Professional Officer-Hydrology
Bureau of Meteorology

Closing date: 1st December 2016

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency in the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities portfolio of the Australian Government. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including droughts, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the fundamental and most widely used services of government.

The Bureau's water information role has been expanded through the Commonwealth Water Act 2007 which is enhancing the quality and utility of Australia's water information by producing the national water account, water resource assessments and water availability forecasting services. These responsibilities add to the Bureau's existing responsibilities for flood forecasting and warnings. The program includes development and maintenance of an integrated, national water information system freely accessible to the public (see http://www.bom.gov.au/water).

The Extended Hydrological Prediction section (EHP) has been established to develop seasonal, short term and long term water availability and streamflow forecasting services. The seasonal streamflow forecasting service provides water availability forecasts at important locations across eastern Australia (http://www.bom.gov.au/water/ssf). The 7-day water forecasting service was released to the public in September 2015 (http://www.bom.gov.au/water/7daystreamflow/). As a precursor of the long term water availability forecast, the Hydrologic Reference Stations has been established to track the impact of hydro-climatic conditions on streamflow variations (http://www.bom.gov.au/water/hrs/). 7-day, seasonal streamflow and long-term water availability forecasts are expected to help water managers and users better plan and manage water use, water allocation, environmental flow management and water trading decisions. Predictions of future water availability forecasts can potentially allow water managers and users to better plan and manage water use, to inform water allocation, environmental flow management and water trading decisions and to assist with development of water policies to ensure security of supply.

We are seeking an experienced and motivated hydrologist or engineer with strong technical and hydrological modelling skills to help design and provide water information and forecasting products. The occupant will be involved in advanced hydrologic modelling tasks requiring quantitative hydrology skills for delivery of the water forecasting products that support seasonal and long-term water forecasting services of the Division. The focus of the position is on water information product development, short term and seasonal forecasting service delivery and will contribute to a diverse and passionate team of specialists in environmental modelling and service delivery systems.

This is a unique opportunity to:

  • work in a close and dynamic team environment
  • collaborate with leading researchers in Australia and
  • help develop and deliver innovative and customised water forecasting products to provide practical environmental services benefiting Australia

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