Australia nationals: Senior Technical Officer (Surface Water)

Australia Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Jabiru NT, Australia 🇦🇺

•Undertake hydrograph activities including discharge gauging and cross section surveys.
•Coordinate the continuous monitoring program.
•Undertake water quality and QC sampling.

Who we are

The Heritage, Reef and Wildlife Trade Division works to conserve, protect and sustainably manage Australia’s biodiversity, wildlife and heritage. We work to make the environment and our heritage better for current and future generations. We contribute to improving the extent, condition and connectivity of Australia’s and the region’s unique environment, consistent with national and international obligations. Working with others, we help identify, protect, conserve and celebrate Australia’s significant natural, Indigenous and historic heritage.

The Supervising Scientist Branch (SSB) ensures the protection of the Alligator Rivers Region, including Kakadu National Park, and the local communities from the effects of uranium mining by undertaking environmental research and monitoring, participating in and overseeing the regulatory process and developing standards and practices for environmental protection.

The Jabiru Field Station based in Jabiru, Kakadu National Park supports the statutory environmental monitoring and research projects of the Branch.

The Job

You will manage the operational aspects of the Supervising Scientist’s surface water monitoring program, including:
• maintaining site rating curves and undertaking periodic discharge gauging and cross-section surveys
• coordinating and overseeing the continuous monitoring system including management of a network of telemetered continuous water quality monitoring stations
• coordinating associated water chemistry sampling and QA/QC programs for sampling and data collection
• carrying out data analyses and reporting program outcomes, providing technical advice as required
• managing the Branch’s Hydstra database
• supervising technical staff responsible for implementing the Surface Water Program
• providing ongoing technical support and specialist expertise and contribute to ongoing review and development of innovative, leading practice methods
• preparing and maintaining procedural or technical manuals and Standard Operating Procedures
• participating in additional mine supervision and assessment activities and provision of advice (externally and internally) related to hydrological and water quality investigations as required
• assisting in other monitoring and research programs as required
• coordinating and conducting other Jabiru Field Station activities including facilities maintenance, work health and safety initiatives, communications and employment and training programs targeted to the local community.

What we are looking for

Knowledge and experience

• Demonstrated experience with:• management and analysis of data, including data validation and import-export processes, using relevant databases and software packages (Hydstra experience required)• communication of monitoring outcomes through both technical reports and plain English summary.• Demonstrated experience with implementing environmental monitoring programs, including knowledge, and understanding of contemporary guidelines and methods used to collect and analyse environmental samples.
• Commitment to social justice principles such as Workplace Diversity, Workplace Participation and Work Health and Safety as they apply in the workplace and within the context of a remote location with unique challenges.
• Demonstrated experience in implementation of a surface water monitoring program including knowledge and understanding of relevant guidelines and techniques, and collecting, stage and discharge data.
• Demonstrated experience with the use, maintenance, and calibration of monitoring and autosampling equipment, including gauging equipment, water quality sensors, data loggers, water level sensors and telemetry systems. Previous experience using EXO instruments and Campbell Scientific dataloggers and associated software is highly desirable.
• Qualifications and/or extensive experience in water quality monitoring and surface water hydrology.

Skills and capabilities

• Ability to work under limited direction and produce work that requires minimal revision
• Problem solving skills, decision-making regarding complex issues, and an ability to troubleshoot in remote field situations if required.
• Ability to perform in a small team in a remote environment, including:• remote area field work and an understanding of associated risk and hazards• assisting with supervision of staff and contractors• working autonomously and collaboratively as the role requires
• cultivating productive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.• Ability to analyse, interpret and report water quality data.
• Ability to coordinate multiple projects across multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams and deliver integrated outcomes with confidence, to inform and influence decision making.

For additional information, please read the Job Description below.

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