Job Description

Join us in this Hydrographic Survey Manager role, where you’ll lead a team contributing to the safe navigation of all the commercial vessels that transit the 90kms of channels, river reaches and berths in and out of the Port of Brisbane.

Our team manages the installation, calibration and maintenance of all hydrographic and metocean equipment on the Port’s dedicated survey vessels, in addition to providing technical support to the Port’s dredging fleet. They’re also actively involved in supporting external clients, on a range of challenging projects, mainly along the Queensland coast.

An important job, a powerful purpose.

The Port of Brisbane is a cornerstone of the Queensland economy. As the company entrusted to maintain and develop the Port and its operations, we play a vital and diverse role. And so will you. 

As the Survey Manager, you’ll:

  • Deliver strategic objectives, including continuous improvement of systems and operating standards
  • Oversee all survey activities, ensuring the highest health and safety standards, and optimisation of planning and resourcing
  • Lead internal and external survey projects, ensuring data is obtained on time, at optimal cost and is of a high quality
  • Liaise with stakeholders on all aspects of survey planning, survey, data collection and processing
  • Build a culture of innovation within the team, encouraging an improvement mindset and championing improvements including improving survey operations, equipment performance and software developments.
  • Actively develop your team through coaching and providing development opportunities, including promoting the pathway to hydrographic certification.
  • Identify and optimise external revenue opportunities
  • Build strong relationships with internal and external clients and regulators, ensuring deliverables meet expectations
  • Ensure project brief/debriefs are completed by Project Hydrographic Surveyors
  • Monitor relevant standards relating to hydrographic surveying and driving continuous improvement

Carry out promotional presentations to internal and external clients

About You

About you, you will:

  • Be a certified Level 1 Hydrographic Surveyor, holding a degree in surveying (or similar)
  • Have experience in the leadership and management of survey project teams
  • Have experience in managing survey data
  • Be ready to relocate to Brisbane, Australia


This bit matters! We’re an equal opportunity employer and we’re proud of our diverse work environment. We actively encourage diversity and strive to have a workforce that is inclusive and representative of our community. If you have any questions about our inclusivity or accessibility, please do get in touch.

Five reasons why we hope you'll apply

You’ll enjoy some great benefits at PBPL, including a Healthy Lifestyle Program including a free, on-site gym, Café and a commitment to developing our people. But joining us in this role should mean so much more.

A diverse role where every day’s different:

As our Survey Manager, you’ll have the opportunity to influence strategic direction, and deliver initiatives as you engage with a variety of different stakeholders. You’ll have the opportunity to drive improvements and champion innovation – it could be developments in sustainability or automation, we can’t wait to hear your ideas.

An important job, a powerful purpose:

What we do at PBPL affects all Queenslanders and many who visit our proud state. So it’s vital that we are playing our part and contributing towards a sustainable future!

A place where flexibility matters too:

We expect a lot from our people, who are committed and dedicated to our mission. But in return for your efforts, you’ll enjoy true flexibility. We know that means different things to different people, at different life stages so talk to us about what works for you.

A welcoming, supportive culture:

You’ll find so many friendly, connected people at PBPL, and our Hydrographic Surveying team are no different. You’ll be supported to learn new things and to develop your skills by an experienced team. As a leader, you’ll have access to our dedicated Management Fundamentals program to develop the skills you need to deliver on our People Leadership aspirations.

A proud reputation; a bright future:

You’ll join a company renowned for best practice in our industry, and a team that is proud of the impact we make. But we’re not sitting still. Check out our latest Sustainability Report! Bring your fresh perspectives and expertise to a team that truly values them.

Ready for the best career you never imagined? Apply today!

If you’re interested in the role and think you fit the bill, we’d love to hear from you!

To apply, please apply here ( including:

  • Your CV
  • A brief cover letter, including why you would like to be part of Port of Brisbane’s future
  • Relevant Qualifications


You’ll be required to complete pre-employment checks, including a national police check.

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Hydrographic Survey Manager


Port of Brisbane


Hydrographic Survey Manager


Brisbane, Australia

Closing Date:

03 January 2023