Project Officer – Healthy Rivers to Reef

Position Vacant


Title: Project Officer – Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership
Tenure: Full-time
Base Salary: $55,000 to $85,000
Location: Mackay or Proserpine
Reports to: Executive Officer – Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership


About the Partnership
We formed in 2014 in recognition of the impact of collective action. The Partnership is a collaboration between the community, Traditional Owners, farmers and fishers, industry, science, tourism, and government. The Partnership aims to provide a complete picture of our region’s waterway condition and advocate for improved waterway health.

As a Partnership, we have identified the following objectives to drive our program:

  • Engaged partners that collaborate on innovative ideas and actions to improve waterway health
  • Advocate for investment to increase our understanding of waterway conditions to prioritise and inform decision making
  • Identify, collate, integrate and analyse existing data from waterway monitoring programs and translate it into understandable messages and stories for the public
  • Celebrate and inspire actions that improve waterway health.


About the role

The Project Officer is primarily responsible for the management of numerous waterway-related projects that contribute to the annual Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac (MWI) Report Card. The Project Officer will work closely with the Technical Officer to ensure the coordination of all technical and project-related activities of the Partnership and will assist the communications Officer in planning and delivering community engagement activities. Some overnight travel (within Queensland) will be required as part of this role.

The role
Join a dynamic and versatile team to lead the design, development and implementation Water and Quality Improvement initiatives within the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with partners and stakeholders in developing, coordinating, and reporting on waterways management issues across the region.

This is a highly varied and fast-paced role, requiring an energetic multi-tasker with the ability to coordinate activities and outcomes across Water & Quality Improvement project areas simultaneously. Prior experience in an NRM; streambank remediation works; scientific or government-based role will be highly regarded. We are looking for a team player with a positive and engaging personality.

In return, we offer a flexible and positive work environment, with excellent conditions, and an opportunity to enhance and build your skills in multiple areas.

Key responsibilities for the position

  • Project management (60%)
    • Manage projects that contribute to data used to create the annual Report Card, including project budgets and milestone reports.
    • Assist the Executive Officer to develop scopes of work and contracts for external service providers on behalf of the Partnership, where required.
    • Assist with developing agendas and taking minutes for Partnership, Management Committee, and other meetings as required.
  • Providing technical support (25%)
    • Assist the Technical and Communications Officer in developing, collating, synthesising and disseminating technical and scientific information that contributes to the annual Report Card and other Partnership projects.
    • Work closely with the Partnership’s Technical Working Group and the Reef Plan Independent Science Panel to ensure scientific validity of the reporting framework.
  • Community engagement (15%)
    • Assist in communicating the program and its outcomes to technical and non-technical audiences, as per the Partnership’s communication and engagement strategy.
    • Assist in the coordination and delivery of community engagement activities (e.g., presentations, events, volunteer activities, etc.).


About you

  • You are able to work harmoniously in a team environment and autonomously.
  • You possess strong communication skills, with the ability to translate technical information into more understandable information through different formats (e.g., data visualisation, media, presentations, etc.).
  • You are organised and able to prioritise competing tasks given tight deadlines.
  • You enjoy cultivating and maintaining relationships


Selection Criteria

Essential Requirements

  • Demonstrated project management skills and experience, including managing project budgets.
  • Experience in and/or knowledge relating to waterway ecosystems (e.g., water quality, aquatic/marine ecology, hydrology, etc.) and scientific data analysis and reporting
  • Strong technical report writing skills.
  • Demonstrated experience utilising a range of communication tools (i.e., written and verbal) and conveying complex technical information to different stakeholder groups
  • Demonstrated initiative, problem-solving ability, and ability to multitask under tight deadlines


  • Data analysis expertise (e.g., R, Tableau, Python, Power BI, etc.) and/or scientific data management
  • Experience in applying State and/or Commonwealth water quality guidelines (preference will be given to application of regional water quality guidelines).
  • Experience and/or knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
    • Freshwater/estuarine/marine fish ecology.
    • Urban water quality guidelines, including urban stormwater management and/or erosion and sediment control.
    • Aquatic/marine citizen science research.
    • Indigenous cultural work, particularly in the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac region.
    • Human/social dimensions as it relates to ecology.
    • Knowledge of flow dynamics and hydrological methods for freshwater systems.
    • Working knowledge of the waterways of the Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Region (NB this role is primarily office-based).

Work Environment

The Partnership is hosted by Reef Catchments Limited, the natural resource management (NRM) organisation in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region.

Reef Catchments has a hybrid working from home policy that allows up to 40% of contract hours to be performed from home and set in-office team days. Other arrangements can be discussed.

To apply:

Please submit your application (resume and cover letter) outlining your suitability to the position based on the selection criteria via email by close of business, Monday 6th February 2023.

For further information please contact Human Resources: (07) 4968 4200 or