Hydrology Monitoring Officer – Groundwater

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  • Permanent - Full Time

  • Mix of field and office-based, multi-disciplinary focus


A few things you should know about Northland Regional Council… we aren't about parking tickets, roading, building consents or any of that stuff! Our work is ultimately about working together to care for our region's incredible environment and many communities, matching our skills and resources with the vision and aspirations of our people.


Toitū te whenua, toitū to moana, toitū te tangata. If the land is well, if the sea is well, the people will thrive.


Why do we hire Hydrology Monitoring Officers?


There is a community-wide benefit from monitoring and understanding our various water resources and risks in Northland. The Hydrology Monitoring Officer - Groundwater will be the continuous groundwater monitoring expert in a team that carries out the broader range of Hydrology monitoring including rainfall, river flow, tidal, soil and climate monitoring. This position has a particular focus on continuous / telemetered groundwater monitoring but will also be involved in the other aspects of monitoring and reporting mentioned above. Considering the importance of water supply to the region's economy, and the inherent natural values of our water, the information produced by persons in this role is of huge value.


The opportunity


You will undertake the collection of groundwater data including continuous water level and water quality data, as well as discrete groundwater quality sampling data. However, data collection is just the beginning of this opportunity, you will install, service and maintain the data collection equipment and hydrological equipment, process data to national standards (NEMS), interpret and report information to internal and external stakeholders, perform compliance monitoring of resource consents and state of the environment monitoring.


This newly created role is based in our Whangarei office. Come and enjoy Northland's surfing, fishing, boating, beaches and other natural wonders that the area has to offer.


Are you up for it?


This role would suit someone who can work independently as well as part of a team. Someone who is always looking for new and improved ways of doing things and has a passion for caring for the environment, especially our water.


You will have a tertiary qualification in hydrology, science, environmental monitoring or similar, and relevant experience in Environmental Monitoring, particularly in the realm of groundwater. You will be both hands-on / technology savvy, with a problem-solving mindset as well as software savvy, ideally with experience with time series and telemetry software such as Hilltop and Hydrotel. You will have a good understanding of groundwater systems and a proven ability to communicate technical information to a range of stakeholders.


What's in it for you?


Our team has grown a lot over the years, but our small organisation culture is still here. We celebrate our efforts, share wedding/baby pictures, host many shared morning teas, enjoy outings, annual fishing competitions and brunches, and have a lot of fun together. We have an active social club that comes up with great ideas, but if you're also interested in the tangible stuff, we have that too - check out our benefits here.


What's next?


The work we do really makes a difference and if you are someone who is motivated to contribute to the management of Northland's environment, please send your resume to Stephen Kitto, Hydrology Field Operations Manager, stephenk@nrc.govt.nz.


Applications close on 1 May 2022 and must be submitted online.


Applicants for this position should have NZ residency/citizenship or a valid NZ work visa.