Seaweed Hatchery Technologist
Department of Primary Industries and Regions
Job reference: 576948
Location: 5024 - WEST BEACH
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

The Opportunity

We have an opportunity for a Seaweed hatchery technologist to be part of the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) within the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

The primary purpose of the role is to provide and deliver outcomes for various industry and grant funded projects of the Algal Production Group within SARDI’s Aquaculture Program.

Reporting to the Sub-program Leader (Algal Production), the seaweed hatchery technologist will develop and optimise hatchery techniques for Asparagopsis and other commercially important seaweed species. This position is funded as part of the National Seaweed Hatchery Network (NSHM) to develop reliable and reproducible hatchery techniques for A. armata with the aim of developing a hatchery manual for use by seaweed aquaculturists to produce inoculum for land and at-sea farming. The effectiveness of this role requires sound knowledge and experience working on hatchery methodologies for seaweeds.

The role contributes to delivering R&D outcomes on hatchery technology and other R&D projects within the sub-program. The role also contributes delivering the agency’s priorities including increased production of our primary industries, grow regions and building partnerships with industry to grow the value of primary industries by leveraging government’s cross-functional capabilities to pursue opportunities where South Australia has a competitive advantage.

About Us

South Australia is internationally recognised for the quality of its agriculture, food, and wine. Our regions are the backbone of our state and the economic powerhouse that drives prosperity for all South Australians.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is a key economic development agency working in partnership with our primary industries, regional stakeholders and across all levels of government to advance the prosperity and sustainability of South Australia’s primary industries and regional communities.

We are a passionate team of around 800 people working across metropolitan and regional South Australia to develop and protect our state’s regions and food, wine, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, grains, livestock, dairy and horticulture industries.

It's no wonder there are so many exciting and diverse career opportunities in our organisation. If you’re ready to join us, apply now!


At the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.  We embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, irrespective of culture, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or age.

Special Conditions

  • Successful applicant will be required to satisfactorily complete a National Police Check (NPC) prior to being made an offer of employment.
  • Australian residency or current works permit is required (responsibility of applicant to provide evidence of a current work permit).
  • This is a term position until 5 February 2026 and extendable subject to funding.


  • Possession of a current Class C driver’s license and willingness to drive.
  • Out of hours work and inter- and intrastate travel may be required.
  • The position is based out of SARDI. West Beach
  • May be required to work out of hours and on weekend and public holidays.
  • You acknowledge your work, health and safety obligations and our expectations when applying for a role.
  • The incumbent will be required to undertake emergency management training and must be willing to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities required by government agencies.

PO2 - $86,950 min - $96,223 max per annum, plus superannuation

Sasi Nayar
Program Leader Aquaculture
Phone: 08 84290785

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted online.

If you are interested in this opportunity please see the attached applicant instructions and outline your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Achievement Orientation and Communication capabilities of the attached role description.

Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees with 1 being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

Applications close: 29/02/2024 11:45 PM

- Application Guidelines.pdf
- Pre-Employment-Declaration.pdf
- Role Description - PO2 Seaweed Hatchery Technologist#2.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.