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Scientist - Land & Soils


We have an exciting opportunity for a Scientist – Land & Soils to join our Environment Quality team.  This is a permanent full time role at the Taranaki Regional Council.

Mō mātou | About us

We are an enthusiastic bunch of people at Taranaki Regional Council, helping the region continue to be an enviable place to live, play and do business.

Our mission is to work for a thriving Taranaki by promoting the sustainable use, development and protection of our natural and physical resources, and advocating for the region's best interests.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

The new position of Scientist – Land & Soils is responsible for contributing specialist expertise, knowledge and technical leadership in the areas of land use, soil science and sedimentation processes. You will use your skills to develop, coordinate and deliver environmental monitoring programmes, research and investigations, and contribute specialist input across a wide range of Council activities.

This varied and interesting role will have you working in close collaboration with staff across the Council to provide technical advice and guidance that will inform both regional and national policy development and implementation, and support the wider Environment Quality group in the delivery of state of environment and compliance monitoring and reporting.

Mōu | About you

You will have a passion for the environment, and interest in working at the interface of science and policy. You will bring both technical knowledge and practical experience in data collection, analysis and reporting, along with a sound understanding of the impacts of land use activities on freshwater, coastal and marine environments. Strong relationship building and communication skills are a key aspect of this role. Familiarity with the Resource Management Act 1991, National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020, and relevant national standards and regulations would be advantageous.

You will need a relevant qualification in physical sciences with a speciality in soil science, geomorphology, natural resource management, or a related field.

We like to set people up for success so you'll be a leading applicant if you also have:

  • An ability to design, implement and manage environmental monitoring and research programmes relating to sedimentation and land use impacts on receiving freshwater and coastal/marine environments

  • Good data management skills, with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail

  • Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office suite, database and information systems. Prior exposure to Iris, Hilltop and ESRI GIS, and experience using ‘R’ or similar programming language will be viewed favourably

  • Ability to collate and analyse scientific data and information, and communicate this information in an engaging and informative way

  • Ability to manage multiple jobs, remaining flexible and agile in your approach

  • Versatile and resourceful, with exceptional interpersonal and organisational skills

  • Practical experience working in the field, with a full driver’s licence.

What’s on offer?

Taranaki Regional Council is a fantastic place to work! We have a great Land & Water team within our Environment Quality department. We do offer job training opportunities as well as the programmes to assist further career development.  We have an active social club, long service leave days, and many other perks.  However, the best part is working alongside fantastic people who are truly dedicated to the Taranaki region.

Interested? Here’s how to apply

Apply using the link below, fill out your application form and add your CV and cover letter. Further details on the role can be found in the Position Description, or for any other questions please contact Karen Smylie, HR Manager on (06) 765 7127.

Applications close on Monday 14 February 2022 and must be made directly through the application link.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we have received sufficient applications. Please submit your applications as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note, all new employees to the Taranaki Regional Council must be able to provide proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Council is committed to the concept of equal employment opportunities.

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