We offer opportunities across a range of departments including field services, finance, administration, information communication and technology, customer service and human resources.
The career options with us are endless and we encourage career and personal development.
To find out more about the people who work for us, meet some of our employees below.
Meet Samantha, Environmental Engineer
It was a Year 12 teacher who started Samantha Yeh on a path to engineering, a career traditionally dominated by males.
“My chemistry teacher told me about the role of environmental engineers and that there was a shortage of them.
Samantha, who has a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, now works in our Development Services Team. Before joining us she commissioned, operated and maintained sewage treatment plants in Queensland and New South Wales.
“I worked on one site in the middle of nowhere, where the client was so shocked to see a young female engineer coming out to commission the plant – they didn’t even have a female bathroom!
“More women are starting to embrace engineering as a career and there is more acceptance and recognition of women in water and sewerage industries.”
Samantha is also a member of our dedicated iQ innovation group helping to develop new ideas that save money, improve safety and improve customer service.
Meet Steve, Project Manager
Who knew spending time in a sewer could lead one of our project managers to the international stage?
Well it has for Steve Gibson – who took out the 2015 International Project Manager of the Year award.
Steve is responsible for building new large scale water and sewerage infrastructure across our region.
Steve is responsible for the overall delivery of a $70 million portfolio of works for sewage network projects. This includes coordinating the design, procurement, scheduling, budget and delivery all while minimising the impact of the works to the community and keeping everyone informed.
“It can often be challenging to balance all the different aspects of the project, including time, cost and quality while minimising customer impacts as much as possible, said Steve.
“Working with a great group of people who share my passion for delivering quality projects makes the job all the more rewarding though.”
Steve’s award was in acknowledgement for his outstanding work upgrading the sewerage network at Woolloongabba, Brisbane. This five year $82 million project was our biggest on record and was delivered not only ahead of schedule, but $3.7 million under budget.
Meet Lyn, SAS Laboratory water quality coordinator
There’s not much Lyn Phillips doesn’t know about water quality testing. Starting out 35 years ago, Lyn began her career as a cadet chemist with SAS Laboratory (known then as the City Chemist Laboratory) gaining extensive experience in all areas of water and sewage treatment, water quality, trade waste and associated chemical analyses.
“The laboratory has changed a lot over the last 35 years – there are many more females, fewer short-sleeved white shirts with thin black ties, no pipetting samples by mouth, and definitely no smoking in the laboratory. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is that everyone who works for SAS has a passion for science and sewage!”
In 2010, Lyn moved into the role of Quality Coordinator for SAS Laboratory and is responsible for managing the laboratory quality system and continued National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation.
“What I do helps to ensure that the results we produce for both our internal and external customers are correct. Our laboratory results are used for licence compliance, regulatory monitoring, process control, and process optimisation, so it is vital that we get it right.”
Lyn holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Chemistry) and is a volunteer chemical technical assessor for NATA.
“I enjoy my job because I work with a great team. Everyone pitches in to get the job done - whether it’s emptying smelly sample containers, washing laboratory glassware, trekking through the bush to fill a bottle, analysing samples, or compiling reports.”
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Meet Manesh, Call Centre Team Leader
Manesh started out in our Call Centre as a Customer Service Agent, managing enquiries from our customers about everything to do with water, sewerage and Queensland Urban Utilities. He now manages a team of Customer Service Agents, ensuring our Call Centre is resourced to service our customers.
Manesh says that one of the many reasons he enjoys working with us is the working environment.
“We have a great culture, and the people I work with are friendly, dedicated and all strive for customer service excellence. We work hard and have fun while we do it – that makes a great working environment for me!
“I also find the work we do rewarding – there is nothing better than knowing you have genuinely made someone’s day by solving a problem for them.”
Meet David, Sewage Treatment Plant Operator
As a Technical Operations Specialist at one of our sewage treatment plants, David Lobegieger is one of our behind the scene stars. He is on the frontline ensuring the sewage treatment runs smoothly.
David says people’s perceptions of the job are often “dirty, smelly and very low tech,” but nothing could be further from the truth. “A lot of our equipment is cutting edge, in particular the sophisticated odour control systems used to minimise odour.”
While the work may not appear glamorous, David says the positives far outweigh the negatives, telling us proudly that “making a difference in people’s lives by protecting the environment and giving value for money” is the best part of what he does.
Making a difference in people’s lives doesn’t have to be on a large scale. For example, it can be as simple as listening to someone who has lost a wedding ring down the sink. “We are still trying to find it,” laughs Dave.
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