Seedbank Assistant

NSW Government

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Job Posted: 10/10/2018

Job Category:

Science & Technology / Environmental

Job description:
Job Title: Seedbank Assistant
Job Grade / Classification: Technical Officer (Scientific) Grade 1/2
Employment Type: Temporary Full time for up to 9 months
Location: Mount Annan 

Agency overview
Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands (‘BGCP’) is the operating name used following the operational integration of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust. The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is responsible for the management and stewardship of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Domain, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.

The Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust is responsible for the long-term strategic planning of the Parklands, as well as the operational day-to-day management of the three parks - Centennial Park, Moore Park and Queens Park.

BGCP aims to minimise our environmental footprint through pollution prevention practices and be a role model for others to follow. All staff, volunteers, consultants and contractors are required to adhere to our Environmental Policy, Environmental Management System, and comply with relevant environmental legislation, government regulations, policies and agreements.

About the Role
The Australian Plantbank, located at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is a leading native seed conservation facility. Plantbank supports an active seed collecting and research program, with a strong focus on NSW threatened species. Working as part of the seedbank team, the Seedbank Assistant supports both seed collection development and curation, through participation in the state-wide seed collection program, including collection documentation, photography, seed processing/cleaning and germination testing. This is an excellent opportunity to further develop your botanical, ecological and laboratory skills and be part of a specialist team working on threatened species seed conservation state-wide contributing to the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage ‘Saving our Species’ program.

Essential requirements
• A degree in science or horticultural/scientific TAFE qualifications relevant to the role.
• Field botanical skills and knowledge of Australian flora, including collecting and processing seeds.
• Current Australian Drivers licence, with ability to drive manual vehicles and willingness to undertake remote fieldwork trips for extended periods of time.

Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility
At the Planning and Environment Cluster, we believe a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to the success of our business and are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the communities of NSW.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Good to know
A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period. 

To Apply
Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter

Q1. Please describe an example where your field botany skills were relied on to support a project. Explain your contribution to the project, and the methods, resources and time needed to achieve the goal.

Q2. Please describe an example where you have been required to rethink your approach to a laboratory or field-based environmental project due to unforeseen events. How did you adaptively manage the situation and communicate as part of the project team? 

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.) 

Applications Close: Sunday 28 October 2018 at 11:59pm.

Should you require further information about the role please contact; Peter Cuneo on 0438 641086 or

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