The FRDC employs staff based upon their suitability for a position and organisational fit. It promotes a work environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin, or on the basis that an individual either is, or is not, a member of a union of employees or of a particular union of employees.

Current Vacancies


Applications close COB 15 September 2018

The FRDC is calling for applications for membership on the Queensland Research Advisory Committees (RAC) across two select areas of expertise.  

The FRDC is calling for RAC membership applications for the below positions/expertise:
-  Commercial Wild Catch
-  Recreational Fishing

Membership will be on a voluntary basis, with FRDC paying reasonable travel costs to attend meetings. The roles will be for a period of 18 months to three years, with three meetings held per year (March, July and October). On occasion it may also be necessary to consider matters out of session.

Committee members can be members or Executive Officers of the FRDC’s Representative Organisations or research providers – however, the RACs are a Committee of expertise not representativeness. In considering applications for RAC membership, favourable consideration will be given to people whose participation in the RAC will provide development opportunities for them (e.g. graduates from leadership programs).

Committee members will be required to:

1. Sign the FRDC committee member’s code of conduct prior to taking up their duties
2. Maintain a register of ‘material personal interests’ that will be updated at the start of each meeting and recorded in the minutes of the meeting
3. Treat all funding applications (including Expressions of Interest) as commercial-in-confidence, and respect the intellectual and moral property rights of applicants

To apply for one of these positions please complete the Application for membership of RAC form and click on the email link to submit it to the FRDC.
Once received, a selection panel will assess all applications and agree on a RAC membership.
Thank you and we look forward to receiving your application.


Other avenues for employment 


Most Australian Universities offer either degrees in marine science or related disciplines (e.g. aquaculture), or marine science courses within their science degrees. The specific training available at these institutions is continually changing and developing; therefore it would be most beneficial to the reader to browse particular university websites. All Australian universities are listed at the following link, by state and territory.

Marine Education Society of Australia

The Marine Education Society of Australia website contains several links to organisations and institutions that offer training and career options in marine science. MESA is a national organisation that aims to bring together people interested in the study and enjoyment of coastal and marine environments. 

Australian Marine Sciences Association

The Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting marine science and coordinating discussion and debate of marine issues in Australia. It provides a page of links to additional resources. 

Australian Society for Fish Biology

The Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB)  promotes research, education and management of fish and fisheries in Australia and provides a forum for the exchange of information.

Government organisations

There are a number of Federal and State and Territory departments that have science career options linked to fisheries, natural resources, parks and wildlife, water management, conservation and environment protection.


Several state museums conduct collaborative research and education work in relation to marine science. A list of Australian museums can be found at – https://www.museumsaustralia.org.au/  

Private Industry

Private industry contributes towards research and development within Australia, a number of companies offer employment opportunities to marine scientists. This is an ever-changing scene. Some relevant industry sectors are listed below: 

  • National Aquaculture Council
  • National Seafood Industry Alliance (commercial fishing)
  • marine engineering
  • marine planning consultants
  • marine tourism
  • offshore petroleum exploration shipping infrastructure.