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Flood Risk Management Specialist, 2 – 7 years’ experience

Our company

If you are passionate about floodplain management and want to make a genuine difference then WMA Water might be the right place for your next career move!  We don’t just work on some of the most interesting projects around, we also help develop the policy frameworks that drive innovation and progress across many of Australia’s jurisdictions.  

WMA Water is a national leader in floodplain management, flood estimation and modelling.  We work for a wide range of clients across government, floodplain management authorities, and water infrastructure owners.  At WMA Water, you will get the opportunity to work directly with industry leaders and shape the water industry in Australia.  

We operate across four offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Geelong and Hobart. All offices are centrally located, making your commute to work easy and providing plenty of services nearby.  We have COVID-19 work-from-home policies in place and state-based safe return to work strategies, allowing us to adapt to the changing circumstances effectively and efficiently. 

We are vibrant, diverse consultancy which is entirely employee owned. We are committed to equal opportunity and diversity, and exceed all industry measures on gender equity.  Our work culture is guided by our values of:

  • Fairness and equity
  • Trust and accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Industry leading
  • Client focus
  • Valuing our people

We understand that the key to our success are our people and culture, we are therefore looking for a candidate who aligns with these values. 

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What we offer you

We currently have an opportunity for a flood risk management specialist with two to seven years’ experience, based in either our Sydney or Brisbane offices.

In this role you would have the opportunity to apply your foundation knowledge of hydrology and hydraulics to innovative projects in flood risk management, policy development and strategic thinking, research and development, and ultimately work towards building more disaster resilient communities.

Exciting projects that our flood risk specialist team have recently work on include:

  • Technical oversight in the delivery of the Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Study, and implementation of 12 actions on behalf of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, including lead author of two new Queensland policy documents.
  • Expert advice to state government agencies on topics ranging from early warning systems, risk-based land use planning, and flood damage assessment.
  • Supporting a substantial number of Councils in undertaking flood risk management studies and plans across Queensland and NSW, since completing the first floodplain risk management study under the NSW Flood Program in 1983.
  • Continued involvement in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley investigations, including the Warragamba Dam upgrade.

Opportunities for the successful applicant include:

  • Undertake a range of significant flood risk management projects ranging from R&D of new concepts, developing policy, implementing strategies and plans, and developing risk-aligned management solutions,
  • Peer review and expert review of key state government projects,
  • Community consultation with flood affected residents,
  • Work as part of a dynamic team to develop and apply innovative solutions with the aim of delivering high quality solutions to our clients. 
  • Possible travel across the state and country for projects or conferences,
  • Regular in-house training and mentoring by industry leaders, developing and enhancing your fields of expertise, setting you up for a successful career,
  • Opportunities to shape and drive your career in the fields that interest you the most,
  • Future opportunities for delivery and accountability of projects, management and mentoring of staff, and a possibility of owning a share of the company in the future,
  • Study assistance and flexible working arrangements,
  • Support for attending CPD events and attaining chartered status and RPEQ,
  • A range of social activities to maintain our inclusive and supportive culture.


Your skills and experience

The position would suit a Civil/Environmental Engineer, Environmental Scientist or other related discipline with some experience in the water industry and a strong interest in flood risk management.

To be successful, applicants need to address the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Science, or other relevant area of study.
  • Foundational experience in hydrology and/or hydraulic modelling.
  • A genuine interest in disaster resilience, strategic thinking and risk management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a project team.
  • Problem solving skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


How to apply

Written applications addressing the above criteria, along with a full CV and qualifications should be submitted to  

Applications close mid-December, 2023. Applications will be assessed as soon as received and interviews arranged with suitable candidates.

Applications will not be accepted from Recruitment Agencies. You must have the right to work in this location to apply for this job.