Australia is regularly affected by severe weather events. These events are growing in frequency and severity, leading to increased economic impact, vulnerability, and potential magnitude of harm.
To address this, the Bureau of Meteorology is undertaking significant steps to deliver a customer focussed, integrated and resilient national operation. This operating model has created new career pathways to enhance our culture, to empower our people to learn and grow.
The Bureau’s Community Services Group (CSG) is comprised of Decision Support Services (DSS), Environmental Prediction Services (EPS), and National Production Services (NPS). The DSS program is responsible for leading customer engagement within CSG, with an overarching mission to deliver tailored, relevant, and timely information to enable better decision making. The DSS program is characterised by its shared understanding of the impact that weather, water, climate, and oceans have on the decisions that Bureau customers make every day.
Operating with a national capability, the program is accountable for leading engagement with the Australian community and the Emergency Management sector. This is delivered by two dedicated DSS teams: Hazard Preparedness and Response (HPR) and Community Engagement (CE).
The Senior Decision Support Hydrologist will be based in all capital cities and will report to the HPR Manager in each State or Territory. The successful candidates will have a unique opportunity to help grow the Bureau’s Decision Support Services for the Hazard Preparedness and Response sector and support Emergency Management partners, in particular those that respond to floods, in each jurisdiction.
To be successful in this role, you will display a dedicated curiosity and comprehensive understanding of how the evolving climate, weather, flood, ocean, and landscape impact emergency management and first responder communities. You will require a sound understanding of hydrology, with a capacity to develop in meteorology, climatology and/or oceanography.
We are a diverse team with skills from varied scientific, operational and community services backgrounds, and seek the right candidate who demonstrates a commitment to collaboration and building partnerships and relationships with both internal and external customers and partners.
The role is responsible for the continuous improvement activities of delivering and sharing Bureau products and information with Emergency Management partners, in particular those involved in delivering the Total Flood Warning Service. You are a key contributor to the provision of clearly communicated expert advice, interpreting impacts, timing, uncertainty and risks by connecting water, climate and weather information to customer’s decisions to help them effectively mitigate risks. In collaboration across the Bureau’s Community Services and Business Solutions Group teams in the Bureau, you will work with our partner agencies to ensure hazard and impact information of value and impact is expressed in our products and customer services.
The successful candidate will be committed to supporting the Bureau and our partners outside the scope of standard working hours during severe weather events or peak periods. During such periods, you will contribute to support the needs of our customers and emergency management partners – as such, the successful candidate may be able or required to carry out their duties remotely with limited supervision.
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