Senior Technical Officer - Liquid Trade Waste and Connections

Job No: TSC991
Location: Tweed Heads

This role will see the incumbent provide leadership, technical support and advice to residential and business customers, consultants, engineers, staff and managers in key areas of expertise.

About the role:

  • Coordinates and supervises the implementation of Council’s Discharge of Liquid Trade Waste to the Sewerage System, Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control Policies through management of Trade Waste and Connections team members.
  • Investigates, reviews, develops and improves policies, standards and procedures to ensure adherence to industry best practice. 

What's on offer:

  • a base salary ranging from $75,686 per annum with competency-based increments up to $89,651 per annum, plus 10.5% super
  • 35 hour week, 9 day fortnight
  • training and development opportunities
  • flexible work options for a healthy work/life balance
  • generous employment conditions (we have too many to list - click here for more).

We are seeking:

  • Certificate IV in Water Operations (Trade Waste) or equivalent qualification
  • Trade Qualification in plumbing with backflow accreditation
  • Leadership experience in a customer focused, technical field
  • Knowledge of NSW Department of Planning and Environment Liquid Trade Waste Management Guidelines 2021
  • knowledge of monitoring, sampling and testing techniques for liquid trade waste discharge quality and quantity.

About us:

  • Located on the picturesque far North Coast of NSW, bordering the Gold Coast.
  • The Tweed is a vibrant, diverse location offering a lifestyle near the water, in a rainforest or on a farm.  
  • Tweed Shire Council is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in both traditional and non-traditional roles.
  • Join an employer of choice. Professionals Australia (Local Government Engineers’ Association) has named Council the 2021 Employer of Choice for our great employment practices within NSW local government. 

Where it's located:

This position is based in Tweed Heads, and can be directed to work from any Council work site.

Position closes: 

Friday 7 October 2022 at 12 noon sharp (NSW time).  Late applications will not be permitted.

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Click here for more information on the Recruitment Process

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Pre-Employment Screening:

Tweed Shire Council conducts pre-employment assessments as part of its recruitment process. 

Job offers are not made until screening has been completed. Tweed Shire Council uses third-party providers to undertake:

  • Pre-employment medical –  some roles require a functional (physical) assessment, and all positions are subject to drug and alcohol screening (a positive test result means the recruitment process ends and your application will not be considered).
  • Background screening - verifies that the information you have provided throughout the recruitment process is true and correct.  Click here for more information.

Reference Checks are undertaken by the panel. Your 2 referees should ideally be your current and most recent supervisors.  Your referees are not contacted unless you’ve been interviewed and are a preferred candidate.


How To Apply:

You must use your own email address, and not one used previously by another person that has applied for a position with council.

Once you start your online application, you cannot save and return to it later. 

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

  1. Have your Resume document ready to go.
  2. Fill out all questions below. Click 'Next'.  For tips on how to address the selection criteria, click here
  3. You'll then be prompted to attach your resume and other documents (if applicable). Click 'Next'.
  4. Review your application to confirm everything is correct. Click 'Confirm' to submit your application.

If you'd like to COPY and PASTE selection criteria fields into a separate Word document to work on over time, please find them listed below:

1. Certificate IV in Water Operations (Trade Waste) or equivalent qualification.
2. Trade Qualification in plumbing with backflow accreditation.
3. Demonstrated experience in leading and supervising a customer focused team in a technical field.
4. Extensive experience in assessing liquid trade waste activities, conducting inspections and managing relationships with liquid trade waste generators.
5. Extensive applied knowledge of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment Liquid Trade Waste Management Guidelines 2021.
6. Extensive applied knowledge of the Plumbing Code of Australia and Australian Standard AS 3500: Part 1.
7. Expert understanding of backflow prevention principles and relevant legislative requirements.
8. Extensive applied knowledge of liquid trade waste activities and wastewater pre-treatment processes.
9. Demonstrated working knowledge of monitoring, sampling and testing techniques as applied to liquid trade waste discharge quality and quantity.
10. Demonstrated high level verbal and written communication skills.
11. Demonstrated ability to provide efficient and high quality customer service and develop effective customer relationships.
12. Demonstrated ability to prepare emails, letters, reports and spreadsheets using Microsoft Office suite programs in a work environment.
13. Current Vehicle License - Car.

14. Knowledge of the Tweed Shire Council local government area and its key liquid trade waste activities.
15. Demonstrated understanding of water efficiency and water loss management principles.






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