opportunity

  • Improve your professional employment prospects
  • Combine study with a paid work placement in your relevant field
  • Be a part of Australia's leading science and research organisation

The Indigenous Cadetship 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.

Indigenous Cadetships may be offered to people of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who are enrolled for full-time study in their first undergraduate degree course at an Australian university. Upon successful completion of the Cadetship, Cadets will be encouraged to apply for positions in CSIRO relevant to their qualification and skills.

An opportunity exists for a cadet to join CSIRO Land and Water to work on a joint project with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, Traditional Owner-led Integrated Monitoring and Reporting (IMR).  This is an exciting project to pilot the Strong Peoples – Strong Country heritage monitoring framework that connects the health of the Reef and its catchment to the quality of life enjoyed by Traditional Owners. The framework was developed during 2018 by the Indigenous Heritage Expert Group with Traditional Owners in the catchment.  The framework is key input to the Indigenous heritage theme of the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP).

In this role you will work as part of the CSIRO Collaborative and Indigenous Science Team to support the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the Traditional Owner-led IMR Technical Working Group to plan and further develop the Strong Peoples – Strong Country framework. The project will provide the opportunity to gain experience working in an Indigenous-led process to embed Indigenous priority values into the management and protection of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef.

Cadets can participate in CSIRO’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Forum. The forum brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees across the organisation (via a monthly webinar) and offers invaluable networking opportunities, as well as providing another layer of support throughout the Cadetship.

Your duties will include:

  • Provide logistical assistance for workshops, meetings and other research events to deliver collaborative and Indigenous science
  • Liaise effectively with a range of stakeholders as requested
  • Apply and adapt data-recording and entry systems
  • Use a range of software packages to support research delivery

Location:   Cairns, QLD

Salary: Study allowance of $300 per week during periods of full-time study + 12 weeks of paid work placement during each year of the cadetship (starting at $610 per week before tax)

Duration:  Duration/remainder of full-time study program

Reference:  70800

To be considered you will need:

  1. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and interest of issues within contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, particularly those within the Great Barrier Reef.
  2. Ability to gather information to assist with workshops and project reporting.
  3. Computer literacy and the interest and ability to learn relevant software packages.
  4. Willingness and ability to work in a team.
  5. Interest in learning.
  6. Passion to work with Traditional Owners and community.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view the Position Description

 The Cadetship provides:

  • $6,000 per semester study allowance during periods of full-time study ($300 per week).
  • $500 per semester book and equipment allowance to assist with study costs.
  • 12 weeks of paid work during each year of the cadetship (usually completed during the long break at the end of each academic year &/or during semester breaks).
  • Financial assistance to cover the cost of relocation during the 12-week work placement, including flights and accommodation if required.
  • Payment of Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) costs upon successful completion of studies for the proportion of the course covered by the cadetship.


Indigenous Cadetships are open to students who are:

  • of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • currently enrolled for full-time study in their first undergraduate degree course at an Australian university.

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

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line by following the instructions below:

  • Submit a resume and cover letter advising why you are interested in a cadetship with CSIRO in the Resume/CV field. Your resume should include the names and contact details of two referees (referees can be previous supervisors or academic/professional).
  • Upload your most recent academic results (or confirmation of enrolment if you have not commenced your studies) in the Cover Letter field.
  • Upload your Confirmation of Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander descent in the Eligibility Documents field (this can be provided later if necessary).

Applications Close

17 February 2021, 11:00 pm AEDT

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