Water Resources Scientist

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  • Relocation assistance may be available for the successful candidate

  • Possible flexible/remote working arrangements

  • Training, development and coaching are available

  • Contribute to and enhance local communities


We are the carers for Northland's environment and community. Are you one of us?


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


The opportunity awaits...


We are currently seeking an experienced and qualified Water Resources Scientist to join our dynamic and dedicated Natural Resources Science Team which provides environmental scientific information, advice and expertise in relation to freshwater, coastal, air and soil resources.

The diversity of our business makes for a fascinating and challenging range of science and research opportunities. This role will focus on providing expertise in water resource management by leading council's freshwater allocation programmes.


From looking after our fresh and coastal waters to protecting Northland from pests; the range of environmental work is vast. In this newly created position, you will be responsible for leading water resources workstreams including investigations suitable for resource management evaluation and allocation purposes, delivering advanced data analysis and scientific interpretation contributing to the preparation, implementation and reporting on freshwater resources, manage council's freshwater quantity accounting system and deliver on data analysis as per the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management requirements, and ensure council's reporting of water allocation is accurate and timely.


By joining the Natural Resources Science team, you'll have the opportunity to be part of a high performing and multidisciplinary team delivering environmental scientific advice and expertise supporting evidence-based policy development and decision-making for the sustainable management of our freshwater resources.


Do you have what it takes and are you up for it?


We are looking for someone who can bring the following to our diverse talent pool:


  • You will have a postgraduate qualification in Environmental      Science, specialising in water resources management; have at least five years' experience in a similar role, and an in-depth understanding of freshwater systems including issues affecting both resource quality and quantity.

  • You will have previous work experience in the implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and associated requirements.

  • You will demonstrate significant experience in the development and management of freshwater resource projects.

  • You will have sound budgeting control,      reporting and effective project planning and management skills.

  • Excellent computer skills, preferably with MS      Office, GIS, relevant databases, statistical, modelling and data visualisation software.


We don't just want someone that can do the job, we want someone who has the drive to do a great job and has a passion for what our organisation and values stand for.


What's in it for you?


We are proud of our strong organisational culture and offer a professional, challenging and positive working environment including a 37.5-hour week and flexi-time. We walk the talk when it comes to flexible working arrangements and support our staff during the good and hard times. For further details, please check out our benefits here.


What's next?


Need more information? If so, contact our Natural Resources Science Manager today.


The work we do really makes a difference and if you are motivated to contribute to the management of Northland's environment, check out the position description and apply today.


Applications close on Friday 12 November 2021 and must be submitted online.


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


To apply for this job go to: www.nrc.govt.nz/jobs