The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide

Training and Engagement Officer - TERN | Biological Sciences


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(HEO6) $86,360 - $93,285 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

2 Years Fixed Term Full Time

TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network) is Australia's field-based ecological observatory; collecting, recording and sharing data and samples using highly instrumented monitoring sites, surveys and remote-sensing techniques such as drones and satellites. TERN's model-ready data enables researchers, land managers and policy-makers to detect and interpret changes in ecosystems from continental scale to field sites at more than 1000 representative locations. Since 2012, TERN's Ecosystem Surveillance group, based at The University of Adelaide, has collected soil and vegetation data and samples according to standardised, widely endorsed and consistent protocols. The TERN Australia Soil and Herbarium Collection houses over 150,000 vegetation and soil samples, which are freely available for researchers to access on request along with the associated contextual data. TERN's world-class surveillance monitoring infrastructure supports long-term ecological and biodiversity inventory, environmental monitoring and prediction, reporting and assessment, underpinning decisions about our greatest environmental challenges. TERN is enabled by the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

You can learn more about TERN by clicking the link here: https: // www.

The TERN Team are seeking a dynamic and motivated Training and Engagement Officer to work with a team of 2-3 Scientific Field Officers to deliver on- ground training programs for a joint project with the Australian Government Ecological Monitoring System Australia (EMSA).

EMSA is a set of nationally standardised survey modules and data systems aimed at improving the collection, management and storage of ecological field data by the natural resource management (NRM) community.

The Training and Engagement Office will enjoy:

  • Coordinating the EMSA training program, with 4-5 on-ground 3-5 day field training courses conducted annually across Australia
  • Delivering the field training components with the support of the team.
  • Delivering online training webinars, workshops, and instructional short videos.
  • Regular interstate and remote travel, indicatively six – eight times per year including camping is required. When not in the field, the Training and Engagement Officer will be based with TERN Ecosystem Surveillance at the Waite campus, Urrbrae.

    To be successful you will need:

  • Experience carrying out ecological surveys, including vegetation sampling methodologies, and specimen preparation techniques, field classification and species identification, requiring adherence to appropriate management of health, safety and environmental challenges.
  • Experience in electronic ecological field data collection, curation and data management.
  • Experience in planning, coordinating, managing and delivering training, engagement or outreach activities to a broad level of student's skills, experience and competencies.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to present to external audiences, demonstrate field method techniques to groups (including up to 30-40 people) in-person, and present online workshops.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders to influence and effect change.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the organisational values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery, and a commitment to positively comply with the associated behaviour expectations.
  • Qualifications / Licences

  • Completion of a degree in a relevant field (science, agricultural science, ecology, environmental studies etc.) with subsequent relevant experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Current C (car) class drivers licence, and experience driving manual vehicles.
  • Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment (desirable).
  • Relocation assistance may be available for the right candidate.

    Enjoy an outstanding career environment

    The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

    It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

    Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

    We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

    In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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    If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

    Applications close 11:55pm, Tuesday 11 June 2024.

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Caleb Coish TERN Business and Finance Manager P: +61 (8) 8313 1142 E: [email protected]

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    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

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    Job details


    Training and Engagement Officer - TERN | Biological Sciences


    The University of Adelaide




    May 10, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Biology,Geosciences,Physics,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public research university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia.

    The university has four campuses, three in South Australia: North Terrace campus in the city, Roseworthy campus at Roseworthy and Waite campus at Urrbrae, and one in Melbourne, Victoria. The university also operates out of other areas such as Thebarton, the National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands, and in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

    The University of Adelaide is composed of five faculties, with each containing constituent schools. These include the Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of the Professions, and the Faculty of Sciences. It is a member of the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is also a member of the Sandstone universities, which mostly consist of colonial-era universities within Australia.

    The university is associated with five Nobel laureates, constituting one-third of Australia's total Nobel Laureates, and 110 Rhodes scholars. The university has had a considerable impact on the public life of South Australia, having educated many of the state's leading businesspeople, lawyers, medical professionals and politicians. The university has been associated with many notable achievements and discoveries, such as the discovery and development of penicillin, the development of space exploration, sunscreen, the military tank, Wi-Fi, polymer banknotes and X-ray crystallography, and the study of viticulture and oenology.

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