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At Bardee, our ambition is to reshape the global food system. To do this, we breed billions of insects 🐛 to transform food waste 🥗  into insect protein for animal feed 🐶  and fertiliser 🌲  in our world-leading vertical farming system ~ learn more about what we do here.

In 2022, we aim to divert 20,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill, and scale our production volumes of insect protein and fertiliser going into sustainable animal feed and fertiliser products by x10. 

The Role

You will work closely with our CTO & General Manager 3-5 days per week to ensure the safety, maintenance and productivity of our facility at Sunshine North. Examples of some of the work you will do:

  • General preventive and ongoing maintenance of equipment and the facility. 
  • Operating power tools and hand tools to perform a wide range of tasks.
  • Working at heights.
  • Mechanical work (e.g. installing industrial machinery, repairing pumps, replacing bearings, designing machinery etc).
  • Plumbing (PVC pressure pipe and pneumatics).
  • Metalwork (e.g. Fabricating hoppers, chutes and basic machinery. Welding mild and stainless steel, grinding, drilling, tapping, cutting etc).
  • Managing contractors, procurement, fabricators and manufacturers for essential trade and equipment.
  • Working creatively to troubleshoot and solve problems quickly and cost-effectively to keep production running smoothly.
  • Assisting with production as needed, including handling food waste and insects, cleaning and operating machinery.
Why Bardee?

We’re doing something truly special at Bardee. You’ll be joining a formidable team of insect-obsessed, solutions-focused, big picture thinkers who thrive on constantly innovating.

In two years we’ve evolved from breeding flies in a stinky bucket, with popsicle sticks in the backyard – yes, this happened 😂, to pitching tents on a university campus, to commissioning our 2,500 sqm automated facility. Now we’re preparing to open new and even larger facilities across Australia.

Without giving too much away, our science team achieves world-first results and has smashed our moonshot goals for 2021… by September 🤯

You’ll be doing work that matters to you, Bardee and the world. The success of our General Manager will directly impact our ability to scale, cohesion of our teams working onsite and the logistics of our product operations.

Everyone at Bardee owns a slice of the company, and your vesting schedule and share options are always accessible and transparent.

Our Values

01 Accountability to nature

We’re building a sustainable future we’ll be proud to hand on to future generations. Every tonne of Bardee’s insect protein offsets 50 tonnes of CO2e emissions.

Accountability to nature

02 Speed with integrity

We’re a startup that gets stuff done. And when we decide to do something, we do it well. We love to move quickly to delight our customers.

Speed with integrity

03 Live passionately, be formidable

We set ambitious goals and we’re infinitely resourceful to achieve them. Sometimes that looks like chopping tuna heads into insect food in a uni car park.

Live passionately, be formidable
About you

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Highly motivated to learn new skills
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving and troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with manufacturing equipment, mechanical repairs, plumbing and fabrication.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a workplace safety culture.
  • Experience operating power and hand tools, including drop saw, angle grinder and welding are required.
  • Drivers licence and vehicle to pick up smaller materials if needed.

We’d love it if you also have:

  • Electrical qualifications
  • Skills in automation and programming of arduino, raspberry pi, and/or PLCs.
  • Electrical Tagging Certificate, White Card, forklift licence and Fire/Evacuation training.
Ready to hit the ground running?

Ultimately this role will be shaped around the right candidate. If the mission inspires you and you believe you are the right person for the job, we want to speak with you. 

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Applications will close as soon as we find the right person, and we’ll be evaluating applications as they come in.

We believe that building a diverse and inclusive team is critical to Bardee’s success. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. Come as you are.

Email Maisy, Chief of Staff at

Good luck!