Australia Telescope Compact Array Narrabri
Work Experience for High School Students

CSIRO/ATNF's Paul Wild Observatory at Narrabri, which operates the Australia Telescope Compact Array, provides a challenging work experience program for high school students in Year 10. Students normally spend one week at the Narrabri Observatory, from Monday morning (08:00 am) until Friday afternoon (4:00 pm).

Limited placements at the Observatory may include a range of activities in the areas of electronics and computing.

*** Only limited technical and administration work experience placements are available. Only local regional placements will be considered. ***

How to apply

Students are selected on the merit of a written resume and telephone interview. If you would like to apply for work experience at the Paul Wild Observatory, send a well-written resume and details of the dates you would like to work (Monday to Friday) to the address below.

To prepare for the interview we suggest you browse the ATNF web pages. Candidates who sound confident, demonstrate reasonable knowledge about the subject they want to study and are well-spoken will have an advantage.

Successful candidates will be notified promptly after the telephone interview.

Address written applications to:
CSIRO/ATNF Paul Wild Observatory
(Attn: Work Experience Coordinator)
1828 Yarrie Lake Rd
Narrabri NSW 2390

Contact information:
tel: (02) 6790 4000

Successful applicants

If you are offered a place for work experience you will need to complete and send the school insurance and work placement forms to the Work Experience Coordinator.  Successful applicants will be provided with more detailed information.

Travel information

The Paul Wild Observatory is located about 25 km west of Narrabri, on Yarrie Lake Road, and clearly sign-posted. Transport is available each day to and from Narrabri.

ATNF Requirements

  • The Paul Wild Observatory is a research and technical environment and work experience students must behave responsibly and appropriately. Students are expected to remain on site at the Observatory throughout their work experience.
  • All work experience students are given a safety induction soon after arrival. It is very important to follow the safety requirements that are explained during the induction.


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