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Environmental Data Officer / Assistant


Thriving together – mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata.

Our environment and our people go hand-in-hand.

  • Bring your passion for working outdoors and help us to understand and care for our environment

  • Undertake environmental data collection activities throughout the Bay of Plenty region.

  • Permanent, full-time role based in Whakatāne

We are looking for someone to bring a mix of technical and practical skills to undertake environmental data collection activities throughout the Bay of Plenty region.

Ngā āhuatanga o te mahi | Details of the job

In this role you will be responsible for collecting a wide range of environmental data, including groundwater/river/lake/sea levels, river flows, water quality and meteorology by maintaining our network of automated monitoring sites and undertaking physical surveys and measurements. You will have the capacity to use a wide range of skills to undertake site operation and maintenance, troubleshoot issues with sensitive monitoring and communication equipment, and quality assure the data you collect using specialist software.

Dependent on skills and experience you may be offered the position at a lower Assistant level and placed on a competency development programme to work towards promotion to Officer level.

To do well in this Environmental Data Officer / Assistant role you will need:

  • an ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

  • an ability to work in or around the region’s lakes and rivers.

  • an eye for detail and the patience to support evolving environmental datasets.

  • to be comfortable working alone and as a part of a team.

  • to be able to ‘build a fence’ as comfortably as you can use computer and software skills.

  • a logical mind-set to support fault finding.

  • an understanding of environmental processes and pressures.

  • to be an ambassador for the data you collect by following strict guidelines promoting quality.

Ō pūmanawa | Your skills and experience

The skills and personal attributes we look for at the Data Officer level are:

  • science, engineering or similar tertiary qualification or equivalent body of knowledge at Level 7 or above.

  • a minimum of 3 years of experience in undertaking data collection activities.

  • understanding and experience of databases and popular data analysis tools.

  • ability and flexibility to self-manage a wide variety of job tasks while balancing the needs of a wider team.

  • ability to swim, be physically fit and know your way around a tool box.

Ko wai mātou | Who we are

Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council is responsible for land, air and water as well as public transport and economic development. A major focus of our work involves looking after the environment. We manage the effects of people’s use of freshwater, land, air and coastal water. However, we also have a broader responsibility with others for the economic, social and cultural well-being of the regional community.

We are a values-driven organisation, and we have a reputation for looking after our people. Who you are is important to us. We welcome diversity as an opportunity to grow our teams and are keen to support people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, and disabilities/abilities. We want the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to be a place where you can bring your whole self to work.

You’ll be based in sunny Whakatāne, joining the Data Services team that provides an environmental data collection, laboratory and data management & delivery service for Council needs, our community and national reporting. We take pride in the data and reporting we provide as we recognise the value of data is realised in its use. We:

  • are passionate about the foundational aspects of the data product we provide,

  • savour the learnings of the past while welcoming opportunity to trail blaze new approaches and technology,

  • are a close-knit team who supports each other and those outside our team,

  • enjoy helping others and supporting our environment.

Toi Moana is a great organisation to work for, and our region is a great place to live in. Highlights of working for us are:

  • ability to work within an environment of a challenging and growing need for data that supports positive change,

  • opportunity for personal development through work based or formalised training and contribution to national working groups,

  • we have a competitive salary and leave package, including extra paid leave over Christmas/New Year

  • we offer additional benefits such as company insurance and discount schemes.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Click APPLY NOW or contact Craig Rowson – Team Leader Environmental Data Collection on 0800 884 880 for a confidential discussion.

To access a copy of the Job Description please click on the link below or copy it into your web browser.

NB To apply for this job, you must have the legal right to be able to work in New Zealand and also a current, valid driver’s licence. As this position is designated as being “safety sensitive”, the successful candidate will be asked to undergo a pre-employment drug and alcohol check as part of the recruitment.

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 13 March 2022 and will only be accepted online.

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