Environmental Monitoring Technician – Bream Bay

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of Aotearoa New Zealand's marine and freshwater resources, to provide understanding of climate and atmospheric state and processes, and increase resilience to weather and climate-related hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

We are looking for an Environmental Monitoring Technician to join our high performing team based at Bream Bay, Northland. In this role, you will help us deliver on projects in all three areas of NIWA's science, focusing especially on the collection and management of hydrological, freshwater quality and climate data but also with a significant involvement in marine and other environmental field work as required. In a typical week or two you'll:

  • Plan and conduct field work, often on your own and in a range of weather conditions;

  • Use, maintain and troubleshoot remote data collection systems and sampling instruments;

  • Manage the collection, quality control and archiving of data and samples;

  • Take part in boating-based field work and, with the right qualifications and experience, possibly scientific diving;

  • Maintain laboratory and field equipment and take care of preparations for upcoming field campaigns.

While you'll spend most of your time in the field in Northland, from time to time you'll also contribute to project work in other parts of the North Island and this will take you away from home for a week or two.

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification or experience in environmental monitoring (hydrology, water quality, meteorology and/or marine sciences), demonstrated competency in instrumentation or data processing skills, a love of the great outdoors and the capability to expand on and learn new technical skill sets. It's essential that you have a driver's licence, confidence around water (rivers, lakes and coastal waters) and good swimming ability. While not essential, boating and/or diving qualifications and experience are advantageous attributes for this role.

If you are a highly-motivated self-starter, a team player with a strong customer service ethic, can demonstrate good data handling and technical skills, and are ready to make a big contribution to improving our understanding of New Zealand's natural environments, then this is the challenge for you!


Our mission is to support and foster hydrology in New Zealand and elsewhere, and to enable NZHS members to receive advanced training in hydrological sciences. NZHS annually presents several student and non-student awards to its members recognising the outstanding contributions of our members to New Zealand Hydrology.


New Zealand Hydrological Society

PO Box 12300, Thorndon,
Wellington 6144

Phone: 03 928 0620

Email: admin@hydrologynz.org.nz

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