TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network) is Australia’s field-based ecological observatory; collecting, recording and sharing data and samples using highly instrumented monitoring sites, surveys and remote-sensing techniques such as drones and satellites.

TERN is advertising a new employment opportunity, with applications closing on June 11: https://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/513892/uav-project-officer-tern-biological-sciences

TERN’s model-ready data enables researchers, land managers and policy-makers to detect and interpret changes in ecosystems from continental scale to field sites at more than 1000 representative locations. Since 2012, TERN’s Ecosystem Surveillance group, based at The University of Adelaide, has collected soil and vegetation data and samples according to standardised, widely endorsed and consistent protocols. The TERN Australia Soil and Herbarium Collection houses over 150,000 vegetation and soil samples, which are freely available for researchers to access on request along with the associated contextual data. TERN’s world-class surveillance monitoring infrastructure supports long-term ecological and biodiversity inventory, environmental monitoring and prediction, reporting and assessment, underpinning decisions about our greatest environmental challenges. TERN is enabled by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

The TERN team are seeking a motivated and collaborative UAV Project Officer to assist the TERN UAV Lead. In this role the UAV Project Officer will be:

  • Conducting aerial surveys using UAVs
  • Developing best practice ecosystem monitoring and assessment methods that are rigorous, safe and cost effective
  • Assisting with curation of data
  • Assist with soil samples and plant specimens

Interstate and remote travel, including camping in remote locations for extended periods of time for up to two weeks, indicatively six – eight times per year. When not in the field, the UAV Project Officer will spend time at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus at the TERN Surveillance facility working with the wider TERN team to understand data.

A second employment opportunity is still ongoing as well, for a Training and Engagement Officer (applications also close June 11): https://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/513893/training-and-engagement-officer-tern-biological-sciences  

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