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Research Leader (Botanist)
Department for Environment and Water
Job reference: 426260
Location: 5000 - ADELAIDE
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

About the Branch:

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium (BGSH) is formed under the auspices of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Act (1978). The Botanic Gardens have established living collections of plants exhibiting botanical diversity and the State Herbarium is a scientific collection of more than 1 million plant specimens from South Australia and globally, housed in the Historic Building, the Old Tram Barn, on the grounds of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.


The mission for the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium is to ‘build an understanding and appreciation of the botanical world’ providing life-long experiences across generations.

About the Role:

The Research Leader (Botanist) is a part time position responsible for supporting delivery of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbariums (BGSH) Science and Conservation agenda. A central function of the role will be to identify and prepare collaborative funding bids and grant applications to expand and support BGSH and South Australian priority outcomes, and will be expected to co-develop integrated and high quality evidence based outputs that support the Science and Conservation programme botanists and Senior Leadership Team.

To be successful in this position you must be able to demonstrate that you possess in-depth current knowledge and have a sound grasp of all relevant aspects of taxonomic research and preparing appropriate grant applications and maintain up to date and sound knowledge of the functioning of native plant populations and communities and South Australian taxonomy.

Special Conditions:

  • A current class “C” driver’s licence and willingness and ability to safely operate a 4wd is essential.
  • May be required to undertake intra or interstate travel and work outside of the normal hours of work.
  • This role has been designated as a Position of Trust pursuant to the standards required in the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework. By applying for this role you consent to being screened under the process of obtaining a National Police Clearance (NPC), and to the Department requiring you to obtain an NPC.
  • May be required to participate in fire management or associated duties.


Tertiary or post graduate qualification in Environment, Biological or Botanical Science or similar is essential.


This is a part-time position which will be offered at 0.6FTE (22.5 hours per week) up to 30 June 2022.

PO4 - $104,296 min - $113,505 max per annum pro rata.


Kirsty Bevan, Manager, Science and Conservation
8222 9436

Application Instructions:

Applications are to be submitted online through I WORK FOR SA.
Applicants are to submit an employment declaration, CV and letter of application (max 3 pages) addressing the Technical, Professional/Knowledge and Experience (including qualifications) as outlined in the Role Description.

Applications close: 04/03/2021 11:00 PM

- Applicant Guidelines 2020.pdf
- Role Statement - PO4 - Research Leader, Botanist.pdf
- employment declaration.pdf

Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.