Local recruitment: Water Project Officer

Government of South Australia

Port Augusta SA, Australia 🇦🇺

South Australian Arid Lands Landscape Board
Job reference: 518946
Location: 5700 – PORT AUGUSTA
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

There is nothing more satisfying than being a contributor to outcomes that have a far reaching impact.  This position will be supporting a Board that works with community, industry, First Nations groups and many other partners in protecting, managing, restoring and sustaining our environment and it’s many values.

A role that works with industry, community and traditional owners, you will be providing technical advice and assessment in relation to activities that may impact on the sustainability of water resources within the SAAL region. This position is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in playing an important part in managing the water resources in the Arid Lands region.

This is a key role supporting the implementation of the Far North Prescribed Wells Area Water Allocation Plan and decision-making for Water Affecting Activities to ensure it is consistent with legislation, water policies and other statutory responsibilities. The position will work closely with the Water Team, delivering important water projects for the region and providing high quality technical advice and customer service in response to enquiries, issues and urgent matters relating to the management of water resources.

You are adaptive and driven with experience with government legislation and will enjoy the challenge and opportunity of working with a diverse range of stakeholders to deliver water projects and contributing to strategic planning processes and support the formulation of policy relevant to key water related issues.

This role will suit someone with experience or a passion for natural resource management and experience with working with a range of stakeholders. Ideally based in our regional Port Augusta office with consideration to an Adelaide base should mutual needs be achieved we welcome your enquiries and interest.

About the Role:

The Water Project Officer provides technical advice and assessment in relation to activities that may impact on the sustainability of water resources within the SAAL region.  The role supports implementation of the Far North Prescribed Wells Water Allocation Plan and decision-making for Water Affecting Activities to ensure it is consistent with legislation, water policies and other statutory responsibilities.  The role supports the development, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and continuous improvement of water policies and implementation of water management programs that integrate planning and policy outcomes.

The position takes direction from the Senior Water Resource Officer and works closely with the water project team to assist with delivery of water projects, environmental water planning and monitoring programs, ensuring that community activities are delivered efficiently and effectively.

Ideally located in Port Augusta (with flexible working arrangements able to be negotiated), the region offers a great outdoor lifestyle close to the Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula and outback. This role requires remote distance driving and overnight absences.

If you are dynamic, driven, and have a genuine commitment to working with stakeholders to achieve water resource management outcomes we would like to hear from you.

Application Instructions:

All applications must be submitted online and include a letter of application (max 3 pages) demonstrating how you will achieve the Key Outcomes (detailed below) and listed in the Position Description.

Please also submit a copy of your latest resume (including 3 current referees) and a pre-employment declaration.

Key Outcomes:

  • Provide high quality technical advice and customer service in response to enquiries, issues and urgent matters relating to the management of water resources, including advice sought from technical and specialist staff.
  • Establish effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders including DEW water experts, pastoralists, mining and industry groups, other state government agencies and the community and ensure relevant stakeholders are informed of water management policies and issues and/or have the opportunity to contribute to the development, implementation or review of these policies or issues.
  • Contribute and prepare timely, informed and expert advice and recommendations for the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board, the Minister, General Manager and key stakeholders, including providing advice on state-wide, interstate and national initiatives, and industry exploration, development and operational assessments and review.
  • Contribute to strategic planning processes and support the formulation of policy relevant to key water related issues.
  • Facilitate water resource management programs/projects, at appropriate stages from planning, implementation, reporting and evaluation, to achieve NRM objectives and priorities.
  • Develop and support activities or initiatives that increase the awareness and/or participation of the community and industry in the identification or implementation of sustainable water resource management.
  • Provide specific advice and recommendations on Water Affecting Activity Permit applications, monitor compliance/non-compliance with WAA requirements and evaluate the permit process for continuous improvement.
  • A degree in natural resources management or similar is desirable.

Special Conditions:

  • May be required to participate in fire management or associated duties.
  • Current class “C” drivers licence and willingness and ability to safely operate a 4wd is essential.
  • Intrastate and remote area travel is required, including travel in light aircraft.
  • Demonstrates ability to work alone and be self-reliant.
  • Some out of hours work is required, necessitating occasional overnight stays.
  • Apply First Aid Certificate
  • This role has functions pertaining to working with children and is prescribed under the Child Safety (Prohibited Person) Act 2016 as requiring a Working With Children Check (WWCC). By applying for this role you consent to being screened for appropriate behaviour and to the Board obtaining, or requiring you to obtain a WWCC.
  • This role has been designated as a Position of Trust pursuant to the standards required in the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework. By applying for this role you consent to being screened under the process of obtaining a National Police Clearance (NPC), and to the Board requiring you to obtain an NPC.
  • Position based in Port Augusta with consideration to an Adelaide base

Enquiries:

Aaron Smith, Senior Water Resource Officer, aaron.smith3@sa.gov.au, or 0417 643 956 or call the Board’s office on 08 8429 9666
Applications close: 12/02/2023 5:00 PM

Attachments:
– ASO5 Water Project Officer P25979.pdf
– Pre-Employment-Declaration.pdf

Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.


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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development