Principal Scientist - Hydrology

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Permanent - Full time


Ko wai mātou | About us


Te Kaunihera ā-rohe o Wairau (Marlborough District Council) is a dynamic, progressive organisation which prides itself on the professionalism it brings to managing a wide range of functions. Our vision is that over the next decade, Marlborough will become a globally connected district of progressive, high-value enterprise, known for its quality lifestyle, desirable location and natural environment.


Marlborough is unique for many reasons. The region offers an array of outdoor pursuits in a distinctive and picturesque landscape. With one fifth of the New Zealand coastline in the Marlborough Sounds, the land and sea offer unlimited accessibility for sport and leisure.



Ko ngā kōrero mā tēnei tūrangi | About the role


We have an exciting opportunity in our team for a Principal Scientist – Hydrology to lead the hydrology science team in building capacity in fulfilling Councils statutory obligations under the National Policy Statement Freshwater Management (NPSFM).


The primary purpose of the role is to provide strategic direction, lead investigations, analysing, and reporting on hydrological and climatic data for state of the environment, policy making and assisting in flood forecasting. This role will also involve providing specialist hydrological advice to Council, including supporting the setting and review of environmental river low flows, levels, and the identification of allocation limits under the NPSFM.



Ko ngā pūmanawa ōu | About you


Our ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • That you are a strategic thinker and have skills to lead and manage a team.

  • Advanced knowledge of environmental data collection methods and technology.

  • Expert knowledge in hydrological data analysis, reporting and dissemination.

  • A good understanding of the Resource Management Act and NPSFW requirements.

  • Excellent report writing and verbal communication skills


You will also have a degree in natural or physical sciences, data science or engineering hydrology, preferably at post graduate level.Someone with at least 5 years’ experience analysing and reporting hydrological data would be preferred.



Ko ngā āhuatanga pai | What we offer


  • Direct internal support from our environmental monitoring team and science portfolio managers.

  • A workplace that supports flexibility, health and wellbeing

  • An environment where input, initiative and innovation are encouraged

  • A competitive remuneration and benefits package (including life and income protection insurance, health insurance, enhanced leave and superannuation, and relocation support where applicable).


If you’re ready to progress your career with Te Kaunihera ā-rohe o Wairau - tono mai | apply now!

You can find a full job description when you follow the application link.


Applications close 5.00 pm on 31 May 2022.



For further information you are welcome to contact Alan Johnson (Environmental Science and Monitoring Manager): alan.johnson@marlborough.govt.nz