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Hydraulics Specialist with Coding background

About our team

Do you want to work for a national leader in water engineering, then WMAwater is the home for you. Do you want to work on more complex projects and be challenged at work? Are you solutions driven? We are too! We provide innovative and sustainable solutions for our clients’ water and flood management needs. Due to recently being awarded a number of nationally significant projects, we are looking for an expert hydraulic modeller with a strong coding background.   We need a strong coder to join our special projects team to help deliver several one-off projects. This includes online client data portals, analysing large datasets and industry tools like the ARR datahub.  If you’re ready to make a change and are looking for your next big challenge, why not join our team.

WMAwater is a dynamic water engineering consultancy working for a wide range of clients across government, floodplain management authorities, and water infrastructure owners.  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. Our work culture is guided by our values of:

  • Fairness and equity
  • Trust and accountability
  • Team work
  • 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. Visit to find out more about us.

What would you work on

We currently have an opportunity for a highly skilled Tuflow modeller with coding skills. The position is ideally located in Sydney, but we are flexible, and are open to candidates in any of our offices.  We offer flexible working arrangements to suit your lifestyle.

At WMAwater we aim to work smarter not harder. We have new and ongoing projects that use Python, “R” and FORTRAN to facilitate result processing.  

In this role you would have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to cutting edge projects including flood modelling, linear infrastructure design, dam investigations, and advice on industry modelling.  Exciting projects that our team have recently worked on include:

  • Warragamba dam raising investigations
  • Update to Australian Rainfall and Runoff
  • Flood modelling for the longest bridge in Australia
  • Review of flood modelling for large infrastructure projects – Woolgoolga to Ballina and Inland Rail
  • Developing the largest flood model in Australia- the whole of Tasmania
  • Multi agency client data portal

and we have a number of major confidential projects in the pipeline.

What we offer you

Opportunities for the successful applicant include:

  • Undertake a range of nationally significant flooding related projects including hydrology and numerical flood modelling
  • Work as part of a dynamic team to develop and apply innovative solutions with the aim of delivering high quality solutions to our clients. This includes contributing to in house and external software projects
  • Work on research that will drive future practice
  • Possible travel across the state and country for projects or conferences
  • Regular in-house training and mentoring by industry leaders, developing and enhancing your knowledge setting you up for a successful career
  • A competitive salary that recognises your skills and experience
  • Be part of a team that wholly owns the company which drives pride and accountability for the work we undertake
  • 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 with Engineers Australia
  • A range of social activities (drinks, weekly morning tea) to maintain our inclusive and supportive culture

WMAwater recently launched our future leaders program. This program is designed to give you the skills to smoothly transition to senior management.

Your skills and experience

The position would suit a Civil/Environmental Engineer, or other related discipline with 3-7 years experience in the water industry and coding. Skills in coding or statistical assessment and consulting experience would be highly regarded.

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

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Science, or other relevant area of study.
  • Experience in hydraulic modelling, hydrology and/or floodplain management
  • Experience in Python or R
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a project team
  • Problem solving skills with a high attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Additional qualifications, attributes and skill sets that are highly desirable include:

  • Experience and strong interest in hydraulics
  • Previous experience or knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic modelling software (WBNM, RORB, URBS, TUFLOW, Infoworks ICM)
  • Experience with ARR 2019
  • GIS capability (ArcGIS, MapInfo or QGIS)

Like what you see….how do you apply?

Written applications addressing the above criteria, along with a full CV and qualifications should be submitted to Applications will also be considered from less experienced individuals and pay will be accordance with relevant experience. 

We have a Covid-19 work from home policy in place and are planning our safe return to work strategy. The transition to work from home has been very efficient for our staff. 

Applicants must have the right to work in this location to apply for this job. Applications will not be accepted from Recruitment Agencies. Applications close on 31st May 2021. Applications will be assessed as soon as received and interviews arranged with suitable candidates.