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Reference Number 11387
Position Title Senior Field Officer
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location MacNamara Street
Minimum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 4.1 - 36.25 h/w 
Maximum Award/Classification QLGO-Lev 4.4 - 36.25 h/w 
Roster Pattern 19 day month 
Position Summary

Senior Field Officer

Vacancy Reference: 11387

Salary Range: $67,117.71 to $71,688.36

Location: MacNamara Street, Water Laboratory

Close Date: 11 March 2018

Applications: Must be submitted online via the Cairns Regional Council website.


Primary Objectives of the position:

  • Coordinate and supervise the Laboratory's sampling programs utilising the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Manage the Laboratory Assistant / Field Officer team.
  • Coordinate the maintenance, repair and calibration of field equipment.
  • Consult with internal and external clients on sampling requirements.


The successful candidate will possess:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Science (Chemistry, Biology or otherrelevant science subjects).
  • Demonstrated experience in water sampling and operation of field based chemical testing equipment
  • Proficiency in Microsft Office and LIMS.
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation and management of sampling programs.
  • Experience managing environmental data. 
  • Boat licence (or be willing to acquire) 
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and largely unsupervised, as well as within a team, and demonstrated ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of stakeholders. 


For a full listing of the Key Duties & Responsibilities and full Selection Criteria, please refer to the position description on our website.


Cairns Regional Council offers the following benefits: 

  • 19 day month rostered day off
  • 5 weeks annual leave
  • 12% contribution to superannuation
  • Annual leave loading
  • Subsidised uniform allowance
  • Subsidised health and well-being membership (gym / swimming pool)
  • On-going opportunities for learning and professional development


How to apply:

Your application must be submitted online and consist of the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Selection Criteria Response addressing the three main elements as detailed in the full selection criteria
  • Copy of your current resume

Applications not addressing the full selection criteria may not be accepted. 


Pre-employment Assessment: 

As part of the selection process, the successful candidate will be required to undertake the following pre-employment medical assessments;

  • a pre-employment medical, which will include a medical assessment, functional capacity assessment and drug and alcohol test.
  • a national police / criminal history check.
Selection Criteria Desirable: Do you have previous experience working in Local Government?
Essential: Do you have demonstrated high level computer skills in particular the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word/Excel)?
Essential: Do you have previous experience working in a water testing laboratory, or other laboratory experience relevant to the position?
Essential: Do you have tertiary qualifications in science (Chemistry, Biology or other relevant science subject?)?
Contact Person Cairns Regional Council Recruitment Team
Contact Number (07) 4044 3310
Contact Email
Closing Date 18/03/2018
Position Description
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm (AEST) on the closing date.
Please ensure your application is added before this time as we do not accept late applications.