What they do
Water inspectors monitor the allocation and use of water resources such as streams, rivers, and underground water throughout Western Australia. This includes water for drinking, industry, mining, agriculture, and urban development. Water inspectors are involved in the development of water allocation plans to protect the ecosystems that depend on water resources, such as wetlands and rivers. They also regulate water licensing and permits in Western Australia, facilitate investigations to monitor compliance, identify future supply options, and play a role in managing water and land use planning.
Water inspectors primarily work for government departments, but can also work in the private sector.
They usually work in an office environment, and may also be required to undertake fieldwork. They may consult with members of the community, conduct site inspections, and travel to rural areas of Western Australia to monitor local water usage and requirements.
Tools and technologies
Water inspectors use computers to perform many of their tasks, such as receiving and assessing online applications for licences and permits. They may use geographic information systems to monitor and analyse geographical data, as well as aerial imagery to monitor that water is only used for authorised purposes. During site inspections, water inspectors may be required to wear safety gear such as safety footwear and high visibility clothing.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a water inspector, you usually need to undertake a water industry operator (level 3 or level 4) traineeship or water industry treatment (level 3 or level 4) traineeship. The traineeships usually take 24 months to complete.
Entry into this profession may also be improved by obtaining a university qualification in environmental science, natural resource management or a related area.
Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer, enabling you to complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. You spend time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider.
You can do an apprenticeship or traineeship if you are a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult or mature-aged person wishing to change careers. You can even begin your apprenticeship or traineeship while you're still at school.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.