Goterra is hiring aWaste operator


Goterra is a Canberra based Ag-tech startup company building sustainable solutions to the critical global challenges of food waste and climate change. At our headquarters in Hume, we design and build modular robotic infrastructure (MIB) that uses insects to manage food waste. Our diverse, multidisciplinary team has expertise in engineering, manufacturing, software, electronics, agriculture and biology. We're expanding our operations and seeking passionate and motivated individuals to join our Waste Operations team in Sydney.

Goterra’s Waste Operators are key members of the Waste Operations team, responsible for managing and processing incoming food waste. Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Manual handling of solid and liquid organic (food) waste material
  • Manually removing contaminants from the waste stream e.g. glass, soft plastics and metal
  • Sorting and separating general waste, recycling and organic waste into individual piles and recording the information into the company digital database
  • Managing the processing of waste from received through to de-packaging, maceration and delivery to MIB storage units
  • Operating waste handling machinery eg forklift, tractor, conveyor, de-packaging machine and performing autonomous maintenance

If you:

  • Enjoy learning and are looking to engage in multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Get enjoyment from complex problem solving;
  • Are looking for agency in your role, and want to take ownership of your tasks;
  • Believe in diversity and the importance of giving all team members a voice;
  • and are looking for rewarding and impactful work.

this could be the opportunity for you!


Role-specific requirements:

  • The ability to meet the physical requirements of the position, e.g. some lifting up to 20kgs, being on your feet for the duration of the shift
  • Ability to work handling organic waste within an odour producing environment
  • Ability to manage your own workflow by moving between work stations throughout the day to ensure that the waste is processed efficiently
  • Digital literacy skills - a Smartphone is required to communicate with team members and for managing tasks through the applications Slack and Asana
  • Possession of (or working towards obtaining) a Forklift License highly desirable
  • No formal qualifications are required however experience working within a waste operations environment will be highly regarded
  • A valid, clean Driver’s licence (manual highly regarded) and reliable transport

Appointment Factors:

You must have unrestricted rights to live and work in this location to apply for this job and be able to pass a successful Proof Of Identity and Right To Work In Australia 100 Point Identification Check

Feel like this is the perfect role for you but the description isn’t an exact match for your skills? Please apply anyway - we would love to hear from you


Benefits of working at Goterra:

  • Goterra is a leading waste management technology startup that was instrumental in developing national regulation for insect protein production - we’re leading the way in this emerging industry
  • Be part of a diverse and multidisciplinary team doing exciting and ground breaking work, alongside people who believe in what they’re doing and are aligned in mission and purpose
  • You'll be paid above award rates, with generous conditions including paid employer parental leave, welfare packs, leave to volunteer in your community, the opportunity to take part on our ESOP scheme, and great learning and development opportunities
  • You'll have the chance to make a real impact on stopping one of the leading causes of climate change, every day. Literally, we’re doing it right now, as you read this

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive organisation and encourage applications from anyone with passion for our mission, particularly women, veterans, people with disability, the LGBTIQ+ community, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Waste operator

Posted 1 year ago

  • 🏢 Syndey
  • Full-time

Sustainability at Goterra

  • SDG 2 Zero Hunger

    We address global food security by producing sustainable protein and fertilizer through our insect farming processes. Our products help meet the growing demand for protein while reducing the environmental impact of traditional protein sources.

  • SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    Our innovative modular, autonomous insect farms revolutionize waste management and protein production. By harnessing the power of automation, we have created scalable solutions that can be deployed anywhere, reducing transportation costs and environmental impacts.

  • SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    We support sustainable urban development by processing food waste on-site, reducing waste logistics, and producing valuable protein and fertilizers. Our modular infrastructure can be easily integrated into existing urban areas, making cities more resilient and environmentally friendly.

  • SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

    We promote responsible consumption and production by transforming food waste into valuable resources. Our technology moves food waste up the waste hierarchy, reducing its environmental impact and creating new, high-value products.

  • SDG 13 Climate Action

    We actively fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by food waste in landfills. Our insect farming process reduces emissions from landfill by up to 97%, contributing significantly to the global effort to mitigate climate change.