Co-ordinator - Treatment (Water Business Unit) READVERTISED POSITION

Job No: GRC391
Location: Gympie, Queensland

Gympie is at the heart of a rapidly expanding region which stretches from rural valleys in the west to the Cooloola Coast, gateway to spectacular Fraser Island. Enjoy the rural delights of the picturesque Mary Valley, the history of Gympie and the broad western area, home to country festivals and a strong agricultural base. For someone seeking a high quality of life, the region offers a unique opportunity.  You could be part of a forward thinking local government organisation with a commitment to continuously improving the services it provides to its 50,000 residents, in one of the most diverse locations in Queensland.

The regional centre of Gympie is central to the Gympie region, two hours north of Brisbane and in close proximity to the Sunshine and Fraser coasts. Council offices are located in Gympie's town centre close to shopping, cafes and parking.

Gympie Regional Council's Water Business Unit

Gympie Regional Council provides water and sewerage services to over 30,000 residents, and has recently embarked on a major reform program to implement and develop a contemporary customer focussed water business unit. As such, unique and exciting opportunities exist for the experienced water business professional with a proven track record in the industry to lead the process and guide the goals and functions of this Council driven enterprise from its inception to new heights.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a modern water and sewerage business which is customer focused and underpinned by strong and sustainable business principles.



Co-ordinator - Treatment (Water Business Unit) - READVERTISED POSITION


Remuneration:   Salary range between $90,297 and $95,861 per annum and 13% superannuation plus commuter use of a Council vehicle.

Closing Date:   Sunday 24 June 2018 at 5.00pm AEST

No late applications will be accepted.  Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered. Unsolicited applications from agencies will not be considered. 


Role Overview

This position, whilst responsible to the Manager Operations and Maintenance - Water Business Unit, will play a pivotal role in delivering the Water Business Units objective to deliver safe, reliable drinking water and remove and treat sewage for our domestic and commercial customers to ensure we meet both our commitment to our customers and our compliance objectives and legislative requirements.

What we are looking for

Council is seeking a suitably qualified candidate with significant water industry management experience, including the ability to lead and motivate skilled treatment plant operators by maintaining high level customer service standards across Council's vast water and sewerage infrastructure network. 

As the Co-ordinator Treatment - Water Business Unit, you will be directly responsible for tasks such as: 

  • Supervising and co-ordinating the day-to-day operational functions and staff activities at GRC’s water, sewage and recycled water treatment plants.
  • Provide leadership, support and advice to Operators in the performance of their day-to-day functions (e.g. plant troubleshooting).
  • Monitor and report on the performance of GRC’s treatment plants and bio-solids programs for compliance with relevant legislative requirements.
  • Implement and maintain the DWQMP, REMP, IMP and other regulatory required documents relevant to the source waters, treatment, collection and disposal of the water cycle.
  • Develop, implement and optimise the introduction of OCP and CCPs to monitor parameters and escalate deviations that may lead to compliance breaches.
  • Provide specialist professional, scientific and engineering technical advice on performance testing and operation of water and sewage treatment and recycled water treatment processes and technologies. 
  • Co-ordinate routine, regulatory, reactive and specific testing, monitoring and other programs as required.
  • Prepare, implement and update manuals, guidelines, procedures, policies, risk management principles and other best-practice management methods.
  • Customer complaints management.
  • Safety, quality and environment system implementation
  • Asset condition assessments
  • Contract management.


To be considered for this role, you must have:

  • A relevant Tertiary Engineering qualification in Process Engineering such as Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or other relevant field with significant water industry management experience.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with planning, design, operation and maintenance of water and sewage treatment processes and technologies.
  • Highly developed investigative, analytical and research skills, with the ability to prepare written reports on process improvements.
  • Demonstrated experience at Local Government management level or management experience in a similar role with proven ability to lead, motivate and manage staff and a sound knowledge of contemporary human resource practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of the reporting requirements for a regulated water business.
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively developing and maintaining strategic relationships and effectively communicating with internal and external stakeholders, including all levels of local and state government, industry regulators, community, customers, elected representatives and contractors.
  • Experience in successful interacting with customers, unions and industry regulators over time.
  • Well developed computing skills commensurate to the position, including the use of SCADA systems.
  • Highly developed written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, with the proven ability to produce well documented reports.


Desirable for this role will be:

  • Knowledge of the role of Local Government and the Australian Water Industry.
  • Certificate III/IV in Water and Waste Water Operations.

Special Requirements of this role will be:

  • The requirement and ability to respond to after hours emergency works or incident management and participate in an on-call roster.


Position Description

For a full position description containing essential and desirable criteria, please click here.

Who to Contact

For information regarding the requirements of this role, please contact the Manager Operations and Maintenance - Water Business Unit, Michael Doherty on Ph: 5481 0790 or email

For assistance lodging your application using Council's online system, please contact Council's Advisor - Human Resources, Mrs Ros McVicar on 07-5481 0646 or email


What we offer?

  • Nine day fortnight
  • Access to employee health and well-being programs
  • Fitness Passport: work out at over 25 local gyms for you and your family at a subsidised rate
  • Access to professional development and employee education assistance
  • Long service leave after seven years
  • Generous superannuation scheme 13 per cent
  • Access to salary sacrificing
  • Employee assistance program offering free confidential counselling services for employees and their families.

Our Values

  • Accountable
  • Consistent
  • Appreciative
  • Communicative
  • Respectful

For a full explanation of our values please click here. You will be assessed on your understanding of these values and how you have applied values such as these in your previous employment.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake various checks such as skills, qualifications, reference, medical and national police.


How to apply

Keen to apply? Simply follow the instructions below:

1) Download and review the position description above
2) Complete the information below, as requested (please use an individualised email address as using another person's may effect your application, if you do not have one please follow this link to create a Gmail account)
3) Click 'APPLY'
4) Attach your resume, covering letter and a single document containing copies of your qualifications, licences or tickets as applicable.
5) Click 'NEXT' and 'CONFIRM'

Please note before continuing: It is advisable that you prepare your responses in a separate word or text document, saving your work as you go and that you then copy and paste this prepared information in the form before completing the application process. Please keep your responses to a maximum 300 words for each question.


Applications close  on Sunday 24 June 2018 at 5.00pm AEST. No late applications will be accepted. Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered.

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