Local recruitment: Program Officer (Water)

Victoria Government

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

As Victoria’s environmental regulator, we set and enforce environmental standards to help ensure all Victorians can enjoy clean air, healthy waterways and pollutant-free land.

To achieve the best possible environmental outcomes for Victoria, we’re increasingly shifting our focus from minimising the effects of environmental harm, to preventing it from happening in the first place.

To help us achieve this, we’re now recruiting. By working at EPA you can enjoy a meaningful career with great work-life balance, while building a better future for our environment.

Department:Environment Protection Authority
Work Type:Fixed term – full time
Job Function:Other
Work Location:Melbourne – CBD
Closing Date:10-Jan-2023
Salary Range:$82,101 – $88,336
Job Duration:N/A
Attachments:No File Attached
Contact:Kelly Zuccala

Position Details

Program Officer – Water

  • $82,101 to $88,336 salary range
  • Work from home options/Flexible work options/Hybrid working options
  • Macleod is primary office location with travel and overnight stays required across Victoria

About the organisation

As the environmental regulator for Victoria, we set and implement environmental standards to help ensure all Victorians can enjoy clean air, healthy waterways and pollutant-free land.

Benefits of working with the EPA:

  • Contribute to the protection of Victorian environment and health of its people
  • A focus on work/life balance and development opportunities
  • A diverse and inclusive workplace with many career pathways
  • Hybrid and flexible work arrangement options

About the role

Conduct water monitoring operations across Victoria. Train regional EPA staff to use new water monitoring equipment in the field. Deliver high-quality water quality programs such as Beach Report and Yarra Watch (as part of an existing team).


  • Support the delivery of high-quality recreational water monitoring programs, including Beach Report and Yarra Watch, that meet the priority needs of the EPA as a science-based regular.
  • Deliver laboratory and field work operations as part of EPA’s water monitoring programs (requires travel and overnight stays).
  • Contribute to the procurement and management of scientific services and assets for water monitoring programs.
  • Maintain, calibrate, and troubleshoot field equipment in line with operating manuals and technical procedures ensuring all safety requirements are met.
  • Represent the EPA positively in engaging with the community and duty holders to build knowledge and awareness of relevant laws.

Skills and experience

  • A tertiary degree and/or post graduate qualification in a relevant scientific discipline, such as Microbiology, Freshwater Science, Marine Science or Ecotoxicology is desirable.
  • Experience in delivery of water monitoring programs in accordance with a Quality Management System.
  • A current driver’s license.
  • Ability to use, maintain, calibrate and troubleshoot scientific equipment and general laboratory facilities.
  • Demonstrated capability to deliver projects / programs to plan, including the management of risks, prioritisation of tasks, and monitoring of workflow.
  • Proven ability to work as an effective member of a cohesive team.

How to apply
Click the Apply button to submit your resume and cover letter. Applications close midnight, 10 January 2023.
EPA encourages applications from First Nations Australians and people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Please contact recruitment.mailbox@epa.vic.gov.au should you require this ad in an accessible format.

Please note:

  • Preferred candidates will be required to submit proof of compliance with EPAs COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (two doses of COVID-19 vaccine plus at least one booster dose).
  • You must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident (for ongoing roles) or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • Preferred candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including, but not limited to, police checks, reference checks and role related security clearances.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development