First listed on: 07 November 2023

Field Services Technician – Flood Warning Lead


The Australian Government has committed up to $236.0 million over the next 10 years to address critical, long-standing risks in Australia’s flood gauge network in the nation’s most flood-prone regions. The funding will simplify flood warning network ownership and maintenance in high-risk areas, by enabling the Bureau to acquire, upgrade and integrate local government-owned, and some state government-owned, rain and river gauges into its existing flood warning network across Australia.

Flood warning infrastructure enables the Bureau to provide communities and emergency services with riverine flood forecasts and warnings used to support disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

To support this initiative, we are seeking enthusiastic and qualified Hydrographers, Electronics, Electrical, or Instrumentation Technicians or Engineers, ideally with previous field experience. 

You take pride in developing and mentoring staff. Your strong teamwork abilities ensure you can empower and inspire the field teams you are responsible for managing.

Who are you?

You have an appetite for working in remote locations so a willingness to travel is essential.

You are a suitably qualified team player who likes to get hands-on in the field, and the prospect of seeing many parts of Australia excites you. 

You have strong communication skills to support your field team, negotiate and manage stakeholder relationships, and leverage emotional intelligence.

Who are we?

The Observing Operations Hubs are the Bureau of Meteorology's Technical Operations centres comprising of 8 Hubs, one in each capital city and Cairns.

Staff based at the Observing Operations Hub travel far and wide and into remote areas, utilising 4WD's, plane's, boats, and helicopters to maintain service delivery within the various instrumentation networks. This includes: 

  • Rain Radars 
  • Automatic Weather Stations (AWS)
  • Upper-Air monitoring systems (sounding balloons)
  • Sea Level Monitoring Stations
  • Wave and Wave height buoys
  • Satellite ground reception and space weather instruments
  • Flood warning/rainfall monitoring systems 
  • Cooperative observers, volunteer rainfall stations 
  • Communications, telemetry and instrumentation systems

We are part of a national maintenance workforce and there is every likelihood of travel to other parts of Australia. Regardless of home location, you will travel to flood network infrastructure located in QLD and NSW in particular which is the initial focus of the flood network initiative.

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