Australia nationals: Senior Hydrographer

Government of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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  • Lead hydrographic work covering flowrate measurement
  • Located at Manly Hydraulics Laboratory (MHL) - preferred location Manly Vale with Travel throughout NSW essential
  • Salary packaging starting from $97,152 plus superannuation
  • Temporary role until 30 June 2022, opportunity for extension to Ongoing in 2022.

About the role:

This is a sought-after opportunity to work with a passionate team of professionals as a Senior Hydrographer in MHL.

In this role, you will manage and lead client hydrometric services, for streams, irrigation systems, water systems, sewer systems and/or stormwater systems, including:

  • Deploying (lead station design and builds) flowrate monitoring instrumentation, including sensors, loggers and equipment; in-situ flow measurement including closed conduit and open channel gaugings, stage curve development and station calibration; and, other deployment of hydrometric equipment including water level, water quality, rainfall and weather stations.  
  • Managing and operating hydrographic data capture networks, including instrumentation, alarms and software.
  • Supporting data management, analysis, and data quality control to produce high quality flowrate measurement.
  • Working in and above water, natural environments, and urban environments including entry to confined spaces, sewer systems (including in shallow or deep sewer manholes) and stormwater systems.
  • Providing leadership and mentoring of junior hydrometric staff.
  • Understanding related emerging technologies, legislation and associated industry trends
  • Working with senior staff, leading new market opportunities including project management, budgets, and marketing and promoting MHL’s services.

This role has a strong focus on the delivery of multiple projects simultaneously. Data captured is critical to deliver MHL’s client services, including water information, investigations, real time modelling, and decision support systems.

About you:

To be successful in this role you will require:

  • Significant hydrographic knowledge and demonstrated practical experience in data capture, interpretation and analysis at a senior level
  • Demonstrated expertise managing hydrographic data capture networks for flowrate measurement, including real time data processes – in particular deploying and calibrating industry sensors, loggers and equipment.
  • Tertiary qualifications or equivalent industry experience in the field of data analysis and use of instrumentation and software in relation to flowrate measurement, and, one or more of the following areas: oceanic / marine, coastal, estuarine / riverine (including flood waters) and urban water systems / irrigation systems.
  • First Aid Certificate, NSW Driver’s Licence, and fitness assessment. (Advantageous: Confined Spaces Certificate, Boat Licence, Advanced Resuscitation, Coxswain Certificate)
  • Strong communication, technical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in project management and leading infield teams, as well as experience in the use of hydrographic equipment software and Microsoft software applications (Office365, Sharepoint and MS Teams).

You must be willing and able to undertake frequent field work away from the office including overnight travel which may be for extended periods, travelling by air and road. Outdoors inspections; walking distances over rough ground, working at heights, entry to confined spaces including sewers, lifting, manual labour, swimming, and working in boats will be part of the day to day activities. You must be willing and able to work in and around water, in natural environments and urban environments including sewer systems (including in shallow or deep sewer manholes) and stormwater systems.

Employment screening checks, security or other clearances and health assessments may be conducted.

To learn more about the role, click here to view the role description.

About Us

Manly Hydraulics Laboratory (MHL) is a commercial business unit within the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Water Infrastructure NSW Division. It provides specialist services in coastal, water, sewer, stormwater, and environmental solutions, including extensive environmental data collection programs and physical and numerical modelling. MHL manages Australia’s largest coastal monitoring network and has been solving coastal, port, and hydraulic engineering problems since 1944.

The Department’s Water Group leads the NSW Government in providing confidence to communities and stakeholders with the transparent stewardship of water resources, provision of services and reforms that support sustainable and healthy environments, economies and societies across NSW.

Applying for the role

For your application to be considered, applicants must:

  • submit a cover letter that outlines their skills and experience relevant to the above requirements
  • submit an updated copy of their resume
  • reply to the selection question in the application form

Applications close Sunday 25 April 2021 at 11:55pm. For more information, contact Michael Galloway on 9949 0200.

Good to know
A Recruitment Pool may be established for future roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from Planning and Environment Cluster and other NSW Public Sector agencies over an 18-month period.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Flexibility
The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.