Senior / Environmental Monitoring Officer – Hydrology

Senior / Environmental Monitoring Officer - Groundwater

We are looking for an enthusiastic Environmental Monitoring Officer, at either Intermediate or Senior level, who is passionate about groundwater to join our Hydrology team. The position is based in the Wellington office and the successful candidate will be responsible for leading groundwater data collection and monitoring programs within our Environmental Science Department for the wonderful Western region of Greater Wellington Regional Council.

About Greater Wellington:

There's a lot more to us than meets the eye. Here at Greater Wellington Regional Council, we're working on the big things that will impact everyone in our region. Ensuring we have uninterrupted access to drinking water, staying safe from the threat of flooding, protecting and enhancing the environment, improving the quality of our fresh water, ensuring we are all connected through our public transport network and planning ahead for the potential impact of climate change across our region. We're people who are genuinely passionate about the work we do and our wonderful region.

About the Hydrology Team:

High-quality environmental data is key to good decision-making, and across the Greater Wellington region, the Hydrology Team plays a critical role in this. Our team includes Environmental Monitoring Officers, Scientists and Data Analysts that work as a team to ensure priority long term monitoring continues to be of suitable quality for flood warning, consent compliance monitoring, water allocation decision-making, and prevention of declining groundwater quality and saline intrusion. We work across Wellington and the Wairarapa to maintain our hydrological data network in a variety of landscapes from the Tararua tops to the foreshore and beaches.

About the role:

Ideally, you will be capable of taking responsibility for the design, construction and operation of groundwater monitoring assets, utilising a wide assortment of electronic equipment to collect accurate groundwater quality and level information. This role will have equal amounts of field and office based work so you'll also carry out data processing, quality assurance, and have involvement in data analysis. We work in a variety of environments and terrains which can be physically demanding and challenging, so you need to be confident around rivers and working at heights, and comfortable having a yarn with landowners and members of the public.

You will need to be able to communicate effectively with groundwater scientists. You will also support the other teams within the Environmental Science department through more targeted studies to provide joined-up advice across the groundwater, contaminated land, surface water quantity and quality and coastal disciplines for our catchments.

At Senior level, you will be expected to be a leader in your discipline including working closely with the scientists and other stakeholders, training more junior staff or peers, actively participating in leadership discussions and supporting the Team Leader with prioritisation of workload.

At Intermediate level, you will be expected to bring a high level of enthusiasm for the discipline and seek out ways to learn from the expertise around you and develop your skills to become a leader in groundwater monitoring.

Some data analyses will also be required, as would be the ability to safely operate a 4x4 (manual) vehicle. Some occasional travel to the Wairarapa to support the team in the Eastern region would be expected.

To succeed in this role you will need:

  • A passion for groundwater hydrology and the environment.

  • Experience working with groundwater monitoring instrumentation, downhole cameras, groundwater quality sampling, drilling and piezometer installation, installation and calibration of telemetry systems.

  • Understanding/knowledge of the National Environmental Monitoring Standards (NEMS) for groundwater/environmental data collection.

  • A collaborative working style, with experience mentoring and sharing your ideas and expertise with others. Strong team work ethic with experience working in teams, but also an ability to work autonomously where required

  • An analytical mind to critically review reports, plans and other technical documents, and to suggest improvements to our practices

  • Excellent interpersonal, engagement and relationship management skills

  • Resilience, flexibility, and an ability to work with ambiguity

  • The ability to manage multiple projects efficiently, to prioritise competing commitments and proactively manage customer expectations

  • A broad perspective from the breadth and depth of your experience which may include working with councils, central government, private practice/consulting firms, community, iwi or volunteer groups

  • Appropriate education in a relevant environmental field such as hydrology, geography, geology or earth sciences; basic knowledge of groundwater hydrology would be advantageous.

  • Knowledge of ESRI GIS software, Hilltop and other environmental management software.

  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to data quality

  • Good computing skills, including experience with GPS, Microsoft Excel and Word

  • Experience/leadership in field data collection and data management. A proven ability to undertake accurate detailed recording

  • To be physically fit and comfortable working in remote locations

  • A strong commitment to health and safety.

  • A valid driver’s licence

How to apply

Click on the link to apply with a cover letter and CV and confirm whether you are applying for the Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer or the Environmental Monitoring Officer position.

For further information please contact Louise Algeo, Team Leader - Hydrology at or 04 830 4125

Applications close: Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Only people with the right to work in New Zealand may apply for this position. For advice on obtaining a New Zealand work or residence visa, please visit


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