The Opportunity

  • ​​​​​​Do you have experience in museum collection and/or biological specimen management?
  • Have you led large-scale, complex projects?
  • Work with CSIRO’s National Research Collections Australia in this newly created role

CSIRO’s National Research Collections Australia (NRCA) discovers and characterises Australia’s unique biodiversity so that it can be conserved, managed and used for the benefit of our people, industry and environment in a changing world. NRCA provides biological research infrastructure and capability to the Australian and international community, delivering specimens, data, science, training and advice to end-users across government, industry and the STEM sector.

The Canberra Collections Accommodation Project (CCAP) is a co-funded project with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) to build a new purpose-built research facility for NRCA on the CSIRO Black Mountain site.

As the Collections Relocation Manager, you will prepare the Collections for the move and oversee the relocation itself.  You will work closely alongside the Collection Managers, NRCA Leadership Team and CCAP Project Director, and part of this role will include recruiting a dedicated team to support you.

Your duties will include:

  • Developing and managing the operational plan for the National Collections Relocation Project, ensuring all technical requirements are executed on time and on budget, covering preparation, relocation and commissioning activities.
  • Recruiting the National Collections Relocation Project Team and effectively managing team performance, directing and coordinating the completion of all required activities.
  • Working with NRCA staff as a trusted advisor throughout the project e.g., in accessing specimens to ensure Collections’ needs are met.
  • Liaising with national and international institutions to document lessons learnt in Collections relocation projects.

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant work experience in museum collection management and/or biological specimen management.
  • The ability to lead projects of scale and/or complexity, manage project resources and deliver within agreed time, scope and budget parameters.
  • The ability to lead, motivate and empower team members, to establish priorities and manage competing deadlines for self and others.
  • Ability to think laterally and strategically and to anticipate and manage problems in ambiguous situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate openly and effectively and to build strong relationships with staff, stakeholders and clients at all levels and across boundaries together with superior interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, an Australian Permanent or Australian Temporary Resident for the duration of the proposed term (without the requirement for sponsorship by CSIRO). This does not include bridging and other visas which are dependent on the successful approval of future visas.

The successful applicant will also be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

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How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. Reference: 72891.