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Water And Sewerage Technical Officer

Winton Shire Council - Winton, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Full Job Description
Position Number: WU10239
Department: Works and Utilities
Location: Winton Shire Council
Classification Level: Level 5-6 Qld Local Government Industry

(Stream A) Award 2017 and Winton Shire
Council EBA 2019

Terms of Employment: Permanent Full-Time
Supporting Documents: Employee Code of Conduct

Staff Induction Booklet

Winton Shire Councils Mission Statement is:
‘To lead and work in partnership with the community to improve our lifestyle whilst
preserving our heritage.

Winton Shire Councils Vision is:
“Winton Legendary Safe Scenic”

Winton Shire Council Corporate Values
The ethical concept associated with responsibility, enforcement, blameworthiness,
transparent process, liability and other terms associated with being answerable for the
trust that is bestowed by those whom we serve.

The idea of carrying out a program or process that is entirely adequate to accomplish the
purpose that has been identified as a goal or aspiration.

The concept that in the process of pursuing or effecting any program, procedures or task
where all wastage is minimised.

Is the capacity to maintain a certain process or state indefinitely? When applied in an
economic context, a business is sustainable if it has accepted its practices for the use of
renewable resources and is accountable for the environmental impact of its activities.

Meaningful Community Engagement
Encompasses the principle of seeking the views and opinions of the Community. This is
to be through an effective committee system and public consultation process as part of
Council’s decision making methodology.

Good Governance
This describes the process of decision-making and the process by which decisions are
implemented (or not implemented), hereby, public institutions conduct public affairs,
manage public resources and guarantee the realisation of human rights. Good
governance accomplishes this in a manner essentially free of abuse and corruption and
with due regard for the rule of law.

Ethical and Legal Behaviour
Ethical behaviour is characterised by honesty, fairness, and equity in all interpersonal
relationships. Ethical behaviour respects the dignity, diversity and rights of individuals and
groups of people. When coupled with legal behaviours there is an expectation that there
will be a penalty for conduct that breaches any law statute or regulation.

Reports to: Director of Works
Supervision of: Nil
Internal Liaisons: Water Supply and Sewerage Management,

Council Staff and Council Departments as

External Liaisons: Winton Shire Community at large
The position of Water and Sewerage Officer is to provide technical support, assistance
and advice in relation to Councils water and sewer operations to ensure the provision of
quality water and sewer services in accordance with the water and sewerage business
plan. The role also provides technical advice to other areas of Council in conjunction with
the water and sewerage manager.
All Local Government employees are required to comply with relevant Acts and
regulations, Council’s policies and procedures as amended from time to time.

All Council documents and information are treated with complete confidentiality.
Information gained during employment with Local Government must not be used to gain
advantage, or to cause detriment to the Local Government.

All employees are encouraged to embrace the concept of Continuous Quality
Improvement (CQI) within the workplace. This will encourage creativity and innovation
and identify and implement improved ways of doing things through this structured process.

All employees have a duty under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 Section 28.

While at work all Winton Shire Council workers must:
Take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and
Take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the

health and safety of other persons; and

Comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction
that is given by the person conducting the business or undertaking to allow the
person to comply with this Act; and

Co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the person conducting the
business or undertaking relating to health or safety at the workplace that has been
notified to workers


Certificate IV or Diploma in Water Operation (or working towards the same or
equivalent qualifications)

General Safety Induction (White Card)
Ability to operate a motor vehicle under a C class licence.


First Aid Certificates
Tertiary qualification in a relevant water/sewerage discipline.

The following requirements and working conditions apply

The Council Employee Code of Conduct applies to this position;
Travel within the shire area will be required for this position; and
Ability to work outside of normal hours if required.

The Water & Sewerage Technical Officer position is a ‘hands on’ role within the Water &
Sewerage Department.

The key responsibilities of the position are:
Manage the delivery of the business plan
Deliver and sustain appropriate levels of customer service standards including

compliance reporting
Maintain contemporary management systems and plans for water and sewerage.
Technical oversight of water testing and chemistry for the Council recreational

  • Including monitoring daily/weekly pool operations (bather load vs chlorine used
for example)
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre water treatment plant, HVAC system, CO2 detection, fire
detection, grease traps etc.

Ensure water link spin tests are carried out, monitor and report to Council.
Technical oversight of the Neptune filtration system - ensuring cleaning and

replacement filters are done in a timely manner and organise annual maintenance
of the entire system.

Carry out microbial analysis and report
Assist with technical requirements of SWIM
Assist in periodical maintenance ofg water treatment plant
Run SCADA - particular data capture and analysis.
Implement programs for inspection/testing of electrical and pump systems
Assist plumbers in technical requirements
Organise inspections of the water tower and periodic cleaning in conjunction with

appropriate staff.
Be across day to day operational requirements
Monitor and report SCADA

Arrange annual (or more frequent) maintenance of the facility
Assist with preparation of risk assessments and carry out tool box talks with staff
Ensure a high standard of service is provided in all dealings with management,

staff and customers.
Participate in project meetings and provide specialist advice.
Other duties appropriate to the role and directed by the supervisor.

The applicant’s suitability for this role will be assessed against the following competencies
SC1 Demonstrated ability and experience in all facets of the water and sewerage
operations and be fully conversant in the requirements of legislation and standards.

SC2 Proven ability to assess plumbing and drainage applications and to conduct
inspections and investigations on a community level and produce effective outcomes
within the parameters of relevant legislation local laws and council policies.

SC3 Extensive sampling and testing experience within the water/waste water industry and
the ability to record accurately on computer programs if relevant.

SC4 Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team environment, establish work
priorities and meet deadlines including a sound understanding and commitment to Equal
Opportunity and Workplace Health and Safety Principles.

SC5 Well developed communication skills, both written and verbal with a proven ability to
communicate effectively and tactfully in sometimes very sensitive situations.

The selected applicant may be required to undertake a pre-employment medical
assessment to prove that they are medically fit to carry out the duties and
responsibilities of the position.

The selected applicant may be subject to a criminal background check by Council.

This position will be subject to a minimum probationary period of three (3) months.
The applicant’s employment will undergo a review at the end of the probationary
period and a recommendation will be made to the Chief Executive Officer
regarding permanent employment in the position.

This is a description of the job as it is at present constituted. It is the practice of
Winton Shire Council, periodically to examine employees’ job descriptions and to
update them to ensure that they relate to the job as then being performed, or to
incorporate whatever changes are being proposed. This procedure is jointly
conducted by each Director in consultation with those reporting directly to him or
her. You will, therefore, be expected to participate fully in such discussions. It is
Winton Shire Council’s aim to reach agreement to reasonable changes where

Whilst employment is in the position described in this document it is understood that
employment is with Winton Shire Council. In the event of organisational change or
restructure, Council may require employees to undertake other roles for which they are
qualified and capable of performing.

Candidates should lodge their applications in accordance with the directions outlined in “How to Apply for the
Position” below.

Shortlisting and Interviews
The Shortlisting of all applicants will be undertaken by the Selection Panel shortly after the closing date. Late
applications may be accepted at the discretion of the Selection panel. Interviews may be conducted face to
face, or via video-conferencing or tele-conferencing, depending on the location of candidates and the
technology available at the time.


We invite you to lodge a formal application including:
a CV; and
a cover letter and
Addressed Selection Criteria (SECTION 9 of the Position Description)

Please forward your application to: jobs@winton.qld.gov.au

Applications Close at 5pm Friday 7th May

For further information in relation to this position please contact the Director of Works at Winton Shire Council, on 07
4657 2666 in relation to the recruitment process.