Local recruitment: Scientist - River Health

Government of New South Wales

Sydney NSW, Australia 🇦🇺

Organisation / Entity:Environment and Heritage Group
Job category:EnvironmentalResearch and Analysis
Job location:Sydney Region / Sydney CitySydney Region / Sydney – Greater West
Job reference number:531069
Work type:Full-Time
Total remuneration package:Environment Officer Class 7
Closing date:02/10/2023 – 11:55 PM

Do you want your work to make a difference for NSW?
Together, we create thriving environments, communities and economies.

  • 2 x Temporary full-time roles end 30 June 2025 and 30 June 2026
  • Based in Lidcombe and working from home and onsite
  • Salary ranges from $101,850 to $112,530 plus super and leave loading

Opportunity to join a team of natural environment experts in the Estuaries and Catchment team within the Environment and Heritage Group.

The Estuaries and Catchments team, in the Water Wetlands and Coastal Science Branch, provides water and environment data, technical expertise and strategic advice to help authorities and governments protect NSW waterways and manage coastal hazards. Our work provides safe swimming beaches for the community, and supports environmental water managers maintain healthy wetlands, catchment managers identify land use pressures on rivers and estuaries and local government make decisions on coastal management.??

About the Role

As the Scientist, you will be responsible for contributing to scientific programs and projects by providing scientific/technical skills in macroinvertebrate taxonomy and analysis and interpretation of relevant environmental data to inform riverine health assessment and conduct environmental studies of rivers and their catchments.

You will apply your expertise in intensive, seasonally targeted, field sample collection surveys, followed by extended periods of laboratory identification of macroinvertebrate samples as part of our work reporting on the condition of waterways in NSW. You will provide scientific advice on freshwater macroinvertebrate taxonomy, and its relevance to river health assessment to key stakeholders, maintain up-to-date taxonomic knowledge and manage the curation of samples, specimens, and the freshwater macroinvertebrate reference collection.

About You

To be successful in the role, you will have knowledge and experience in water quality sample collection and water quality monitoring equipment and an understanding of water quality guidelines and their application relevant to NSW aquatic ecosystems.

Ideally you will have knowledge and experience in the following:

  • Organising and leading field trips with an understanding of safety and communication procedures
  • Experience in taxonomy, collection, sample processing, and identification and enumeration of freshwater macroinvertebrates to Family taxonomic level
  • Demonstrated experience with AUSRIVAS protocols for macroinvertebrate sampling and assessment for river health programs and experience with other quantitative sample collection methods
  • Analysis methods, including SIGNAL calculations, AUSRIVAS models and multivariate analysis, and interpretation, visualisation and presentation of results for scientific and general reporting
  • Experience using statistical analysis software such as PRIMER and R and/or other equivalent statistical analysis software and experience with analysis and visualisation of environmental datasets.
  • Experience using ArcGIS and\or QGIS and\or other remote sensing programs and spatial data management will also be highly regarded.
  • First aid qualifications, with remote area first aid qualification in addition to 4WD qualifications and experience would be an advantage

Essential Requirements

  • Scientific qualifications in a relevant field.
  • Qualifications and experience in AUSRIVAS sampling protocols for NSW, or willingness obtain relevant qualifications.
  • Current NSW driver’s license.

For more information read the full Role Description, go to:  Scientist – River Health Project

About Us

The Department of Planning and Environment’s (DPE) vision is to create thriving environments, communities and economies for the people of New South Wales. We strive to be a high-performing, world-class public service organisation that celebrates and reflects the full diversity of the community we serve and seeks to embed Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge throughout the department.

In our inclusive and accessible workplace, differences are embraced, contributions are valued, and everyone has a sense of connection and belonging. DPE supports various employee affinity groups, practice flexible working, offer job share and workplace adjustments.

To Apply

If excited by the information above, we look forward to receiving your application, including a copy of your resume and cover letter (up to 2 pages) expressing your interest and suitability for the role.

DPE strongly recommends all applicants to be vaccinated for COVID-19, unless there are safety reasons for not doing so.

Applications close Monday 2 October 2023 at 11:55pm

Should you require further information about the role, please contact Adrian Dickson, Senior Scientist River Assessment, Estuaries and Catchments, Biodiversity Conservation and Science, Environment and Heritage Group, DPE on 0428 639 849 or via email [email protected].

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months.

Looking for more information or assistance in applying?

Our Diversity team can assist to:

  • provide alternative formats to apply
  • make adjustments to the recruitment process
  • offer information about workplace adjustments and support networks

We encourage people with disability to apply. If you have disability and require more information on adjustments and assistance to apply, contact the Diversity team on [email protected]  (please include reference number).

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander check out Our Mob on Country to see the work we do and get assistance in applying.




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