Geological Indexer

(Ref: 14727)

Ongoing: APS 5
Salary: $68,995 - $76,607 pa + superannuation

The Geochronology and Stratigraphy Section manages and updates the Australian Stratigraphic Units Database (ASUD), and supports the work of the Australian Stratigraphy Commission. This Database is the authoritative source of information regarding the subdivision, nomenclature and knowledge about geological rock units in Australia. The database is used by a variety of external and internal stakeholders including geologists from the resources exploration industry, government geological survey agencies, and academia.

The role of Geological Indexer is responsible for reading geological literature, such as maps, reports, books, journal articles and datasets, and systematically recording relevant information and uploading it to the ASUD. The role requires geological training and scientific literacy, in order that relevant information can be identified and extracted from the geological literature. The role requires an eye for detail, and an interest in data custodianship and public delivery of relevant data in standard formats. The role also involves interaction and information exchange with members of the Australian Stratigraphy Commission, and fielding queries from clients.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful in the role you will:

  • have a tertiary qualification in Geoscience, and an interest in Australian geology.
  • have a sound knowledge of stratigraphic principles.
  • demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy.
  • have the ability to read and comprehend geoscientific literature, and to efficiently identify and extract relevant stratigraphic information.
  • be able to work in a team environment, and to liaise constructively with colleagues and clients.


To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline level security clearance or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.

Commencement of employment is subject to the successful applicant undergoing and satisfying a police history check.

For further information about this position, please contact Cathy Brown on (02) 6249 9535 or email

Applications close: 9 April 2017

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Geoscience Australia's role is to meet the geoscience needs of the nation to build Australia's future. Geoscience Australia is custodian of the geographic and geological data and knowledge of the nation. We create, maintain and disseminate geographic and geological knowledge for the future well being of all Australians. We deliver high quality geoscientific information and advice to inform evidence-based policy development. We have a strong focus on client and stakeholder relationships to ensure the relevance of our work. These relationships are underpinned by our core values: Influence, Capability, Excellence, and Accountability. Our employees enjoy the benefits of working for the Australian Public Service and the relaxed lifestyle of the modern city of Canberra.

If you are experiencing any problems, please contact Recruitment on (02) 6249 9777


posted: 28 March 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.