First listed on: 29 January 2024

Catchment Assessment Specialist

Ready to make a splash in your career? WaterNSW is seeking an experienced Catchment Assessment Specialist (Full Time, Permanent) to join our team.  

Who is WaterNSW?

WaterNSW is a critical part of the water supply chain in NSW, supplying two-thirds of water used across the state. We are an organisation that is committed to our role as custodian of land and water resources, and work together to deliver outcomes for our customers and the community through innovation and best practice. 

Why we are recruiting

WaterNSW is seeking a passionate, personable and detail-oriented assessment specialist for this newly-formed role to lead the assessment and provision of expert advice on developments, infrastructure, stormwater and wastewater management to to minimise risk to water quality, water quantity, water supply infrastructure and catchment health across the Sydney drinking water catchment.

Our perks and benefits

At WaterNSW we believe that our employees should be as well taken care of as our critical natural and man-made assets, which is why we offer a load of benefits including:  

  • Salary range starting from $144,550 + 11% Super + performance payment
  • Flexible working and choice of location 
  • 9-day fortnight at full pay
  • Up to 16 weeks paid parental leave  
  • Option to purchase additional 4-weeks annual leave
  • An additional public holiday – Agreement Day
  • Discounted access to gyms and pools across NSW
  • Discounts on Apple, Microsoft and Lenovo products
  • Salary sacrifice and packaging
  • Professional development and educational assistance  

What’s in it for you?

This is a unique opportunity to:

  • Ensure the assessment of development applications requiring the concurrence of the regulatory authority are technically robust and timely.
  • Provide expert advice on proposals external to WaterNSW including State significant developments and infrastructure proposed within the declared catchment area.
  • Use your interpersonal and technical skills to influence decisions and actions made by planning and consent authorities.
  • Provide expert advice and overview of technical assessments on WaterNSW’s advice and comments on development applications, State significant developments and infrastructure.
  • Provide specialist water quality input to the development of assessment tools, guidelines, current recommended practices and standards to assist in the efficient assessment of proposals.

What we are looking for:  

  • Tertiary qualifications in Environmental Planning, Engineering, Science, Management, Law or other relevant discipline.
  • Current Australian Driver’s Licence.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in water quality impact assessment and management, and the related requirements under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
  • Knowledge of the issues and management responses in the areas of wastewater, stormwater, groundwater and surface water for activities within drinking water catchment.
  • High level liaison, interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Extensive experience in the provision, co-ordination and review of expert advice in relation to a regulatory authority role in the Sydney drinking water catchment.
  • Extensive experience in managing the assessment process to meet complex timeframes, regulatory environment and quality requirements.
  • Experience providing technical leadership and coaching to a small team.

How we will support you: 

At WaterNSW, we embrace the opportunity to integrate work into our life by having full ownership of our work week. We value getting the job done rather than looking at your work hours. 

We are proud to be a WORK180 Endorsed Employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities for women. Visit our WORK180 page to access our benefits and career development opportunities  

More about our team/ culture:

We communicate openly and honestly while maintaining respect for each other. This means we get things done. We understand that everyone is different, and this is what we value as part of our inclusive culture.

For more information, please reach out to: Talent Acquisition Partner Azmine Amer at

Please note applications for this position will close on 09 February 2024.

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