Manager Surface Water Monitoring

Job description

Agency Department of Environment, Parks Work unit Water Monitoring Branch, Water

and Water Security Resources Division

Job title Manager Surface Water Monitoring Designation Technical Officer 5

Job type Full Time Duration Ongoing

Salary $97,083 - $105,770 Location Darwin

Position number 13105 RTF 199263 Closing 22/11/2020

Contact Simon Cruickshank, Manager Water Monitoring on 08 8999 3676 or

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Information for applicants

Applications must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and detailed resume-.

The NTPS values diversity and aims for a workforce that represents the community. The NTPS encourages people from

all diversity groups to apply for vacancies. For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go

to the OCPE website.

Special Measures is not applicable to this vacancy.

Primary objective

Lead teams in the collection, processing, management and dissemination of surface water data and information products

for the sustainable management of the Territory’s water resources.

Context statement

This role is a senior leader position within the Water Monitoring Branch. It is responsible for ensuring water monitoring

programs deliver water allocation planning, flood and contract monitoring outcomes to the required standard.

Key duties and responsibilities

1. Ensure surface water data requirements are identified and mapped within the Division’s project management system.

2. Develop and allocate work programs and project plans to surface water monitoring teams and instrumentation officer.

3. Assess technology, instrumentation and work processes to improve operational efficiency and ensure water data

information systems are operational and instrument/asset management systems are current.

4. Develop, mentor and performance manage staff and provide logistics support to staff in the field.

5. Undertake audits to ensure instrumentation repairs/upgrades and field/office activities are being conducted to

standard and provide input into review or development of new standards.

Selection criteria


1. Extensive knowledge of field hydrology in tropical and arid environments.

2. Extensive experience operating automated data monitoring networks, surveying, sampling, and flow gauging,

processing and editing data in accordance with industry standards.

3. Detailed knowledge of rating development theory and influences.

4. Knowledge of the implications of water legislation, water allocation planning principles, water licensing and regulation

on water monitoring networks.

5. Ability to ensure short term operational requirements do not dominate longer term strategic goals.

6. Highly developed planning, personal organisation and time management skills.

7. Ability to develop, mentor and manage staff, create a harmonious team environment and ‘flexible, can-do’ culture.

8. Effective and concise written and oral communication skills.

9. Proven ability to prepare accurate and logical documentation, memorandums, project plans and business cases and

interpret technical data and convert into simple information products.


1. Bachelor Degree in a related discipline and Diploma Water Industry Operations (or equivalent).

Further information

This role may involve working in and around flood water and undertaking physically demanding field work in challenging

environments. Successful applicants will need to be eligible to hold a firearms licence, be prepared to work outside normal

hours, camp overnight and work away from home, sometimes at short notice.