Australia nationals: Water Resources Officer
The Water Resources Officer is responsible for a diverse range of water resource matters spanning water diversions, licencing, compliance, farm dams, monitoring, investigation, technical assessments and reporting. The incumbent is expected to provide advice to staff, customers and the community in relation to matters associated with groundwater and surface water diversions, and associated licencing and compliance. The Water Resources Officer will support a range of activities relating to GWMWater’s water resource obligations and responsibilities under State and Commonwealth legislation.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
- Conduct technical assessments and administration of surface and groundwater licences, and prepare information in relation to referrals and correspondence.
- Conduct data analysis activities to support water resource investigations and to satisfy GWMWater’s reporting and other statutory obligations.
- Analyse metered water extraction data and conduct related compliance activities for all applicable surface water and groundwater licences.
- Conduct site inspections and prepare reports for licence application assessments relating to surface water and groundwater resources, groundwater bores, drainage disposal bores, and farm dams.
- Provide advice to staff and customers regarding groundwater and surface water diversions, water metering, licencing, compliance, and farm dam matters.
- Assist the Water Resources Division with surface and groundwater resource monitoring activities, and the management of related data.
- Conduct or facilitate inspections as required to support compliance activities relating to groundwater and surface water works within GWMWater’s area of responsibility.
- Identify and assist in the solution to any communication and workflow problems observed by suggesting improvements and enhancements to existing systems and processes, in accordance with GWMWater procedures.
- Undertake other duties and functions as directed, commensurate with current level of skills and classification.
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
- A tertiary qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline of science, engineering or natural resource management.
- Demonstrated technical knowledge of surface water and groundwater hydrologic processes.
- Ability to analyse and interpret data, keep accurate records and operate computerised systems for data storage and analysis.
- Well-developed report writing and communication skills.
- Ability to conduct investigations and prepare reports and other documentation.
- Ability to analyse issues and propose practical solutions in consultation with staff and relevant stakeholders.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with staff and external stakeholders.
- Ability to drive long distances in rural areas to conduct field work and inspections.
- Knowledge of surface and groundwater systems across the GWMWater region.
- Experience in the analysis and interpretation of hydrologic data relating to surface water, groundwater and water quality.
- Experience in the collection and analysis of field data relating to water quality, surface water flows, groundwater bores and related water resource data.
- Knowledge of the legislative and statutory framework governing water licences and entitlements in Victoria.
- Knowledge or experience relating to dam safety and surveillance for large farm dams.
- Knowledge of bore construction and groundwater extraction methods and practices.
Attributes (Personal Qualities) (PQ 1, 5, 8, 12)
- Conceptual and analytical ability
- Drive and commitment
Certificates, Licences and Registrations
- Current eligible motor vehicle licence to drive in Australia