Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traineeship - Horticulture


  • 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 CSIRO Agriculture and Food to undertake a workplace-based traineeship. In this role you will join the Potting shed and assist in the delivery of essential glasshouse services. You will be responsible for the preparation of materials for greenhouse operation by undertaking various filling, transport, spraying and sterilisation tasks. This position works closely with other technical and scientific staff, and has impact across a range of projects researching plant growth, disease and crop yield.

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 further employment with CSIRO subject to the availability of a position.

Your duties will include

  • Preparing growth media for use in research experiments, including mixing, adding fertiliser and sterilisation.
  • Delivering growth media to the relevant laboratories or glasshouses.
  • Assisting in the maintenance of the glasshouses and surrounding grounds, and conducting regular pest control operations including identifying and treating common glasshouse pests.
  • Operating tractors, ATVs and other light agricultural machinery (no special license required).

Location: Black Mountain, ACT
Salary: AU$23,459 to AU$26,001 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Duration: Specified term of approximately 12 months depending on course of study
Reference: 59305

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

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.


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

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


At CSIRO you can be part of helping to solve big, complex problems that make a real difference to our future. We spark off each other, learn from each other, trust each other and collaborate to achieve more than we could individually in a supportive, rewarding, inclusive and truly flexible environment.

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You will be requested to provide:

  1. A resume and cover letter advising why you are interested in the traineeship with CSIRO; and
  2. Confirmation of Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander descent (this can be provided later if necessary). 

Applications Close: 03 December 2018

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