Water Monitoring Officer




Orange, NSW

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We own and operate the largest surface and groundwater monitoring network in the southern hemisphere and build, maintain and operate essential infrastructure to support the network. We are NSW's bulk water supplier, river operator and your one-stop shop for licensing, water trades and water information. We also supply two thirds of water used in NSW from our 42 dams, rivers and pipelines to regional towns, irrigators, Sydney Water and local water utilities.

We are currently seeking an experienced Water Monitoring Officer to join our Operations Team based in Orange. You will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of water monitoring sites and equipment to enable the collection, management and dissemination of accurate water monitoring data, ensuring accuracy and quality. In this permanent role you will report to the Water Monitoring Team Leader.

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure all activities are undertaken with safety as the number one priority.
  • Collect, process and manage Hydrometric surface water, groundwater and water quality monitoring data from a large remote monitoring network.
  • Collect water quality samples as requested by internal or external stakeholders within assigned sites and in accordance with quality guidelines and relevant procedures.
  • Install, manage and maintain monitoring equipment and infrastructure to prescribed standards.
  • Report on the performance of individual water monitoring sites from telemetered/non-telemetered datasets and seek instrumentation advice to identify/resolve issues.
  • A willingness to travel overnight to remote/isolated locations throughout NSW.
  • Contribute to continual improvement of the implementation and maintenance of quality assurance systems, audit programs and development of work instructions and procedures.

Skills and Qualifications required:

  • Undergraduate degree or Diploma of Water Industry Operations, Science, Engineering, Asset Management or equivalent experience in an appropriate field.
  • Current NSW Driver's Licence.
  • Strong swimming experience.
  • Computer literacy and ability to interpret data, work with specialist databases and monitor network performance.
  • A willingness and ability to carry out field work in all weather conditions that can be extreme at times and for prolonged periods of time. Field work can be both physically and mentally demanding while still requiring all workers remain safe.
  • Desirable: Current First Aid Certificate, Boat Licence, row a boat/kayak, work at heights, heavy lifting and competency in driving four-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Desirable: Experience using Hydstra database.

What we are offering

  • 9 day fortnight and/or flexible work hours.
  • Diverse and supportive team environment.
  • Ongoing training provided.

WaterNSW is committed to the safety of employees and wider community, as such, full vaccination against COVID-19 will be a condition of entry to all our workplaces. All applicants will need to meet this condition.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks including a National police check and Medical check. Any offer of employment will be subject to successful clearance of these checks.


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