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 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 our AIMS Strategy 2025 targets.

About this Opportunity

AIMS is committed to occupational health and safety (OHS) and to safeguarding our environment. Our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, collaborators, volunteers, and visitors. We operate in challenging environments and undertake activities where active care is required to manage the health and safety of our workers. AIMS responds to this challenge with an organisation-wide approach to risk management and a relentless focus on developing our safety culture and systems.

We recognise that safety management is intrinsically linked with our science quality and delivery through superior planning of our work. The AIMS’ Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Officer is a key member of our HSE team. Primarily this role is responsible for supporting day to day operations which are both routine and emergent and includes, pragmatic problem solving, providing incident and action management support, facilitating audit and inspections regimes, arranging health assessments, supporting risk management processes, and maintaining HSE-related records and data utilising AIMS systems.

Additionally, this role will contribute to the implementation of AIMS’ Psychologically Safe Workplace (PSW) Framework and associated initiatives and activities, in addition to Chairing AIMS Sustainable Environment Advisory (SEA) Network; facilitating a ground up approach to reducing AIMS environmental impact.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions which are detailed in our Enterprise Agreement 2020 – 2023. The successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 3 salary ($67,411 to $75,958 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including tele-working where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Full-time, 3-year Fixed Term opportunity
  • Located in Townsville (Qld)

About You

Relying on your Occupational Health and Safety qualifications and extensive experience in delivering HSE support services within a scientific research environment you will work with the HSE Team in supporting AIMS personnel, and delivering on operational business objectives. Your excellent time management and organisational skills, and the ability to prioritise work demands will enable you to advance HSE initiatives, processes and systems in support, to specification and within timeframes.

NB: Non-Australian Citizens must hold an appropriate Visa with working entitlements that allows paid employment with AIMS for the term of the appointment, depending on the relevant Department of Home Affairs current policies.

Next Step

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below. If, after reviewing the position description included in the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience, and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Below you will also find our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria, which are detailed in the Candidate Information Pack.

Submitting your application: Prior to clicking on the APPLY NOW button below, please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, CV, and cover letter) ready to attach to your online application form.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.

Recruitment Contact: Position enquiries are to be directed to Dominique Wiseman at D.Wiseman@aims.gov.au.

Applications close: Wednesday, 08-December-2021 (midnight, AEST time).

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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