Research Assistant (Orchid Conservation)

Who We Are Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) employs over 240 staff overseeing two beautiful world-class gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. The organisation fosters an understanding and appreciation for plants and the natural world through arts and culture and education programs, world-leading scientific research, plant conservation programs, and promotes health and wellbeing in nature. For further information please visit
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Department: Royal Botanic Gardens
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: RBGV 3.1
Work Location: Melbourne - Southern Metro
Reference: VG/422019_A
Closing Date: 06-Jun-2023
Salary Range: $74,069 - $82,003
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Research Assistant (Orchid Conservation) 2023 PD.docx (Word, 272KB)

Research Assistant (Orchid Conservation) 2023 PD.pdf (PDF, 204KB)

Contact: Senior Research Scientist

Position Details

  • Opportunity to work at an iconic Victorian landmark
  • Full Time, Fixed Task role (July 2023 – January 2026)
  • Cranbourne Gardens location

What You'll Do

The Research Assistant (Orchid Conservation) is responsible for supporting the research priorities of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria by contributing to the functioning of: the laboratories, orchid seed and mycorrhizal banks and extensive ex-situ nursery conservation collections. A significant part of this position will be the propagation and reintroduction of threatened Australian terrestrial orchid species being managed under Federal Recovery Plans, to the highest standard expected by the scientific community. Research areas will include mycorrhizal ecology and identification using molecular techniques, propagation, pollination ecology and re-introductions. The position is required to work with a vibrant team including staff, research students, volunteers and stakeholders in the field and laboratory to achieve conservation outcomes for threatened flora.

What You'll Bring

The successful applicant will have a minimum of an Honours or Master's degree in science, or a similar tertiary qualification in biological or botanical science, with several post-graduate years technical experience. You will have demonstrated experience in providing excellent-quality research support in a biological sciences research environment, along with experience in planning and conducting high-quality research. You will have excellent communication and written skills, using these to write for scientific publications and journals, support grants and tender preparation and analyse data using relevant software. You can work independently but also alongside other staff and researchers. You can speak confidently with a variety of stakeholders and take a proactive and organised approach to work. Your commitment to improving our collective knowledge on botanical and biological conservation will be clear. You are now looking to join a high-performing team in a fixed-task capacity. All other key selection criteria can be found in the position description which is located under the attachments heading on the Victorian Government Careers website.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please visit the Victorian Government Careers website at must submit a recent resume along with a document responding to each of the Key Selection Criteria as stated in the position description prior to the deadline of 11.59pm Tuesday 6 June 2023. Applications will only be accepted via the Victorian Government website. Enquiries can be directed by email to

RBGV is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our organisation is a proudly child safe organisation and committed to protecting children and young people from harm. All applicants will be required to complete the necessary pre-employment checks prior to appointment. All staff are required to comply with the RBGV COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and provide proof of vaccination status as required.

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