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Flood And Drainage Engineer

Job No: BYR690
Location: Mullumbimby, NSW

Byron Shire Council is focused on partnering with our community and offers pristine beaches, diverse lifestyles, a magnificent natural environment and a subtropical climate. 

Byron Shire Council has a high performance, collaborative culture and we value our employees.

As a employee you would partner with an organisation that is taking steps in all areas to reduce our carbon emissions and be an innovative and sustainable council.

We provide a rewarding and flexible working environment and celebrate our values of:

  • We lead with enthusiasm and purpose
  • We are open, honest and respectful
  • We foster well-being and creativity
  • We achieve our goals and succeed together

We are looking for:

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity then this may be the role for you.  We have passion and enthusiasm and are looking for like-minded people to join us on our journey. 

Byron Shire Council is currently seeking an enthusiastic Flood and Drainage Engineer.  The position plays a key role in delivering a high level of engineering technical services in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of drainage infrastructure for the Works Team and the Infrastructure Services Directorate. Whilst coordinating and providing technical support for the functions of Floodplain Management, including operation of Council’s Flood Warning Network, running of Council Floodplain Management Committees and flooding advice to the Sustainable Environment and Economy directorate

The successful candidate will meet all the criteria set out in the Position Description for the role and importantly will have demonstrated ability to coordinate and provide technical support for the functions of Floodplain Management.

 Some specific tasks include but are not limited to:

·          Support Utilities staff with their preparation and operation urban drainage maintenance programs, including preparation of annual drainage system performance report.

·      Support Works operations staff with their preparation and operation rural drainage maintenance programs.

·      Preparation and operation of urban and rural drainage capital renewal program, including; preparation of business cases, estimated project costs and expenditure under Council’s Stormwater Levy budget.

·      Support Manager Utilities with membership of Belongil Creek Drainage Union, including attending board meetings as required.

·      Support Assets Coordinator with operation of Council’s asset management systems.

·      Provide management with strategic direction for drainage upgrade planning and section 64 plan development.

·      Provide technical advice and directions to Infrastructure Services directorate for construction of capital projects as they relate to drainage design and capacity.

·       Preparation of effective and comprehensive flood studies, floodplain management studies and floodplain management plans in accordance with the NSW Floodplain Development Manual.

·       Coordinate the operation and maintenance of Council’s Flood Warning Network and Disaster Dashboard, including supporting Local Emergency Management Officer and SES prior to, during and post disaster operations.

·       Analyse and stay up to date on predicted climate change impacts on flooding. • Develop and undertake flood awareness and community education in relation to floodplain management.

·       Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of flood behaviour and existing flood hazards within relevant catchment.

·       Liaise with Development Engineers in regards to development related drainage and flooding issues of a strategic nature, including assessment of re zoning applications.

·        Develop and provide effective communication to management, Council and the community on floodplain management strategies and project progress.

·        Support Coastal & Biodiversity Coordinator with strategic direction in the management of Intermittently Closed or Open Lakes and Lagoons, as it relates to flooding.

·        Support Works Operations Coordinator with operational management of Intermittently Closed or Open Lakes and Lagoons, as it relates to flooding.

·       Investigate, design and supervise drainage capital renewal or upgrade construction projects from inception to completion in accordance with capital renewal program, ensuring high quality outcomes in accordance with requirements and budget

 Enjoy our Employee Benefits 

This opportunity offers:

  • A permanent full time position
  • Flexible working arrangements, work from home option up to 2 days per week post onboarding can be negotiated
  • Salary and Conditions will be in accordance with the NSW Local Government (State) Award with an appointment at a salary in the range of $1,668.30 to $2,083.25 per 35 hour week (dependent upon skills and experience)
  • Brightness of future
  • Security

Other benefits include:

  • 10.5% superannuation 
  • Annual salary reviews and increases based on award conditions (Annual Salary increase due 8 July 2023)
  • Access to Long Service Leave from 5 years service
  • Education and training support
  • Flexible work hours
  • Attractive salary packaging scheme.
  • Employee Assistance Program (4 sessions per year)
  • Fitness Passport
  • Health and Wellbeing days
  • Car lease includes full private use 
  • Opportunity to work with a supported, experienced and committed team 


This position is based at Mullumbimby, however Council can require you to work from other work sites as required for operational reasons.


James Flockton - Infrastructure Planning Coordinator - 0266267158

Closing date:

10pm (NSW time), Sunday 28 May 2023.  Late applications will not be permitted.

Position Description:

Click here to view the position description.

We believe in diversity, inclusion and equality and are committed to ensuring that our workplaces are a reflection of our community. We recognise the benefits that diversity and inclusion brings, and in turn encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply for our vacancies.

We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements and encourage our people to explore new ways of working – including part-time, job-share or working from different locations. Everyone can ask about it.

We strongly encourage applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace. If you need an adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed above, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication. 

Pre-Employment Screening Process:

  • Reference Checks: Referees will preferably be your current or most recent supervisor and must be able to comment directly on your abilities in a work situation. If you have any objection to this action, your concerns should be raised in your application and be discussed with the Selection Panel.
  • Functional Health Assessment: If applicable, the functional health assessment evaluates your physical and functional capacity against the physical demands necessary to safely perform the job for which you have applied. 
  • Background Screening: Background checks verify the information you have provided in your application, and where applicable, also check for relevant criminal history. Checks may also include, for example, a confirmation of your employment history, qualifications/tickets and working with children clearance.


Please note: Once you start your online application you cannot save and return to it later.  You must use your own email address and not one used previously by another person that has applied for a position with Council.

Being mindful of diversity and inclusion we have provided 2 options to apply for the position.

Option 1 - Written Application

You may wish to prepare your responses in a Word document, and then COPY and PASTE into the fields below.  

Step 1: Fill out our online application form below. Once you have completed all the questions, click 'Next'

Step 2: Attach your resume/CV and a cover letter (optional). Once you have attached your document/s click 'Next'.

Step 3: Please review your application and confirm everything is correct. Click 'Confirm' to send your completed application.

 You will receive an email to confirm your application has been received. 

Option 2 - Audio File Application

Step 1: Scroll down and review the Questions that you are required to answer. 

Step 2: Record an audio file of your responses and save the file (the file must be in an MP3 format and less than 50MB). Please note that all questions with a drop box or a check box as well as the reference checks details can not be answered via audio file and must be completed below.

Step 3: Fill out the Personal Details section and the questions that can not be completed by audio file on the application form below. For all of the Questions where you are responding via audio file, type the response “audio file”.  Once you have completed all the questions, click 'Next'

Step 4: Attach your resume/CV, a cover letter (optional) and your audio file.  Once you have attached your documents click 'Next'.

Step 5: Please review your application and confirm everything is correct. Click 'Confirm' to send your completed application.

You will receive an email to confirm your application has been received. 

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