GIS Technician – Iron Range Research Station, Australia

A position exists for a competent and adventurous person with proven GIS skills and the capacity to work outside of institutional structures to assist and contribute to a small group researching rainforests in Northern Australia and Sahul. 

The position is flexible subject to the applicants abilities, qualifications and interests. Full time, part time, casual or a contract basis will be considered. Working remotely with occasional visits to the Research Station, other study sites and/or attending related conferences should be expected.


The role encompasses the management, interrogation and display of mostly in house data (including airborne LiDAR, terrestrial LiDAR, RGB imagery, biological surveys ect) with a view to collaborating on ongoing projects seeking the patterns – past, present and future – of tropical rainforests, with a particular interest in the seasonally dry forests of Sahul.

Any experience beyond the usual GIS mapping in the following areas would be advantageous;

Biomass estimation from terrestrial LiDAR derived point clouds. Extracting forest metrics from Airborne LiDAR data and Image segmentation techniques.

The remuneration package will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the applicant. As a flexible, informal organisation the position can be designed to suit the right applicant.

 About the Organization

Iron Range Research Station was established in 2015 as an initiative of the Maxim Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit foundation established for the practise and preservation of Modern Philosophy.

The research station is uniquely situated in the largest remaining lowland rainforest surviving in Australia, abutting the Iron Range National Park and is home to many rare and threatened plants and animals.

The IRRS facilitates the research of others through the provision of accomodation, laboratory, library, internet facilities etc at the research station and through the provision of scholarships and grants. In addition the IRRS pursues its own research agenda with broad curiosity driven interests across the philosophical spectrum.


Keith Cook