Science Field Officer


Science field officers perform support functions in the field by making observations, collecting and analysing samples, recording information, and looking after the practical tasks involved in maintaining a remote field operation, or operating a city-based office, laboratory or workshop.

Duties & Tasks

Science field officers may perform the following tasks:

  • order, check, pack and ship equipment and supplies for field surveys
  • manage or maintain small field camps
  • mark outlines of ore, waste and drillhole patterns in operating mines
  • collect, record and transport samples of rock, soil, plants, water or other materials
  • sort information collected from a range of samples and carry out computer processing of the data
  • assist with all aspects of supporting personnel in the field
  • operate and maintain collections and a wide range of equipment (mechanical, electrical, computing).


Geoscience Technician

A geoscience technician assists earth scientists such as geologists, engineers and geophysicists to find and develop mineral and fuel resources. They make observations, collect and analyse samples, record information and look after the practical tasks involved in servicing remote field operations.

Working Conditions

Science field officers may be required to spend long periods working in remote locations throughout Australia and overseas, but may also work in exclusively city-based operations.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy scientific activities
  • able to prepare accurate records and reports
  • able to work as part of a team
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • willing to work in remote locations.

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