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 is undertaking significant steps to deliver a more customer focussed, integrated and resilient national operation. This is an exciting direction for the Bureau which will change the way we deliver services to Australian communities.
The future operating model for the Bureau will create new career pathways to enhance our culture, to empower our people to learn and grow. As part of this transformation, we are introducing new roles that will assist the Bureau in delivering world class weather products and services within the newly formed Community Services Group (CSG).
This group is comprised of Environmental Prediction Services (EPS), Decision Support Services (DSS) and National Production Services (NPS) which have been configured to enable scalable, national and resilient services. The EPS program is responsible for the national monitoring, analysis and reporting of hazardous conditions. During severe weather events, EPS will be deployed into operations under the direction of NPS to deliver specialised, hazard-based advice, warning and outlook services.
Operating with a national capability, this program will establish a world class centre of scientific expertise and practice. To achieve this, EPS has been configured into four predictive service units: Water, Severe Weather, Marine and Antarctic and Climate, each of which play a key role in the value chain of the Bureau’s capability to deliver a suite of valuable products and services to the Australian community.
The objective of the Flood team is to apply best practice approaches in flood modelling, systems and processes to deliver world leading flood forecasting and warning products and services for Australia. The team provides advice on conditions which are hazardous or may have a significant impact on the nation. The flood team will operate as one across Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
The Operational Flood Hydrologist will report to the Flood Operations Team Lead at their location (Brisbane or). The primary responsibility of this role is focussed on year-round operational flood monitoring with this shifting to forecasting and warning during flood events. The role will support projects that drive continuous improvement of flood warning services. This includes the development and improvement of flood forecasting systems, techniques, processes, training and documentation that support the national Flood Warning Service.