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Research Assistant (Orchid Conservation)

Royal Botanic Gardens - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Full Job Description
The organisation has locations in both Melbourne and Cranbourne, which includes over 360 hectares of indigenous remnant vegetation within the City of Casey. RBGV also has stewardship for the National Herbarium of Victoria, Victorian Conservation Seedbank and invaluable State Botanical Collection, an irreplaceable global asset and the ‘ark' for Victoria's flora. The Traditional Owners of the lands upon which we work and learn are the peoples of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future, and acknowledge traditional wisdom in plant, land and water management of this precious country for over 40000 years.
About the role
The Research Assistant (Orchid Conservation) based at the Cranbourne site of RBGV is responsible for supporting the research priorities of the RBGV by contributing to the functioning of: the laboratories, orchid seed and mycorrhizal banks and extensive ex-situ nursery conservation collections. A significant part of this position will be the propagation and reintroduction of threatened Australian terrestrial orchid species being managed under Federal Recovery Plans, to the highest standard expected by the scientific community. Research areas will include mycorrhizal ecology and identification using molecular techniques, propagation, pollination ecology and re-introductions. The position is required to work with a vibrant team including staff, research students, volunteers and stakeholders in the field and laboratory to achieve conservation outcomes for threatened flora.
About You
The successful applicant will have a minimum of an Honours or Master's degree in science, or a similar tertiary qualification in biological or botanical science, with several post-graduate years technical experience. You will have demonstrated experience in providing excellent-quality research support in a biological sciences research environment, along with experience in planning and conducting high-quality research. You will have excellent communication and written skills, using these to write for scientific publications and journals, support grants and tender preparation and analyse data using relevant software. You can work independently but also alongside other staff and researchers. You can speak confidently with a variety of stakeholders and take a proactive and organised approach to work. Your commitment to improving our collective knowledge on botanical and biological conservation will be clear. You are now looking to join a high-performing team in a fixed-task capacity. All other key selection criteria can be found in the position description which is located under the attachments heading on the Victorian Government Careers website.
How to Apply
To apply for this role, please visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's website at http://jobs.careers.vic.gov.au by 16th May 2021. To be considered for this position you must submit a recent resume along with a document (2-page max.) responding to each of the Key Selection Criteria as stated in the position description. Enquiries can be directed by email to Frank Udovicic at recruitment@rbg.vic.gov.au. Applications will only be accepted via the Victorian Government website. RBGV is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our organisation is a proudly child safe organisation and committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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