Project Officer (Water and Waterways)

Reef Catchments

Various, QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Position description

Title:                 Project Officer – Water and Waterways
Tenure:             Full time to 31 December 2021
Base Salary:     $65,000 – $80,000
Location:          Mackay or Proserpine
Reports to:       Coordinator – Water and Waterways

Reef Catchments is a regional community not-for-profit business focused on enhanced use and management of natural resources (land, water, vegetation and ecosystem health) while maintaining a viable regional community.

More information about Reef Catchments and its activities is available at

The position
Join a dynamic and versatile team to lead the design, development and implementation of Water and Quality Improvement initiatives within the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with partners and stakeholders in developing, coordinating and reporting on waterways management issues across the region.

This is a highly varied and fast-paced role, requiring an energetic multi-tasker with the ability to coordinate activities and outcomes across Water & Quality Improvement project areas simultaneously. Prior experience in an NRM, scientific or government-based role will be highly regarded.

We are looking for a team player with a positive and engaging personality.

In return, we offer a flexible and positive work environment, with excellent conditions, and an opportunity to enhance and build your skills in multiple areas.

Key Responsibilities for the position
The Project Officer, Water and Waterways, will:

  • Support the Water and Waterways Team to develop and implement System Repair and Waterways projects.
  • Implement river restoration activities in priority catchments including the O’Connell River and Pioneer River including program design and management (oversight of on-site works), landholder engagement, and facilitation and meetings with stakeholders.
  • Under take water quality monitoring in riverine and marine environments
  • Facilitate and assist in the development of priority healthy waterways projects with working groups, industry, local government and state government, this will include developing funding proposals and programs.
  • Develop and maintain communication pathways between Reef Catchments and working groups, industry, local government and state government.
  • Conform to all Reef Catchments policies, procedures and operation processes.
  • Work towards and support a safe, equitable and harassment free workplace.
  • Establish field trials and demonstrations, collaborating with research agencies and communicating with landholder through a range of extension processes.
  • Collect, coordinate and management of data, and spatial mapping to monitor and report on implementation and improvements in river restoration.
  • Participate in communications, promotions, training, workshops and field day activities.
  • Ensure that contracted milestones and activities are completed on time and according to budget and lead the reporting of outputs and outcomes back to key government and private investors and stakeholders.
  • Ensure that the company complies with adopted WH&S management systems, including statutory obligations and verification of required resources.

Selection criteria
• SC1 – Tertiary qualification in a relevant field such as Natural Resource Management, Applied Science, Environmental Science or Environmental Management are essential.
• SC2 – Demonstrated knowledge in natural resources management, or environmental science including the ability to develop and deliver projects with multiple project partners and stakeholders.
• SC3 – Demonstrated project management skills in relation to riverine restoration or similar projects, including the ability to coordinate multiple projects and budgets.
• SC4 – Skills in working with landholders and managers to effect behaviour change in relation to improved ecosystems and land management practices.
• SC5 – Good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate with influence to a diverse client base including landholders, industry groups, government and contractors.
• SC6 – Current manual Driver’s Licence.

How you will be assessed
Those wishing to express an interest in the position are required to:
1. Attach your current resume (of no more than 4 pages) including names and contact details of at least two (2) referees who have knowledge of your work;
2. Provide a response to the questions listed under Selection Criteria, outlining your skills and attributes and suitability for the position. Your response should be no more than 2 pages.

The selection panel will assess your ability to perform the work required of the position based on your response and resume and other selection processes which may include an interview and/or work test.

Referees will be contacted to verify the information you provide and to comment on how you demonstrate the attributes being sought.

Further information can be obtained by contacting:
Human Resources

Phone: (07) 4968 4200 or email: [email protected]
Please submit your application and selection criteria, via Seek by close of business, Monday 16 November 2020.