Scientific field officers perform support functions in the field by making observations, collecting and analysing data and samples, recording information and looking after the practical tasks involved in supplying a remote field operation.
Science field officers may perform the following tasks:
- order, check, pack and ship equipment and supplies for field surveys
- manage small field camps
- 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
- maintain collections and a wide range of equipment.
They may specialise in a number of different areas, such as agriculture, environment, forestry, geoscience and marine science.
Science field officers are often required to spend long periods working in remote locations throughout Australia.