Yarragadee Geodetic Observatory Assistance Manager

(Ref: 18205)
Ongoing: APS 6
Salary: $82,846 - $95,898 pa + 15.4% superannuation

Geoscience Australia is responsible for Australia's national coordinate reference system and contributing to the maintenance and development of the International Terrestrial Reference Frame. The MOBLAS-5 Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) station, also known as Yarragadee SLR station, is located 100 kilometres south east of Geraldton, Western Australia, on the Yatharagga property near Mingenew. The SLR station is a key component of the Yarragadee Geodetic Observatory (YGO) which also includes Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS) and absolute gravity infrastructure. The SLR station has been operational since 1979 and is currently operated in partnership by Geoscience Australia and NASA as a key component of the global satellite tracking infrastructure. Data from the station is used to support all geospatial activity in Australia. The YGO operates on a 24 hour x 7 day-a-week basis. The opportunity is for a person to take on the role as Assistant Manager of YGO including: assisting in the management of YGO and working as part of a team of observers contributing to the geodetic activities of Geoscience Australia and the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS).

What you will do

In this role you will:

  • Be the Assistant Manager of YGO, supporting the operations, upgrades and maintenance of the hardware, software and facilities.
  • Assist in the management of the team of SLR observers.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of SLR quality assurance and quality checking processes at YGO.
  • Be part of a team making observations of satellites using the satellite laser ranging equipment. Rostered shift work is required.
  • Contributing data to the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS).


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 Nicholas Brown on (02) 6249 9831 or email nicholas.brown@ga.gov.au.

Applications close: 01 July 2018

Apply online at http://www.ga.gov.au/about/careers.

Geoscience Australia is an Australian Government listed entity within the Jobs and Innovation portfolio. Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. We are the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. We apply our diverse professional expertise, our deep and trusted knowledge, our national-scale Earth observation infrastructure and our strong partnerships, to the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.

Geoscience Australia values diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experiences of our employees and is committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that ensures everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. Geoscience Australia is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees and has a work health and safety management system that incorporates a wellness program. We offer a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and an attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.

Further information about pay and conditions can be found in the Enterprise Agreement 2016-19.

If you are experiencing any problems, please contact Human resources on (02) 6249 9777.


posted: 14 June 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.