Our Educator on Board program is a professional development program for Australian science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) school teachers.

The program provides berths for primary and secondary teachers to sail on board our state-of-the-art marine research vessel, RV Investigator, for short voyages.

RV Investigator is our state-of-the-art marine research vessel.

On board, teachers assist scientists with marine research; enhance their STEM content knowledge; run outreach activities, including live video broadcasts; and develop curriculum linked resources to be trialed in their own classroom and shared with other teachers.

Keep up to date with the experiences of our educators on board the RV Investigator.

Program requirements

Prior to departure

Successful teachers will be required to:

  • Complete all Marine National Facility (MNF) pre-departure requirements, including a medical assessment (~3 hours) and have their employers sign the MNF's indemnity and release documentation mandatory for all ship users.
  • Complete media and WEbEx and any other technical training (~3 hours)
  • Actively participate in any pre-voyage planning and meetings (remotely if interstate). This includes any meetings required by the MNF as well as meeting with main (land-based) CSIRO Education and Outreach contact and MNF liaison to discuss voyage aims, practicalities and work plan (~2 hours).
  • Meet with MNF liaison in port prior to departure to receive ship induction and be introduced to the master, voyage manager and chief scientist (~2 hours).

On-board requirements

  • Work rostered on-board hours (within the limitations of any operational requirements).
  • Engage with scientists and technicians, and assist the science wherever possible - in consultation with the Principal Investigators and MNF on-board liaison.
  • Make contact regularly (~3 times per week) with main CSIRO Education and Outreach contact to discuss progress/ideas/problems.

Voyage deliverables

  • Develop curriculum-linked lesson plans and resources based on the research and/or ship operations.
  • Undertake video link ups/interactive classrooms to schools and/or CSIRO events.
  • Produce daily blog/diary (incl. daily image) for the CSIRO Educator on Board webpage. This may be featured on the Investigator blog.
  • Contribute content for use on CSIRO social media channels and participate in any media activities arising from the Educator on Board program.
  • Participate in post-voyage evaluation and, if required, produce a short trip report detailing activities and achievements.
  • Participate, subject to availability, in supporting public ship tours in arrival port.
  • Record and upload sightings to the Atlas of Living Australia.

Post voyage deliverables

  • Implement lesson plans into teachers' classrooms and provide feedback to CSIRO about how the students engaged with these activities and then make these resources available to other teachers through the MNF and CSIRO Education and Outreach webpages.
  • When requested, develop and present teacher professional learning sessions to promote and share their experience on board  the RV Investigator locally and at least one state or national science teacher conference.

To apply for the program

Applications open

Applications must be submitted to Melissa Lane by 5pm 27th March 2019.

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Hotspot dynamics in the Coral Sea: connections between the Australian plate and deep Earth

CSIRO and the Marine National Facility are offering the opportunity for an Australian science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) primary or secondary teacher to participate in a voyage on RV Investigator as part of a 28-day research voyage from Cairns to Brisbane from 6 August – September 4 2019. The main research projects happening on this voyage are:

  • Hotspot dynamics in the Coral Sea: connections between the Australian plate and deep Earth (primary voyage objective).
  • Understanding the spatial links between geomorphology and biodiversity in the Coral Sea Australian Marine Park.
  • Spatial and temporal variability in the distribution and abundance of seabirds.

The participating teacher will work with researchers on board and develop curriculum-linked classroom resources that can be trialled in their classroom/school and eventually shared with other teachers.

You will be required to provide a copy of your CV and a short letter outlining your vision for this program, your experience developing curriculum linked classroom activities based on scientific research, any experience working at sea, with small groups of people or working in isolated situations. You will also need to provide a letter of support from your principal.


Teachers are responsible for organising their own insurance either through their school, department or taking out personal travel insurance. If personal, we can help cover the costs of this.

CSIRO is committed to Diversity and Inclusion in the work place and to increasing the employment of Indigenous peoples in our organisation. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider applying for this role.

For queries please contact:

Melissa Lane
Education Specialist - CSIRO Services

Phone +61 7 4753 8518

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