1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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3112-15 Life Science Technical Officer

Identifies and collects living organisms and conducts field and laboratory studies in support of life scientists.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • isolates, identifies and collects living organisms and maintains collections of specimens
  • conducts field and laboratory studies of life forms
  • observes living organisms to study appearance, behaviour and life cycles
  • conducts experiments and observes their results, to detail the reactions of living organisms to stimuli such as light and temperature, and the effect of environment, nutrition and chemical agents
  • prepares specimens for microscopic observation by freezing, dehydrating, smearing, slicing and staining material and mounting it on glass slides
  • may use irradiation and radioactive isotopes and trace elements to conduct experiments
  • may assist in research into genetic engineering

Specialisations:
Biological Technical Officer
Botanical Technical Officer
Ecological Technical Officer
Environmental Technical Officer
Fisheries Technical Officer
Forestry Technical Officer
Wood Technologist
Zoology Technical Officer

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