Science Team Leader - Groundwater

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Step into a groundwater leadership role


With its extensive groundwater systems, Canterbury is at the forefront of water management in New Zealand. We have an opportunity for you to take a lead role in helping us understand and manage this precious resource.


About the Role | Kōrero mō te tūranga


The Groundwater Team Leader position requires highly effective leadership, management and support for a team of six groundwater scientists. Under your leadership, your team will design and implement groundwater resource investigations and provide high-quality technical advice to internal and external stakeholders. Working closely with the Groundwater Science Manager and two other team leaders (we have 21 groundwater professionals in total), you will help us address challenging issues including land use effects on water quality, sustainable groundwater allocation and the implementation of the Essential Freshwater programme.


About You │ Mōu


The position requires strong people and leadership skills. To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A relevant post-graduate qualification with significant professional experience; a strong understanding of groundwater processes is preferred, but applicants with experience in other disciplines will be considered

  • Demonstrated skills and experience in people leadership and collaboration

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Great time management skills and a proven ability to triage and prioritise work programmes, combined with a flexible and agile approach – you will be adept at juggling multiple priorities

  • Sound knowledge of Health & Safety requirements including creating a health and safety culture within a team

  • Understanding of and commitment to honouring tikanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


About Environment Canterbury │ Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha


Environment Canterbury is leading regional governance in one of New Zealand's largest, most diverse, and naturally stunning regions, using a citizen-centred approach to reflect Environment Canterbury’s ongoing commitment to respond to our community’s aspirations.


Our values of Manaakitanga/People First, Whanaungatanga/Collaboration, Māiatanga/Can Do, Pononga/Integrity, Kaitiakitanga/Stewardship define us as an organisation and are integral in how we work.


Taking action together to shape a thriving and resilient Canterbury.

Toitū te marae o Tāne, toitū te marae o Tangaroa, toitū te iwi.

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Benefits of working at Environment Canterbury │ Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha


Based in our central Christchurch building, you will join a dedicated team that has a strong sense of purpose and commitment to the organisation’s vision.


You will love our values-based team culture with a focus on wellbeing, wrapped into an environment that is hard working, supportive, friendly, and fun.


Environment Canterbury offers an inclusive, people-first culture, flexible working, a competitive salary, ongoing professional development, internal opportunities across the organisation, free income protection insurance and life insurance, discounted healthcare premiums, and free annual flu vaccinations.


Join us and be part of a team in which you can thrive and grow. For a confidential discussion about this role please contact Groundwater Science Manager Carl Hanson carl.hanson@ecan.govt.nz or phone 027 231 8498 or apply now!


This position is eligible for Environment Canterbury’s Talent Referral Scheme. If you are applying as the result of a referral from an Environment Canterbury staff member, please indicate that in your cover letter.