CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) builds and operates radio telescopes around Australia, including the iconic Parkes “Dish” and the Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri. CSIRO is playing a lead role in the development of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA); the Australian component of which will be built at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO), ~300km inland from Geraldton, WA. The MRO is a world-class radio-astronomy observatory that already hosts telescopes including the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA). The MRO is located on the remote Boolardy Station where a radio-quiet environment is maintained to enable sensitive radio-astronomy observations. The MRO will transition to cover the whole of Boolardy Pastoral station.
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The Station Manager – Boolardy lives on-site at the Boolardy Station Homestead and works closely with the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) Site Entity Leader and other managers in CSIRO. A portion of the role involves contact with key stakeholder communities ranging from traditional landowners and specific local WA stakeholders, to the global astronomy community. The Station Manager – Boolardy is responsible for the delivery of land management activities at the MRO, ensuring the onsite needs of CSIRO and the Australian Government are met. This involves care, rehabilitation and management of the MRO (Boolardy Station) in a timely and coordinated fashion, including “hands-on” maintenance and pastoral station related activities, as well as supporting partner relationships and enhancing CSIRO’s reputation.