Senior Scientist


Department of Environment and Science


Dutton Park, Brisbane, Queensland

Salary etc:

$96,034 - $103,287 p.a. (PO4). Permanent. Flexible full-time.


Job ad reference: QLD/337732/20

The purpose of the role is to develop climate risk information and seasonal conditions assessment to support more sustainable land management through integration of seasonal climate outlooks, grazing systems analysis, remote sensing imagery-based products, pasture growth and water balance modelling.

This role is responsible for field survey of pasture and tree resources and land condition using efficient electronic methods, including UAV drones and for developing methodologies to measure pasture biomass and quality from UAV imagery and other remotely sensed data. This role is primarily responsible for undertaking field survey and assessment of pasture resources and land condition to support critical R&D projects. The projects include evaluating the impact of grazing land management and use activities to address reef water quality targets and outcomes.

The Senior Scientist (PO4) is a role in which you will:

  • Lead the Grazing Land Systems environmental field survey program, including innovative measurement and assessment of pasture and tree resources, land condition, grazing systems and noxious weeds.
  • Undertake field work in remote areas, often in difficult conditions, recording field data by efficient electronic methods, including using UAV drones with photogrammetric, multi-spectral and hyperspectral methods for assessing height, cover, biomass and quality of pastures.
  • Undertake landscape mapping using UAV drones as required, including gully erosion and streambank condition.
  • Provide expert technical advice and support on UAV technology, pasture resources and land condition to improve decision support products for graziers to better manage drought and land condition, including in reef catchments.
  • Provide advice to collaborative partners, internal and external clients on monitoring and modelling outcomes including scientific workshops, regional body and stakeholder groups and the production of technical and peer reviewed papers for international scientific journals.
  • Research, develop and assess methodologies, to measure pasture resources from UAV imagery and other remotely sensed data, including the use of commercial and open source software tools, where appropriate and develop and maintain an understanding of emerging applications, knowledge and techniques applicable to the role.
  • Support and utilise the governance policy and procedure, systems, activities and processes within the work unit to fulfil all obligations under legislation including the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and the Financial Accountability Act 2009.
  • Foster a workplace culture that supports and promotes the interests of First Nations people and actively engage through our work to contribute to better outcomes for First Nations people.

We are committed to building inclusive cultures in the Queensland public sector that respect and promote human rights and diversity.

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