Field Officer

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.