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Systematic Botanist - Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

Organisation / Entity: Cities & Active Transport
Job category:
  • Environmental
Job location:
  • Sydney Region / Sydney - West
Job reference number: 528317
Work type: Full-Time
Total remuneration package: Scientific Officer Grade 1-2
Closing date: 09/06/2023 - 11:55 PM


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  • Systematic Botanist, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan
  • 2 x Ongoing Full Time Opportunities, located at Mount Annan
  • Scientific Officer Grade 1-2, salary relative to experience and ranges from $67,975 to $104,994 + super


Showcasing approximately 4000 species of Australian native plants, the Australian Botanic Garden is part of the Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust and home to the Australian PlantBank and The National Herbarium of New South Wales, both major scientific research and conservation centres for the flora of Australia.  


About the role


The Systematic Botanist develops and manages an active, productive research program into plant systematics in the broad sense, including preparing and publishing outcomes in various media, as well as managing the taxonomic curation of selected herbarium collections and providing identification advice to clients.


The Systematic Botanist is a member of the Plant Discovery and Evolution Research team, a diverse and inclusive group of scientists, Early-Career Researchers, and technical staff, and collaborates actively with other members of the team and the Gardens in delivering a broad range of outcomes in addition to their independent research program.


We are particularly looking for creative, dynamic, and collaborative researchers, including those at an early career stage with emerging skills (e.g., phylogenomic analysis) or specific systematic expertise that will complement those of ongoing team members.


The Systematic Botanist will have the opportunity to apply for entry to the NSW Public Service Commission Research Scientist Classification, offering an attractive salary scale ($99,868-$203,484) and career structure for employees primarily engaged in scientific research.


This is an exciting opportunity to join a group of world-leading scientific staff. This role is based at the brand new National Herbarium of NSW in Mount Annan (inaugurated in 2022), home to 1.4 million physical and digital plant specimens and state-of-the-art facilities and molecular laboratories.


The Royal Botanic Garden and Domain Trust aim at being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer valuing diverse career trajectories and work-life balance, including flexible working policies. We welcome all eligible candidates regardless of gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, colour, ethnical background, origin, and religion.


About You


The successful candidate will have;

  • Tertiary qualifications (e.g., PhD) in Biological and/or Botanical Science, with substantial training in systematic botany and extensive knowledge of plants. 
  • Australian Citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Current driver's license with the ability to operate manual vehicles.
  • Knowledge of and experience in, appropriate research techniques (e.g., specimen collection, microscopy, phylogenomics, comparative methods) in the herbarium, field and laboratory, with a good knowledge of the Australian flora. 
  • Knowledge of systematic botany (plant taxonomy) and nomenclature in relation to the understanding of herbarium collections and record keeping practices within collections. 


For more information read the full Role Description: Systematic Botanist


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Transport for NSW keeps our State moving by providing safe, integrated and efficient transport systems. We put our customers at the centre of everything we do – and we do a lot. We connect people, communities and industry and manage how they use our road, rail and maritime networks and services, and active modes like walking and cycling. The work we do connects the journeys you take every day.

We are in the middle of delivering the largest transport infrastructure program in Australia's history. We work across planning, policy and procurement, harnessing data and technology to develop smarter and more adaptive transport solutions.


The Division

The Cities and Active Transport Division ensures our cities and neighbourhoods are integrated with transport and we make our streets and public places functional, beautiful, inclusive, and inviting for all to enjoy.

We do this through creating alignment across government on strategic outcomes and a focus on excellence in placemaking and quality design.


To Apply

Please note, the Department of Planning & Environment (DPE) currently provides recruitment services to Transport for NSW. 


If excited by the information above, we look forward to receiving your application, including a copy of your resume and cover letter expressing your interest and suitability for the role. 


Applications close 9 June 2023 at 11:55pm


Should you require further information about the role please contact Hervé Sauquet via Herve.Sauquet@botanicgardens.nsw.gov.au


A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.


Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

 Our Diversity team can assist to:

• provide alternative formats to apply

• make adjustments to the recruitment process

• offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks


We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on Diversity@DPIE.nsw.gov.au (please include reference number).


If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/our-mob-on-country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.


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