Technical Officer/Station Manager, One Tree Island

Gladstone, Australia
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to manage the day to day operations of the One Tree Island Research Station, located in the Great Barrier Reef, QLD.
  • X2 positions, 35 hours p/w, 2 year fixed-term contract with option to work 6 months on 6 months off for the duration. $74k-$83k+ annual leave loading and a generous superannuation.  
  • Reside on the island, self-manage your work load and spend the unique experience away from mainland and civilisation.

About the opportunity 

Once in a life time opportunity to join the Facilities and Remote Site Operations Team for the Faculty of Science. There are two positions for the management of the One Tree Island Research Station (OTIRS) located in Queensland. In collaboration, these positions will be responsible for managing all aspects of the daily operation of the Station’s facilities. The daily operation tasks include providing expert technical support to the researchers and students; ensuring that the relevant Work, Health and Safety standards are met and aligned with the University’s policy; overseeing general care and maintenance of the facility, equipment, and vessels; and management of visitors to name a few. As the management of the Station requires collaborative work and for the positions to complement each other, there is an assumption that in combination these positions will meet the selection criteria.

These roles require residing on the island for the agreed contract period with costs of travel two the mainland for two periods of leave per 12 month period covered by the University. Your hours will be self-managed, across 7 days a week depending on the work load and what is required. This is a unique opportunity to see the island and marine life from another perspective. While the island is remote it is supported by solar power with battery and diesel generator backup and high-speed internet. Water is collected and treated from rain water. Heating of water and cooking is via gas. Toilets are composting. Please be conscious of these remote conditions when considering your application.

Day to day duties will cover:

  • Maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of petrol and diesel engines, electrical systems including solar power and inverters.
  • Experience in the maintenance of aluminium vessels from 3m – 11m and operation and maintenance of 6hp-225hp outboards, including annual surveys and slipping.
  • Experience in the inspection, repair and replacement of moorings – understanding of galvanic corrosion
  • General handyman skills to undertake building and equipment maintenance.
  • Administration and online database management.
  • General cleaning and maintenance of the island, visitor accommodation, research laboratories, boats and research/laboratory equipment.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are recruiting for 2 resident positions at the One Tree Island Station in QLD in the role of Technical Station Manager who possesses experience in the following areas:

  • Ability to work in isolated conditions with small groups of people, 6 months at a time.
  • Qualifications to operate a vessel in open ocean conditions in the Capricorn Bunker Group (Coxswain Grade 1 Unrestricted).
  • Have a sound knowledge of weather systems, tides, currents and practice good seamanship
  • Current senior first aid certification (including advanced CPR) and O2 resuscitation (including scuba diving licence) – can be arranged by the University if required.
  • Adequate strength in both arms and flexible joints to lift, carry, push and pull a variety of loads in different situations safely. Have full range of normal movement, strength, manipulation, and quick movements in all joints of both upper limbs including ability to tolerate repetitive work tasks.
  • Must be a confident people’s person and communicator, giving in-depth site inductions, greeting visitors and taking control of certain situations under pressure.

About us

The Faculty of Science is one of six faculties operating within the University and includes the Schools of Chemistry, Geosciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Psychology, the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science. The Faculty stewards a range of research entities including the Sydney Institute of Agriculture and the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, and partners with University-wide research centres including the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), the Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) and the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology (AINST).

Spreading across all sites from Camperdown, to Camden to remote locations such as Narrabri and One Tree Island, the Facilities and Remote Sites Operations team is responsible for keeping information up to date regarding equipment, assets, facilities at the various buildings and spaces the Faculty occupy. The team enables the proactive lodging and follow-up of service requests, ensure that local inductions are systematically conducted, and seek efficiencies where possible. Working closely with the broader team of technical operations specialists in each of the Schools, this team is also involved in developing an ongoing and sustainable assets management plan for the Faculty.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 1578/0819C to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 3 September 2019 (Sydney Time)