Local recruitment: Water Quality Advisor

Government of New South Wales

Sydney NSW, Australia 🇦🇺

Organisation / Entity:WaterNSW
Job category:EngineeringEnvironmentalScience and Technology
Job location:Sydney RegionSydney Region / Sydney – North/North WestSydney Region / Sydney – WestSydney Region / Sydney – Greater West
Work type:Contract / Temporary
Number of positions:1
Total remuneration package:Competitive remuneration package
Contact email:recruitment@waternsw.com.au
Closing date:24/02/2023 – 11:59 PM

We are NSW’s bulk water supplier, river operator and your one-stop shop for licensing, water trades and water information.  We supply two thirds of water used in NSW from our 42 dams, rivers and pipelines to regional towns, irrigators, Sydney Water and local water utilities. We also own and operate the largest surface and groundwater monitoring network in the southern hemisphere and build, maintain and operate essential infrastructure.

We are currently seeking an experienced Water Quality Advisor to join our Water Quality Services Team. Your key role is to provide specialist water quality and limnological advice to stakeholders and customers to ensure that WaterNSW provides fit for purpose water quality, that meets operational licence, regulation, relevant standards and puts safety first. 

This is 12 month- term, full time position reporting into the Water Quality Services Manager. 

Key responsibilities: 

  • Accountable for the timely provision and accuracy of routine/requested water quality advice based on water quality data, inflow data and current and forecast climatic conditions
  • Monitor, review, identify and advise of any water quality risks evident through water quality monitoring results or system knowledge to ensure that any potential risks are effectively managed and minimised.
  • Develop and implement water quality monitoring programs to investigate water quality issues and events for better understanding of water quality cause and effect, to meet business requirements and comply with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) or any requirements specified by NSW Health.
  • Capability in the application of available tools for the management of water quality such WQ modelling, monitoring, and reporting systems. Provide input to drive continuous improvement of relevant tools and systems
  • Ongoing engagement with stakeholders, customers and regulators providing specialist in depth technical water quality advice in response to water quality events/incidents to meet client needs
  • Support the implementation of Water Quality Management System including assurance activities, performance reporting and updating relevant documentation.
  • Identify, scope, and participate in research needs based on business priorities and objectives and collaborate with the research team. 

Skills and Qualifications required:

  • Tertiary qualification in engineering, science or a related discipline or equivalent experience
  • In depth knowledge of Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG)and other NSW regulatory requirements for the management of potable water supplies, from catchment to customer. 
  • Specialised knowledge in one or more of the nominated fields:
    • Water quality (physico-chemical)
    • Water quality (microbial)
    • Limnology
    • Statistics
    • Catchment and riverine hydrology or hydrogeology
    • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Experience relating to limnology or the management of water quality in rivers, dam storages and raw water supply systems.
  • Experience in the design of water quality monitoring programs, investigative studies and the interpretation of complex data sets for the provision of strategic and operational advice for the management of water quality risks
  • Extensive Stakeholder engagement experience with highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • High level of attention to detail and critical thinking
  • Current NSW Drivers Licence 

What we are offering 

  • Competitive remuneration package  
  • Ongoing support, training and development opportunities 
  • Flexible work arrangement, 9 days a fortnight

This is a unique opportunity to work in an organization that values and embraces diversity and is committed to ensuring that its employees reflect the NSW community it serves. At WaterNSW we also endeavour to promote flexible ways to work. 

WaterNSW is committed to the safety of employees and wider community, as such, full vaccination against COVID-19 will be a condition of entry to all our workplaces. All applicants will need to meet this condition.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks including a National police check and Medical check. Any offer of employment will be subject to successful clearance of these checks. 

More information can be accessed via the Position Description. Queries can be directed to: Recruitment@waternsw.com.au

All applications must be lodged via an online application – emailed applications will not be accepted.

Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Applications close 24th February 2023


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