Local recruitment: Waterwatch Coordinator via NRMJobs

Ginninderra Catchment Group

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Title: Waterwatch Coordinator

Advertiser: Ginninderra Catchment Group

Location: Canberra

Salary etc: $71,000 – $80,000 p.a. pro-rata Part-time.

Our Organisation

Ginninderra Catchment Group (GCG) is one of three Catchment Groups in the ACT, both a community-based natural resource management organisation and a Landcare network currently supporting 31 groups across Belconnen and Gungahlin. GCG also coordinates numerous community engagement and landscape-scale restoration programs, including riparian and waterway education and restoration projects.

In addition, GCG undertakes a range of citizen science programs, Waterwatch (Ginninderra Creek catchment and Yass catchment) and FrogWatch (ACT and Region-wide). This position will recruit for a Coordinator under the Waterwatch Program.


This position will be a part-time position 3.5days per week (26.25hrs) which reports to the GCG Catchment Coordinator The position is currently offered until 30th June 2023, with the possibility of extension. Remuneration is $71,000 – $80,000 p.a. pro-rata (FTE).


Waterwatch Coordinator coordinates Waterwatch program delivery to the satisfaction of the Upper Murrumbidgee Regional Waterwatch Facilitator The Coordinator works closely with the GCG Executive, staff, contractors, stakeholders and the wider community to realise GCG’s strategy and goals. The Waterwatch Coordinator role will focus principally on the Waterwatch program and contributes to three core objectives of Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch.

  • Engage the community in monitoring and caring for our catchments: Volunteers make monthly measurements of water quality parameters in the ACT and region. Staff (with assistance from volunteers) also survey aquatic macroinvertebrates and assess riparian condition. Volunteers also assist in platypus surveys during August.
  • Educate and raise awareness in schools and the community about catchment health: Waterwatch coordinators visit schools and attend public events to educate and raise awareness on issues of catchment health.
  • Use data collected by volunteers to inform policy and on-ground catchment management: The range of water quality data collected by volunteers contributes to a holistic understanding of catchment health and is used in the Catchment Health Indicator Program (CHIP) report and the Ginninderra Catchment Group’s strategy.

In particular, the Waterwatch Coordinator is required to:

  1. Train and support volunteers to monitor a range of catchment health indicators and assist with processes for quality assurance.
  2. Verify and analyse data for use in the annual CHIP report.
  3. Deliver education programs to schools and engage the community in general on catchment management issues.
  4. Support the delivery of other Waterwatch initiatives such as the Bug Blitz and Platypus Month.
  5. To support GCG and the local community in facilitating the implementation of the Ginninderra Catchment Strategy in areas pertaining to water quality improvement.
  6. To establish and maintain links (particularly cross-border links) between catchment management interest groups to encourage coordination, communication and collaboration on water quality improvement initiatives.
  7. Assist with Waterwatch communications such as via the website and newsletter.

How to apply:

Selection Criteria:

  1. A sound understanding of freshwater ecology, such as water monitoring techniques, aquatic macroinvertebrates and riparian vegetation.
  2. Demonstrated skills in project management; ability to work unsupervised to establish priorities, and initiate, organise and complete work tasks within set timeframes.
  3. A high level of oral and written communication skills with particular emphasis on:
    • Communicating with various stakeholders such as government and community groups,
    • Delivering presentations to students and the general public on catchment health issues, and
    • Writing scientific material for the general public.
  4. Sound IT skills, particularly regarding Microsoft Office.
  5. Awareness of Workplace Health and Safety principles and their application in the field of natural resource management.

Apply by Friday 10 March 2023 by email to: landcare@ginninderralandcare.org.au



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