Location: Tasman, Nelson
Closing Date: 01 March, 2020
Employer: Tasman District Council

We are seeking someone with a practical can-do attitude to join our Environmental Monitoring team, responsible for collecting a wide variety of environmental data.

This full time role is based in Richmond, you will be part of a group who collects and archives information about river flow, groundwater, rainfall, water quality and air quality to support programmes across Council and the wider community.

The position offers plenty of variety, which means we are looking for a diverse skill set and the ability to problem solve. You will have experience in environmental monitoring and hold a relevant qualification such as a university degree or appropriate tertiary diploma. We use a variety of electronic equipment and data loggers to collect information so having strong practical skills in electrical or telecommunications would be a real advantage, along with an aptitude for maths and physics. It is essential that you are computer literate and embrace learning new technology.

The fieldwork extends across a variety of environments and terrains which can be physically demanding, you need to be a strong swimmer and confident around rivers and working at heights. However, it's not all outside work! The office work is a significant component of the role and involves data management, calibration of instruments, asset management and liaison with landowners.

If you enjoy contributing to a motivated team that encourages sharing of knowledge and resources with interesting projects ahead of it, and you possess the above skills, then reap the rewards of becoming part of our great team. Let's talk!

For further information and to apply visit



Applications Close: 01 Mar 2020

Hydrology Technician

Location: Turangi, Waikato
Closing Date: 8 March 2020
Employer: Genesis Energy

Tokaanu Power Station


About the role:

Based at Tokaanu Power Station, we are on the look-out for an experienced Hydrology Technician to provide specialist knowledge and support of the Renewable Energy hydrology networks and associated equipment to ensure reliability and continuity of hydrological information. This role is a combo of hands-on field work and detailed data analysis and reporting. You will predominantly be based at Tokaanu; however, travel will be required to other sites.



  • Manage the reliability of the hydrology networks and their integration into key business systems.

  • Prioritise and plan work packages to maximise availability, reliability, efficiency of plant and ensure compliance.

  • Undertake investigations, roll-out, testing and implementation of new hydrology technologies, systems and processes.

  • Manage the quality of hydrological data and database.

  • Stay abreast with hydrology research and development, with a view of continuous improvements.


About you:

  • 3 to 5 years’ experience maintaining hydrometric sites, undertaking flow gauging’s and maintaining flow ratings.

  • Proven experience in the management and archiving of hydrological data.

  • Experience using Hilltop or other hydrology time series data management software.

  • Experience in maintenance, operation and commissioning of hydrology networks and associated systems.

  • Hold or working towards a NZ Diploma in Field Hydrology.

  • A full driver’s licence.


Due to the uniqueness and complexity of our renewable schemes, this role is suited to a go-getter who is keen to learn and develop their skills. You will work with a small close-knit team, sharing the workload appropriately. You are a natural communicator, easily able to build rapport and deliver information concisely.


Our culture:

Working at Genesis means being part of a dynamic and diverse working environment. You’ll work alongside committed and talented people and be encouraged to reach your full potential every day. We celebrate difference, diversity and aim to empower our employees. We reward our staff with a great salary, 4% KiwiSaver, a power discount, a collaborative culture and ongoing development opportunities. Join us and know that you'll be valued for the contribution you make and the part you play in helping us achieve our goals.


Please apply directly via the link below or contact Dunja Naera on 09 951 9164 for further information.

Applications are open until 8th March.




Location: Auckland
Closing Date: 29 February, 2020
Employer: Watercare

We are looking for a Hydrologist to join the team! In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring that we have a reliable supply of clean, safe water to Taamaki Makaurau (Auckland) through the operation and maintenance of our Hydrometric network. You will collect and analyse our hydrology data. Other duties include:

  • Maintaining effective communication and supporting the operational management of the water supply system

  • Calibration of hydrometric instruments and sensors.

  • Responsible for hydrology projects including new permanent monitoring installations and temporary investigations

  • Management of our hydrological databases and providing data analysis and reporting

  • Maintain data for water resource accounting and balancing


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A passion for Auckland's environment and waterways

  • A relevant tertiary level qualification (a qualification in engineering/environmental science is desirable)

  • 2+ years experience in environmental field data collection, data analysis and report preparation is desirable

  • Familiarity with QA systems such as ISO and National Environmental Monitoring standards

  • A current NZ driver's license with the ability to drive large manual 4WD

  • Computer literacy, with competency in the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel

  • Proven knowledge of safety in and around water and the ability to swim 50m.


What do we offer? We offer competitive remuneration and staff benefits package including:

  • Life and income protection insurance plan

  • Discounted banking packages

  • Generous parental leave

  • Employee discounts at a range of large retailers


Build an exciting career in an evolving work environment! So, if you are looking for an exciting career opportunity with lots of potential for development then apply now through our careers website www.careers.watercare.co.nz

The successful applicant must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and medical. You must also be legally entitled to work long-term in New Zealand

Sea-Level Rise, Groundwater Dynamics and Impacts on Infrastructure Systems
PhD Scholarship Opportunity

Location: Christchurch, Canterbury
Closing Date: 29 February, 2020
Employer: University of Canterbury

A scholarship is available (fees plus stipend) for a 3-year full-time PhD programme, on the subject of sea-level rise, groundwater dynamics and impacts on infrastructure systems.

Coastal cities are facing a suite of climate-related hazards, with sea-level rise and associated groundwater impacts being a little-understood but potentially significant issue for infrastructure systems and the communities they service. Rising groundwater could result in significant inland flooding occurring on a regular basis in many of our cities. City authorities need better information on how future groundwater dynamics may influence their long-term infrastructure planning and management. This PhD project will utilise uniquely detailed groundwater monitoring datasets, geotechnical and infrastructure system data to: characterise drivers of coastal groundwater dynamics; develop methods to identify signals of groundwater response to sea-level rise; assess how current and future groundwater dynamics impact selected infrastructure systems; and develop frameworks to assist infrastructure system managers to incorporate groundwater information into climate adaptation strategic planning. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with infrastructure system managers in local government and industry partners.

The successful PhD applicant will have: a relevant degree in Engineering, Earth Science or Environmental Science; strong numerical modelling and programming skills; a systems-thinking approach to addressing complex problems; excellent communication skills.

For more information, please contact:
Dr Matthew Hughes
Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury
Interested applicants should send an expression of interest and their Curriculum Vitae.

Senior Scientist Hydrology

Location: Napier, Hawke's Bay
Closing Date: 19 February, 2020
Employer: Hawke's Bay Regional Council

You will be working with a motivated team of scientists tasked with developing models and statistics that inform how we use groundwater and surface water resources. This is an increasingly specialized field, and we are seeking a technical expert who specializes in one or more of the following functions:


Hydrology data scientist – the manipulation of big data sets for use in specialised modelling software. Using scripted languages (e.g. R, Python) to rescale and reformat environmental datasets as input to and output from models for water resource management. Requires the ability to work well with scientists traversing a range of disciplines, as we pursue catchment integration of physical models.


Hydrology in water policy – science informing policy to help communities resolve conflicts between instream and abstractive water use. Interpretation of complex analyses for technical and non-expert audiences, with a focus on providing strategic direction to water quantity management in Hawke’s Bay.


Hydrology and thermodynamics – the management of water resources under a changing climate pose many challenges for people and ecosystems. Specifically, modelling the thermodynamics of aquatic systems, including groundwater – surface water interactions, to inform management of water resources.


The salary range for suitable candidates that meet the requirements for this role is $95,850 - $108,630 depending on qualifications and experience.


To view the job description, go to the advert on our website. https://www.hbrc.govt.nz/our-council/careers/job-vacancies/article/810/senior-scientist-hydrology


Applications close 19 Feb 2020


For further information and a confidential discussion please call:

Thomas Wilding – Team Leader Hydrology/Hydrogeology – 022 128 6577


Location: Christchurch
Closing Date: Open
Employer: Riley Consultants

RILEY is an established employee-owned professional consultancy specialising in geotechnical, environmental, civil, and water resource engineering.  We undertake technically challenging and complex projects for commercial, industrial, and residential clients, as well as for government agencies and councils.  We offer our clients quality and responsiveness. 

We are looking for Water Resource Engineers/Scientists with modelling expertise to join our growing Christchurch water resources team. With an expanding portfolio of exciting projects in hydro power, flood risk management,  irrigation, and fish screen design for waterways we are looking for a number of talented Water Resource Engineers/Scientists who are passionate about what they do, and looking for their next great career opportunity.

We are interested in hearing from people with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Flood hazard modelling and assessment

  • Residual flow and hydrological effects assessments

  • Water quality/sediment transport modelling and assessment

  • Design of hydraulic structures

  • GIS data collection, processing and interpretation

  • Field data collection

  • Technical report writing


You will also have:

  • 2-5 years’ experience in a water resources consulting environment

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Civil Engineering, Natural Resources, Hydrology or similar

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • A high standard of both oral and written English

  • Strong conceptual understanding of hydrodynamic and hydrological modelling methodologies, their limitations and appropriate selection for individual project requirements.

  • Experience in using a range of surface water modelling packages (such as HEC-RAS, MIKE, HEC-HMS, SWAT+ etc.)

  • A proven track record of client engagement and project delivery

  • Experience with (or interest in) R/Python coding and application within hydrological and hydraulic analysis would be considered advantageous.

  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams.


We offer a warm, friendly place to work, flexibility in the type of work you undertake, and scope to apply your strengths and shape your career.  Benefits are various and include:

  • A competitive remuneration package.

  • Investment in professional development.

  • A relaxed, informal work environment.

  • Regular social events.


For information about our consultancy and the type of work we undertake visit www.riley.co.nz.  


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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