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Senior Water Monitoring Officer – Surface Water


Job type: Full-time

Salary $85,637 - $94,223

Primary objective

Lead a small team in the collection, processing, management and dissemination of surface water data for the sustainable management of the Territory’s Water Resources.

Context statement

Leading one of several small teams, this position will be responsible for planning and conducting surface water monitoring activities, providing data and information products in support of water allocation planning and flood monitoring. While the role is predominantly surface water based, there will be a requirement to undertake groundwater monitoring activities.

Key duties and responsibilities

  1. Responsible for the management and operation of a surface water monitoring network in accordance with operational and work health and safety standards.

  2. Lead surface water field programs including surveys and gaugings, maintaining associated infrastructure and instrumentation.

  3. Manage and develop a small team, train and mentor less experienced staff in all facets of hydrometric monitoring.

  4. Process, analyse and edit field data to a quality assured standard in a timely and efficient manner.

  5. Develop information products and written reports, contribute to the development of operations and procedures.

  6. Develop a thorough knowledge of hydrological processes and contribute to network reviews.

Selection criteria


  1. Highly proficient in the technical skills required to lead water monitoring activities including surveying, gauging and sampling.

  2. Demonstrated knowledge of North Australian hydrology and implications for water monitoring programs.

  3. Significant experience in operating a surface water monitoring program including calibrating, maintaining and fault diagnoses of instrumentation, fully conversant with industry standards and best practice.

  4. Significant experience undertaking water monitoring field programs in remote locations, including use of all-terrain-vehicles and small boats, undertaking network condition audits, quality assuring data and generating information products.

  5. Demonstrated flexible, ‘can do’ attitude, innovative, receptive to change and possess a strong ability to resolve issues with limited resources.

  6. Well-developed communication skills, able to work with a range of stakeholders providing a client focused outcome.

  7. Capable of training and mentoring junior staff, managing performance and an active and integral team player significantly contributing to all water monitoring group activities.

  8. Hold a manual NT Drivers Licence.


  1. Hold a Diploma of Water Industry Operations (or equivalent).

  2. Experience in groundwater monitoring activities and knowledge of water bore drilling and yield testing.

Further information

This role involves working in and around water undertaking physically demanding field work in challenging environments. Successful applicants will need to be proficient at swimming, eligible to hold a firearms licence, be prepared to work outside normal hours, camp overnight and work away from home for several weeks at a time, sometimes at short notice.

From 13 November 2021 all NTPS employees subject to the Chief Health Officer Directions No.55 of 2021 are required to provide evidence of at least one dose of an approved COVID 19 vaccination and evidence of two doses completed by 24 December 2021 except in circumstances where there is a medical exemption.

Information for applicants – Inclusion and diversity and Special measures

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 and accommodates people with disability by making reasonable workplace adjustments. If you require an adjustment for the recruitment process or job, please discuss this with the contact officer. For more information about applying for this position and the merit process, go to the OCPE website.

Under the agency’s Special Measures Recruitment Plan eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) applicants will be granted priority consideration for this vacancy. For more information on Special Measures, go to the OCPE website.

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