Supervising Scientist services - Facilities

The Supervising Scientist's facilities are based in the Department of the Environment building in Darwin, which SS shares with Parks Australia, and in a fully-operational field station in Jabiru. The infrastructure and associated facilities have been developed to meet and serve the needs of staff in both locations involved in the environmental research and supervision of uranium mining.


Facilities encompass state-of-the-art, purpose-built laboratories specialising in environmental radioactivity and chemistry, erosion and hydrology, biological monitoring, ecotoxicology and remote sensing and GIS. These are augmented by ancillary facilities including specialised field monitoring and laboratory analytical equipment, differential Global Positioning System (DGPS), cold and freezer rooms, sample and equipment storage rooms, and offices, meeting and conference rooms. In addition, the Supervising Scientist Division maintains an extensive range of vehicles for field work including four-wheel drives, quad bikes and water craft.

Additional support facilities include colour scanners, printers (to A0 paper) and photocopiers, a 35mm film scanner and printer, CD and DVD recorders, digital cameras (still and motion), a LitePro OHT projector and full videoconferencing equipment.

Jabiru Field Station

The Jabiru Field Station is located opposite the airport in Jabiru East, close to Ranger uranium mine. The facility is staffed by seven employees and comprises a wide range of operational offices, meeting rooms and laboratories, with associated support facilities. The laboratories are equipped and used for the Ranger biological and chemical monitoring programs. The field station also houses a wide range of field vehicles, including various 4WD vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and boats.

Contact information

Ian Furner, Business Manager
Supervising Scientist
Department of the Environment

GPO Box 461, Darwin NT 0801, AUSTRALIA
Tel +61 (0)8 89201100
Fax +61 (0)8 8920 1199