First listed on: 05 December 2022

Lead Dam Safety 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 Safety Engineer to provide technical leadership in the Dam Safety Team, and to support the delivery of the Dam Safety Annual Workplan to meet time, quality, and cost benchmarks. and 

Key responsibilities:

  • Review and validate key Dam Safety Team work outputs to ensure compliance with regulatory and business requirements.
  • Prioritise and plan the Dam Safety Annual Workplan, implementing all surveillance requirements for dam safety, as outlined in the Dam Safety Management System (DSMS).
  • Lead the tracking and reporting of Dam Safety Annual Workplan activities to ensure compliance with the DSMS obligations. Provide routine dam safety status reports noting any significant occurrences within the portfolio.
  • Review management system audits and documentation on compliance of operations, maintenance, and surveillance with the DSMS Manual. Lead the investigation and resolution of dam safety incidents.
  • Plan for and manage dam safety issues, responses and emergencies, together with other subject matter experts, as may be required from time to time. Develop Surveillance Response Plans for response to unusual conditions at each dam.
  • Make recommendations on the content of risk management plans, procedures and programs related to dam safety management in accordance with regulatory and industry ‘best practice’. 

Required skills:

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

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in dam safety management.
  • Experience preparing and/or reviewing and critiquing annual and comprehensive five yearly dam safety surveillance reports.
  • Experience in the safety evaluation of existing dams.
  • 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. 
  • Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of dam and weir design, construction, operation, safety surveillance and maintenance.
  • Experience in leading a team of technical staff, providing coaching and mentoring to aid their development and to ensure effective delivery of services. 
  • Detailed knowledge of relevant Australian and International codes and standards.
  • Proven risk management and technical engineering knowledge of policy and regulatory requirements.
  • 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.
  • 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

We are looking for someone who can work in a high-volume environment with competing priorities required on multiple tasks. 

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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