Scheme Operator (Relief)

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Position Description

Scheme Operator (Relief)

Full time - Based in Deloraine


Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd (TI) is the State-owned Company responsible for operating and developing irrigation schemes funded through public / private partnerships.

Since Tasmanian Irrigation was established in 2008, the Company has taken over management of a range of inherited assets, including dams, irrigation schemes and river works, constructed 16 new irrigation projects, including two power stations and advanced planning on a further six projects.

Tasmanian Irrigation now oversees 26,000 individual infrastructure assets with a replacement value of approximately $500 million across 19 operational schemes and has the capacity to deliver more than 133,000 megalitres of irrigation water each year.

By 2030, Tasmanian Irrigation expects to manage a portfolio of irrigation infrastructure valued at more than $900 million, capable of delivering 236,000 megalitres of water via 1,786km of pipeline, 49 pump stations, 15 dams and three power stations.

All schemes developed and operated by Tasmanian Irrigation are economically viable, environmentally sustainable, have strong community endorsement, are designed to last at least 100 years and deliver water at an average reliability of more than 95 per cent per annum.


TI is seeking a Scheme Operator to manage, operate and maintain the Lower South Easts Irrigation Scheme along with providing relief to our schemes in the North, North West and North East of the state as required.

The Scheme Operator is required to:

  • Monitor, control and maintain irrigation distribution in accordance with the trading rules and contractual obligations with irrigators.
  • Inspect, maintain and clean scheme infrastructure in accordance with operation manuals.
  • Maintain scheme budgets and assist in budget development for future years.
  • Undertake and document meter reads, dam safety activities and environmental compliance monitoring.
  • Capture data and provide accurate timely reports as required.
  • Work collaboratively with all irrigators and TI team members.
  • Be physically fit for an active outdoor role.


The ideal applicant will have a good understanding of the agriculture industry along with excellent communication, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. You will need strong technological skills, with experience across a range of computer applications, along with the drive and initiative to work independently. A driver’s licence and a trade background is essential and previous experience in the water/irrigation industry will be highly regarded.


You will have the opportunity to influence the organisation’s future growth which will make a visible impact right across Tasmania. With a positive and high-performance culture, you will be part of an organisation that will value you and support your future development.

Some of the benefits our people enjoy include:

  • Competitive remuneration package;
  • Diverse range of equipment and work locations;
  • Gym membership discounts;
  • Private health corporate discounts;
  • Flexible working arrangements (will vary depending upon the role);
  • Free car parking at Launceston Airport (head office location) 365 days per year for both business and personal use;
  • Health and Wellbeing Program
  • Tailored personal and professional development opportunities; and
  • Employee Assistance Program access.


All interested applicants that meet the qualification and experience requirements as outlined in the position description are encouraged to apply via the Seek platform only.

Please ensure your cover letter includes:

  • Why you are interested in this position;
  • What relevant experience and qualifications you have; and
  • Why you think you’d be great for this role.

To obtain the position description for this role, visit the Career Opportunities page on TI’s website or if you have any questions relating to the above position you can email

Please note that applications will be reviewed as received.