First listed on: 14 June 2024

Catchment Management Officer


  • Contribute to protecting and improving the drinking water quality of your community
  • Combine your office skills with field based activities
  • Permanent full-time
  • Balance your life with a 9 day fortnight 
  • Flexible work arrangement options are available

About the role

The role of Catchment Management Officer contributes to the management of the drinking water catchment areas to maintain water quality, the environment and natural systems to meet industry best practice and organisational and regulatory requirements.

Our ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about conservation of catchments with the skills and experience to deliver tangible improvements in a pragmatic and collaborative manner. You will enjoy the great outdoors and also thrive in the office developing strategies, analysing data, writing reports and navigating regulatory requirements. 

This position is required to provide quality customer service and create value for the community.

Key activities of this role include: 

  • Develop and maintain catchment management and water quality risk management plans and implement associated strategies and actions in Council’s drinking water catchment areas
  • Be the subject matter expert and first point of contact for catchment management activities including liaison with and education of land holders, inspections, investigations, and managing Council owned land and headworks assets in the water catchments
  • Manage water quality and environmental risks through the collection, recording, reporting and analysis of monitoring data (e.g. field sampling, data loggers, laboratory analysis, SCADA, observational monitoring) in accordance with regulatory requirements and operational needs

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Diploma qualification in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or related field OR demonstrated solid contemporary experience in a similar role
  • Current First Aid Certificate, or willingness to obtain
  • Current Resuscitation Certificate, or willingness to obtain
  • Current Class C Driver’s Licence
  • Experience within a similar role with a focus on catchment management, environmental science, natural resource management and water quality protection
  • Knowledge of water quality risk management frameworks and regulation associated with water quality and extraction management and catchment protection
  • Experience in the collection of water samples and other water quality and quantity monitoring data, and interpretation and reporting of such data
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Outlook) and demonstrated ability to learn how to use other specific purpose software
    programs (e.g. data logger software, SCADA and GIS)

Our position description provides more information for you to learn more about this role.

Other important information

  • The salary range for this position sits between $85.8k to $103k per annum + superannuation
  • This is a Permanent full time role
  • This role will be able to access a 9 day fortnight
  • We are able to offer hybrid and flexible working conditions for this role. 
  • This role is located at the Somersby Treatment Plant 
  • Successful candidates may be required to have vaccinations against Tetanus.

Council will be creating an eligibility list from this recruitment process and may utilise this eligibility list to fill other permanent or temporary vacancies.

Extra benefits

At Central Coast Council we provide team members with a range of extras that help them balance their life when they need it. Fitness Passports give access to a range of gyms. Wellbeing leave can be accessed twice a year to tick off something that means something to you - volunteering, health check ups, a 'me day' to refresh you. And an Employee Assistance Program that offers a range of wellbeing initiatives to help you and your immediate family.

Other extras include:

  • Long service leave after 5 years of continuous service
  • Free flu vaccination program
  • Time provided for you to do annual skin cancer screening, Breast screen and blood donations
  • Access to professional development with career development and learning programs through various platforms
  • We reward and recognise our staff with our Cheers program
  • Novated leasing partnerships. 

Central Coast Council is committed to the goals of equal opportunity employment. We aim to provide a work environment for our employees that fosters equity, diversity and respect.

Council is committed to providing safe environments that protect the physical, emotional, cultural and social wellbeing of children on the Central Coast.

What to know more?

The contact person for this role is Rebecca Duke Process Engineer Dams and Catchments. You can contact them on 0438 713 963 or on email at

This position will close for applications at midnight on Sunday 14 July 2024.

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Central Coast Council is ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour's drive from Newcastle, the Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work.

The Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, the third largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th Largest LGA in Australia. Central Coast Council is the third largest water utility (or water and sewage service) in NSW servicing 139,000 homes and businesses in a growing region.

How to apply

We have put together some additional resources to help you apply for a role at Central Coast Council.
By completing and submitting this online application you confirm that any information that you provide in this application is true and correct and acknowledge that any offer of employment may be withdrawn should the information that you have provided in support of your application be shown to be false. 
You also consent to employment screening checks being conducted where appropriate.  This may include associated checks including reference checks, Working with Children Check, Entitlement to Work in Australia, employment history and an Australian Federal Police Check, as well as substantiation of educational qualifications, industry memberships, previous Central Coast Council employment history and association with professional bodies.
You also acknowledge that you will be required to provide proof of eligibility (including photo identification) to work in Australia if selected for an interview.

To lodge your application, please follow these steps:

  1. Answer the on-line questions shown below.
  2. Attach your resume 
  3. Attach your qualifications and licences.

Once your application is successfully lodged you will receive an automated response sent to your e-mail address. If a response is not received this means that your application has not been successfully submitted and you will need to lodge another application.

If you require assistance to lodge your application please contact our Talent Acquisition team by emailing to discuss what reasonable adjustments you may need. If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted by phone or e-mail. For further instructions please click here

You will have the ability to save your application as you go using the 'Save Application' button. You can start an application and return to it later via the automatic follow-up email once you have the time and required information at hand to finalise your application.  

If you don't have access to a computer or electronic device, you can lodge your application at any of Council's Library locations. Pre-book a free 1-hour computer timeslot by contacting your nearest library or ask at the enquiry counter.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept unsolicited resumes or applications being presented by recruitment agencies. 

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