• Support the Supervising Scientist Water monitoring Program.
• Undertake field based collection of water samples.
• Assist in research and monitoring projects.
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.
• Under general guidance support the Surface Water Monitoring program by:• ensuring all equipment is operational, appropriately calibrated, and well maintained and data collection and transfer is occurring as required• undertaking routine site visits, QA/QC programs, and respond to site alarms and water quality events in required timeframes• undertaking general site infrastructure maintenance associated with the continuous monitoring system• assisting with the collection and management of stage height and discharge data.• Support the Senior Technical Officer – Water Quality to maintain time-series data within a Hydstra database including quality checking, data cleaning and carrying out data import and export processes.
• Undertake field-based collection of water samples, in situ physico-chemical analyses and submission of water samples to external laboratories for trace metal and other.
• Assist the Senior Technical Officer in project coordination.
• Assist in other monitoring and research programs as required (such as investigative work and atmospheric monitoring.)
• Assist with the preparation and maintenance of technical manuals and standard operating. procedures and conduct appropriate recordkeeping of field visit notes.
• Carry out ordering and purchasing of laboratory consumables and equipment.
• Communicate with external laboratory and instrumentation service providers.
• Provide support to 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
• Qualifications and/or experience in environmental science or water quality monitoring or surface water hydrology.
• Demonstrated experience with the use of water quality instrumentation and auto-sampling systems, including sensor calibration and maintenance. Previous experience using Exo instruments and Campbell Scientific dataloggers and associated software is highly desirable.
• Experience with collection and processing of water samples, including associated quality control procedures.
• Experience with management of time-series hydrological and water quality data. Previous experience using the Hydstra database is highly desirable.
• 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.
• Maintenance of a laboratory, including consumables and instrumentation
Skills and capabilities
• Problem solving skills and an ability to trouble-shoot in remote field situations if required.
• Ability to promptly analyse and interrogate water quality data sets.
• 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.• The ability to analyse and manage water quality data sets.
• The ability to follow laboratory quality assurance/quality control procedures.
For additional information, please read the Job Description below.