First listed on: 02 January 2023

Lead Dam Engineer

We are NSW’s bulk water supplier, river operator and your one-stop shop for licensing, water trades and water information.  We supply two thirds of water used in NSW from our 42 dams, rivers and pipelines to regional towns, irrigators, Sydney Water and local water utilities. We also own and operate the largest surface and groundwater monitoring network in the southern hemisphere and build, maintain and operate essential infrastructure. 

We are seeking an experienced Lead Dam Engineer to provide technical leadership in delivering effective dam engineering solutions, inclusive of investigation, assessment, design, audit and advice services to the organisation in accordance with the DSMS to meet business, regulatory and statutory requirements and puts safety first.

You will be providing in-depth specialist dam engineering support by keeping condition of dams and risks they present under constant review; identify and measure/quantify new threats and lead development of improvement solutions. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide technical leadership in dam engineering to the Dam Engineers and the business.
  • Review/validate and/or verify work outputs from Dam Engineers and consultants in accordance with the Dam Safety Management System (DSMS).
  • Provide specialist expertise and advice on comprehensive dam safety risk reviews, investigations, and portfolio risk assessments.
  • Lead the development of strategies and objective studies for risk management options by supporting the prioritisation of dam safety investigations and studies projects for inclusion in the Dam Safety Investment Strategy.
  • Develop effective working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. 

Required skills:

To be successful in this role you must have a tertiary qualification in Civil Engineering along with:

  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in dams engineering
  • Experience in engineering and design aspects on multi-disciplinary dam projects 
  • Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of dam and weir design, construction, operation, safety assessment and maintenance.
  • Proven negotiation and influencing skills to leverage teams’ capabilities to deliver good business outcomes 
  • Proven experience engaging with key internal and external stakeholders to identify needs, address issues and ensure objectives are understood and met 
  • Demonstrated background in planning work and deploying resources to deliver business goals. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to communicate internally and to technical professionals, client groups, regulators, and the public, including reports, addressing forums and providing and interpreting technical information.
  • Highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills, ability to analyse and interpret data and information and make sound judgements.
  • Detailed knowledge of relevant Australian and International codes and standards.
  • Proven risk management and technical engineering knowledge of dams
  • Knowledge of safety policies and regulatory requirements.
  • Current NSW Driver’s Licence, and willing to travel to the various sites within WaterNSW.  

What we are offering

  • Permanent, full time role
  • Flexible work location - within NSW
  • 9 day fortnight, work from home and office
  • Diverse and supportive team environment 

WaterNSW is committed to the safety of employees and wider community, as such, full vaccination against COVID-19 will be a condition of entry to all our workplaces. All applicants will need to meet this condition.

Probity Checks

The successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks including a National police check and Medical check. Any offer of employment will be subject to successful clearance of these checks.   

For further information regarding this position, please refer to the attached Position Description. Queries may be directed to 

Please complete your personal details and submit a cover letter and resume below. All applications must be submitted online.

Please note  - Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications close on 16th January 2023

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