Assistant Director - Vegetation Theme

Murray Darling Basin Authority

Mar 12th, 2023
$ 110,203 - 121,238 / Year
  • Ongoing or non-ongoing opportunity
  • $110,203 – $121,238 plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Adelaide, Canberra, Goondiwindi, Griffith, Mildura, Murray-Bridge and Wodonga
Who are we:

With the enactment of the Water Act 2007 (Cth), the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) was established as an independent expertise-based statutory agency.

For the first time in the Basin’s history, one Basin-wide institution is responsible for planning the Basin’s water resources, with all planning decisions made in the interest of the Basin as a whole.

Our most important work is to:

  • prepare, implement and review an integrated plan for the sustainable use of the Basin’s water resources
  • operate the River Murray system and efficiently deliver water to users on behalf of partner governments
  • measure, monitor and record the quality and quantity of the Basin’s water resources
  • supporting, encourage and conduct research and investigations about the Basin’s water resources and dependent ecosystems
  • advise the Australian Government Minister responsible for water on the accreditation of state water resource plans
  • provide water rights information to facilitate water trading across the Basin
  • engage and educate the Australian community about the Basin’s water resources.

At the MDBA, we are committed to diversity and inclusion across our workforce, and in the way that we work. We recognise the importance of making the best use of the unique perspectives, experience, knowledge and skills across our regionalised organisation. We strive to create a workplace where our people flourish in a welcoming and culturally safe environment. We encourage and welcome applications from people with disability, First Nations peoples, LGBTIQ+ people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people.

Who are we looking for:

Assistant Director (Vegetation Theme)will:

  • Develop and implement a strategic science framework for the vegetation theme, to progressively build knowledge and understanding of flood-dependent vegetation in the Murray-Darling Basin.
  • Oversee and/or lead implementation of various planning, monitoring, evaluation and research-related projects for flood-dependent vegetation.
  • Interpret and apply the scientific findings to inform environmental water planning and prioritisation, Basin-wide condition assessments, Basin Plan evaluations, water policy, and communications products.
  • Coordinate development of Basin Annual Environmental Watering Priorities.
  • Assist in the leadership of the Riverine Ecology team by building the rigour, transparency and quality of its science; in mentoring junior staff; and in supporting the science of the First Nations, waterbirds and native fish themes.
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships the scientific community, internally within the MDBA, as well as other government and non-government organisations, and members of the wider community.
  • Lead and or assist with the preparation of briefing material, correspondence, submissions, contracts and other policy or operational documents.

Why work for us?

  • Do a variety of interesting and challenging work, be encouraged to try new things.
  • Be part of a smaller agency with a strong focus on its connection with people.
  • Be part of a professional, committed, and friendly team of people.
  • Enjoy opportunities for professional development, and career progression across a variety of roles and work locations.
  • Enjoy a work-life balance that works for you, with access to flexible work arrangements.
  • Competitive remuneration packages, including up to 15.4% superannuation, and recognition of prior APS government service.
  • A range of healthy lifestyle provisions, including access to a health and wellbeing program.
  • Non-attendance days between Christmas and New Year provided, in addition to annual leave provisions.
  • Generous leave provisions, and flexibility in hours of work.
  • Competitive working away from the office (WAFO) arrangements which allow greater flexibility and balance between work and personal needs with a baseline attendance in the office to be 40% of your time.

Tell me more:

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For more information regarding any of these opportunities contact Alex Meehan: [email protected] – (02) 6279 0629

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