Casual Field Research Aide

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: PartTime

  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

  • Immediate Start, Casual role, perfect for those who like working outdoors

  • Suitable for students, travellers, anyone interested in agricultural research

  • Based at Ayr Research Station

About This Opportunity  

Working under close supervision, you will fulfil a range of basic/entry-level tasks which directly support work the UQ Technical and Research teams located at the Ayr Research Facility, with all aspects of Research.

Key responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):  

Research Aide

  • Manual handling of research-related equipment, materials, and other research-related items

  • Attending to greenhouses/fields/crops as relevant to the research activity and as directed by supervisor

  • Handling/setting up and/or cleaning up equipment, materials, or research-related items

  • Basic field work

  • Other tasks as requested by the supervisor

Field work

  • Chipping weeds

  • Bagging plots and staple bags

  • Assisting with hand harvesting

  • Assisting with plant cuts and processing for data collection

  • Assisting with hand planting of plots

  • Able to assist with planting or harvesting when required

This is a Casual position at HEW Level 1.1  

The casual hourly rate will be $36.17/hour plus super of up to 10.5%.   

For further information about UQ’s benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ  and reviewThe University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021 .  

About the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)   

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ) which was established in 2010 and comprises of four research centres – the Centre for Crop Science, the Centre for Horticultural Science, the Centre for Animal Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences.

QAAFI’s team of 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff undertake high impact science for agriculture and food industries. The institute’s strong partnership with the Queensland Government provides our researchers with a direct link to the agriculture industry in Queensland, and world class field research facilities throughout Queensland. Agriculture is one of UQ’s highest ranked research fields nationally and internationally and QAAFI is a global leader in agricultural research in subtropical and tropical production systems.

QAAFI scientists are driven to make a difference to the agriculture and food industries and have over 150 collaborators worldwide.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s website at .

About You

This is an entry-level position where structured on-the-job training and close supervision will be provided to the successful candidate. This role is ideally suited to a student, traveller or person wishing to take their first steps towards a Research Assistant or Research career.

  • An interest in working in a research environment

  • Willing to work as part of a team

  • Reliable and with good attention to detail

  • Willing to uphold the highest standards of occupational health and safety

  • Ability to undertake work of a physical nature

  In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 


To discuss this role please contact Cassie Martinez,  07 3365 4364.  

For application queries, please contact  stating the job reference number in the subject line.  

 Want to Apply?  

All applicants must supply the following documents:  

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section     

  • Resume  

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion .  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to  

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications will be reviewed as received and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis. We encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. The University of Queensland reserves the right to close this application process at any time.

View or Apply

Similar Positions