About AIMS

The Australian Institute of Marine Science is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.

We are a trusted advisor, a partner and employer of choice, and we value integrity, innovation, collaboration and respect.

AIMS’ research of Australia’s tropical marine ecosystems guides their effective environmental management and contributes to our understanding of similar ecosystems around the world. Our research seeks to deliver practical benefit to all Australians and supports the sustainable use of our tropical marine estate. Governments, reef managers, industry and the wider community look to our high-quality, long-term research for informed decisions about our iconic Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf, and Arafura and Timor Seas.

AIMS expert teams at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to world-class infrastructure, unique data-sets, cutting-edge laboratories and a fleet of modern research vessels.

At AIMS, the way we work guides our team members’ on their collective journey towards the successful delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About this Opportunity

Within our Operations and Infrastructure group, the Engineering and Field Operations team are an enabling resource for AIMS’ Research Programs, through the management of our Marine Infrastructure and the provision on related specialised services. An opportunity exists for a trade based Field Technician to join our Engineering and Field Operations Team.

In this role you will impact the delivery of our AIMS Strategy 2025 by assisting scientific staff in the pursuit of research goals and objectives in both laboratory and field environments through the operation, maintenance, deployment and development of remote observing equipment. You will actively participate in the planning, deployment, operation and maintenance of field-deployed scientific equipment and instruments ensuring that all safety and legal standards are met and requirements for precision, accuracy and reliability are achieved. You will liaise with research staff on the design, manufacture, fabrication and implementation of field-deployed observation and other engineering equipment.

Your well-developed interpersonal skills and technical knowledge will enable you to effectively communicate with scientific staff to gain an understanding of their needs, develop innovative solutions and to explain design specifications and safety requirements for usage in a clear and understandable manner. You will provide support during remote off-shore field trips, in often demanding conditions for extended periods and at times with limited technical resources. During these field trips you will be required to apply your advanced workshop skills for field maintenance work, calibration and testing and fault finding of electronics hardware and mechanical components.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. The successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 3 Enhanced Salary ($76,569 to $82,853 per annum)
  • 15.4% superannuation
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, permanent opportunity
  • Located in Townsville, Queensland

About You

Relying on your relevant trade qualification, field workshop skills and substantial marine experience, you will have the ability to:

  • work at sea in often demanding conditions for extended periods in remote locations;
  • undertake field maintenance work, calibration and testing and fault finding of electronics hardware; and
  • produce technical and field reports.

Next Step

Prior to commencing your application for this exciting and challenging opportunity, please download the Candidate Information Pack for this vacancy via the link below. In the Pack you will find detailed information about this position. If after reviewing the Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience and technical capabilities will enable you to successfully deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in receiving an application from you.

Please note that for your application to be considered you must follow the “How to Apply” instructions detailed in our Candidate Information Pack. To assist you with your application, we suggest that you also download and review our Application Guide via the link below. 

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method. Position enquiries can be directed to Gary Brinkman - g.brinkman@aims.gov.au.

Applications close Monday, 28-September-2020 (Midnight, AEST).


The Australian Institute of Marine Science acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and sea on which we work. We recognise the unique relationships and enduring cultural and spiritual connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to land and sea, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

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