Australia nationals: Team Lead Climate and Hydrology Analysis and Specialist Services

Australia Bureau of Meteorology

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

Australia is regularly affected by severe weather events. These events are growing in frequency and severity, leading to increased economic impact, vulnerability and potential magnitude of harm. To address this, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth are undertaking significant steps to deliver improved Climate Risk services in support of improving Australia’s resilience to extreme weather and reducing the cost of natural disasters.  This is an exciting direction for the Bureau which will change the way we deliver services to Australian communities.
The Environmental Prediction Services (EPS) Program has been established to provide a world class centre for access to scientific expertise, services and modelling across four predictive service teams: Marine and Antarctic, Water, Climate and Severe Weather.

EPS Climate is an integrated, multi-disciplinary team responsible for delivering operational and specialist climate and hydro-climate services for Australia and the southwest Pacific. It is also responsible for delivering climate and natural disaster risk information to the Commonwealth, States and Territories. The objectives of EPS Climate are to support strategic and tactical decisions across government and industry to improve resilience to future climate, and to ensure the Bureau delivers on commitments under the Water Act 2007.
There are three teams within EPS Climate — Operational Hydro-Climate Services, Climate Analysis and Specialist Services and Pacific Climate Services. Services across EPS Climate include the provision of multi-week and seasonal forecasts, routine climate and hydrological monitoring and situational awareness reports, and the custodianship and analysis of past, present and future climate data sets. 

We are seeking an experienced and motivated Team Lead for Climate and Hydrology Analysis and Specialist Services in EPS Climate. Based in the Bureau’s Canberra (preferred) or Melbourne Office, this position will report directly to the Manager of EPS Climate. Note this is a maternity cover position for an initial period of 9 months, with the possibility of extension. The successful candidate will have a strong focus on growing the customer-centric climate services in EPS, particularly as a delivery partner in the Australian Climate Service. You will have management responsibilities for a highly technical team of around 18 highly qualified subject matter experts that provide product support, data analysis and specialist advice and intelligence to the Bureau’s Decision Support Services and Business Solutions Group as well as the Australian Climate Service.

To be successful in this role, you will display a strong interest in being a part of the evolving Bureau landscape for weather, ocean and climate services. The role is being advertised at the APS Executive Level 2; requiring the successful applicant to have responsibilities for setting strategic direction and leadership, and play a key role in liaising with internal partners and external customers. This will require a clear vision for the future of climate services in Australia, and the needs of customers who manage climate risks.
You will require post graduate qualifications in climatology, hydrology or meteorology and demonstrated experience in working with climate risk, climate observations and future projections. Experience in high-impact weather and hazards will be advantageous. You will be able to demonstrate a proven commitment to excellence in collaboration and building partnerships and relationships with both internal and external partners.

During extreme weather and climate events, this position may be expected to undertake extended working hours as directed.

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