First listed on: 16 March 2023

Indigenous Education Project 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

  • Bring your program delivery & stakeholder engagement skills to a rewarding role
  • Exciting opportunity to co-design Indigenous STEM education programs in regional NSW
  • Join CSIRO Education and Outreach and make a difference!

We are currently seeking a motivated Education Project Officer to join our dynamic CSIRO Education and Outreach team, in an exciting opportunity with great flexible work arrangements!

Generation STEM is a $25 million 10-year initiative, working collaboratively with industry, government and education sectors to support, train and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career pathways. Currently three programs are being delivered in various locations throughout NSW as part of the initiative. Within this, ‘Deadly in Generation STEM’ is a program where CSIRO works closely with local community to tailor, deliver and support activities to increase engagement and retention of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander secondary students into local STEM educational pathways, STEM employment and/or further education, through Culture and on Country.

As the Education Project Officer, you will have a hands-on diverse role, working with the Generation STEM team to develop a suite of STEM programs, tailored to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander secondary students, for delivery in regional NSW, particularly in Moree and its surroundings. You will also play a key role in designing and delivering a range of program activities, workshops and events to promote engagement and involvement in the program, and act as the main local point of contact for program participants and a range of stakeholders. 

You will bring your valuable knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, cultures and the issues affecting these cultures, as well as your well-developed project coordination and communication skills to provide guidance, assistance and support to program participants, including students, teachers and industry partners. As a result, this role will involve frequent travel to Moree and surrounding areas.

Whilst this role is full-time, we welcome applications from those who would be interested in working part-time. CSIRO is committed to Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace and to increasing the employment of Indigenous peoples in our organisation. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider applying for this role. This will be an exciting opportunity for you to be part of an impactful initiative creating better prospects for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students!

Your duties will include:

  • Developing, co-designing and delivering program activities in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, knowledge holders and other stakeholders.
  • Contributing to the program’s planning and processes, including developing program materials/documentation, risk assessments and resources.
  • Providing guidance and assistance to teachers, students and others to support their participation in the program.
  • Establishing, maintaining and fostering ongoing and culturally respectful relationships with schools, families, communities and stakeholders.
  • Understanding and following appropriate protocols when working and communicating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Managing workload and competing priorities to ensure program outputs are delivered on time.

Location: Moree, NSW or Work-from-Home/Remotely (any NSW-based CSIRO and Southern Queensland locations would be considered)
Salary: AU$89K – AU$101K pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified Term until 31 December 2024
Reference: 91619

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant qualification in education/teaching, STEM, community engagement, project management, or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, cultures and the issues affecting these cultures in Australian society, as well as a demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Experience delivering programs/projects to, and/or supporting, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including demonstrated project coordination skills and experience in managing multiple priorities.
  • Highly developed stakeholder management and interpersonal skills including the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships and networks with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Good oral and written communication skills for a range of audiences and in a variety of formats.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and demonstrated capacity for initiative, self-motivation and flexibility.
  • Ability to travel frequently within NSW (particularly to Moree and surrounding areas), including overnight stays.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to work safely with children.
  • A valid Australian Class C driver’s licence.

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.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check, and will be required to obtain or provide evidence that they hold a working with children check prior to confirmation of appointment.

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 online and provide a detailed cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Please note that we strongly encourage you to respond to each of the selection criteria in detail, and attach it to your cover letter as one document.

Applications Close

10 April 2023, 11:00pm AEDT

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