First listed on: 08 September 2023

Applied Northern Australia Regional Development Economist


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Bring your applied economics experience (cost-benefit and trade-off analysis) to work across a range of domain areas including agriculture, renewable energy and/or water and catchment management
  • Northern Australia domain knowledge in land and water-based development
  • Full-time opportunity in a cohesive team with access to flexible working arrangements

CSIRO Environment integrates our main environmental research capability to strengthen our ability to address the complex and interrelated environmental issues facing Australia.

The Environmental Management Group at CSIRO work on a range of projects across Northern Australia, providing capability that is core to an existing portfolio of work representing more than ten million dollars in external revenue. Many of the existing projects are large, transdisciplinary, and multi-institutional projects. The recently announced Nature Positive Plan for Australia, and increased investment in the renewable energy sector in Queensland, will require input from environmental and resource economists to support decision-making about regional development, agricultural and water infrastructure, land use conservation and land use optimization.

As an Applied Northern Australia Regional Development Economist in this role, you’ll provide economic advice on a range of projects related to regional development options and trade-offs, natural capital accounting and cost-benefit analysis, with a focus on Northern Australia. This role will provide an opportunity to work in multidisciplinary teams, utilising cutting-edge technologies, to help solve some of Australia’s greatest challenges. The flexible and collaborative nature of our projects, and real-world impact focus, make this a great job for someone wanting to make a difference.

Your duties will include:

  • Applying specialist economics expertise to solve complex problems across a diverse range of projects. 
  • Ensuring that client or end-user needs are met and typically have a leading role in the effective transfer of new technology to industry/community.
  • Being accountable for the quality of the results delivered and ensuring the alignment of the project activities with the business, research and/or technology directions.
  • Maintaining a sound understanding of the client’s business or market opportunity, negotiating work requirements with clients or project teams and ensuring that client and project team needs are met.
  • Identifying and adapting quickly to changes in client or project needs and changes in the external environment.
  • Representing the organisation in external scientific or technological forums as required and may establish and lead such forums.

Location: *Townsville, QLD
Salary: AU121k – AU142k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite / Full-time
Reference: 92141

This position was advertised a couple of months back, and it is now being readvertised with a slight change in scope - see the position description for further details. If you have applied for this position earlier, please refrain from reapplying as we already have your application in our database.

To be considered you will need:

  • Domain knowledge in agriculture, climate change, renewable energy and/or water and catchment management and planning. 
  • Prior experience in applied economics (including benefit-cost analysis) in the above systems, and experience in the development of methods and models for undertaking regional economic assessments. 
  • Ability and experience using data, databases and automated statistical analysis, from a range of disciplines to integrate into common platforms (e.g. to assist with the evaluation of multiple environmental benefits)
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with private and public sector organisations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and experience communicating with a wide range of stakeholders including landholders, traditional owners, engineers, local government officials and state and territory government officers. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams of people with diverse skill sets that may be located across different geographic areas.

For full details about this role and desired selection criterion please view the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to all Australian/New Zealand Citizens or Australian Permanent Residents only. Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

8, October 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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