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HYDROLOGY MONITORING TECHNICIAN

Location: Hamilton, Waikato
Closing Date: 27 January, 2020
Employer: Waikato Regional Council

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We are looking for a Hydrology Monitoring Technician to join our close knit team. Our ideal candidate will have greater than 2 years hydrological monitoring experience or an electrical/ telecommunications / trade background where we will utilise your current skills to maintain and improve our telemetry and monitoring network while providing training in hydrological monitoring.

However, we would also consider a recent school leaver, with good results in Math and Science, or a graduate willing to take on the job training where we will support you towards a Diploma in Field Hydrology. If you like the idea of a mixture of field and office work while training towards a Diploma in Field Hydrology, in a form of an apprenticeship, we would like to hear from you.  Remuneration for the role will be dependent on skills and experience.

You will join the Hydrology team at the Waikato Regional Council.  You will be collecting river flow, rainfall and sediment data from our instruments.  You need to methodically and accurately collect data using a range of different electronic and mechanical instrumentation, in all weathers.  The role requires you to maintain the equipment, sites and telemetry systems used to collect the data. You will be based in Hamilton, but our sites cover the whole of the Waikato and will involve some overnight stays - one day you could be in the Coromandel the next in Taupō, the King Country or Raglan.

Although there is a lot of physically demanding field work, all our data needs to be processed and quality checked in the office so being IT literate is a must along with an aptitude for maths and physics. You will need to process data in the office in a timely and accurate manner following set procedures. Your systems and data knowledge will enable you to identify issues with the data or equipment and propose solutions to fix the problems.

Health and Safety is at the forefront of everything we do at WRC, whether working on your own, or as part of a team. You will utilise your field knowledge to collect data safely and offer suggestions to improve the safety and efficiency of our sites. Our Health and Safety training also covers survival and rescue in swift water, therefore you will need to be a capable swimmer (competency testing will be undertaken).

Applicants for this position should:

  • Have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

  • Have a Full NZ Drivers Licence - and able to drive a manual vehicle

  • Be in good physical health and a capable swimmer

  • Enjoy being part of a team

  • Have great communication skills

  • Be able to use their initiative

  • Be competent and focused on identifying health and safety issues

  • Take pride in their workmanship

We offer stability, great wage rates and will support and coach you to further your career within the environmental monitoring industry. The starting salary for this role is likely to be in the range of $55 - 70K, depending on the skills and experience of the preferred candidate

SENIOR SCIENTIST/SCIENTIST – PERMANENT

Location: Christchurch
Closing Date: 26 January, 2020
Employer: Environment Canterbury

Do you have a passion for groundwater science? Do you enjoy solving real-world problems and communicating your science to a range of people?

We have an excellent opportunity to work with our team of dedicated and experienced groundwater scientists, helping to advance our understanding of Canterbury’s groundwater systems. This permanent full-time position will be appointed at either Senior Scientist or Scientist level depending on your qualifications and experience.

 

As a Senior Scientist, you will bring:

  • advanced hydrogeological technical experience, preferably with a strong background in groundwater chemistry

  • experience with supporting high-quality resource management decisions

  • high level of communication skills allowing you to interpret complex scientific data for community groups and key decision makers; telling the science story to the varied needs and experience of your audience

  • a master’s degree in a relevant field plus at least 5 years professional experience, or a bachelor’s degree plus 10 years professional experience

 

As a Scientist you will bring:

  • solid technical experience with an understanding of hydrogeological processes and/or groundwater chemistry

  • good communication and relationship building skills

  • a master’s degree in a relevant field with two years of professional experience or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with five years of professional experience

 

Knowledge of Canterbury’s groundwater systems and an understanding of the Land and Water Regional Plan would also be advantageous. Please see the Senior Scientist and Scientist job descriptions for more details regarding the capabilities needed to succeed at each level. We offer a collaborative, inclusive work environment, great training and development opportunities, flexible working practices to support a work life/balance and a competitive benefits and salary package. The position is based in Christchurch.

This vacancy is eligible for the ECan Recruitment Policy Talent Referral scheme.

If you have been referred by an ECan staff member, please note their name in your application.

SENIOR SCIENTIST/SCIENTIST – FIXED-TERM

Location: Christchurch
Closing Date: 26 January, 2020
Employer: Environment Canterbury

Do you have a passion for groundwater science, a collaborative “can do” approach, and a commitment to your own ongoing professional development?

We have an excellent opportunity to work with our team of dedicated and experienced groundwater scientists helping to advance our understanding of Canterbury’s groundwater systems. This fixed-term position, through to July 2021, will be appointed at either Senior Scientist or Scientist level depending on skills, qualifications and experience.

 

As a Senior Scientist, you will bring:

  • advanced technical experience in hydrogeological processes and/or groundwater chemistry

  • experience with supporting high-quality resource management decisions

  • high level of communication skills allowing you to interpret complex scientific data for community groups and key decision makers; telling the science story to the varied needs and experience of your audience

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field plus at least 5 years professional experience, or a bachelor’s degree plus 10 years professional experience.

 

As a Scientist you will bring:

  • solid technical experience with an understanding of hydrogeological processes and/or groundwater chemistry

  • good communication and relationship building skills

  • a master’s degree in a relevant field with 2 years of professional experience or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 5 years of professional experience

 

Please see the Senior Scientist and Scientist job descriptions for more details regarding the capabilities needed to succeed at each level. We offer a collaborative, inclusive work environment, great training and development opportunities, flexible working practices to support a work life/balance and a competitive benefits and salary package. The position is based in Christchurch. This vacancy is eligible for the ECan Recruitment Policy Talent Referral scheme. If you have been referred by an ECan staff member, please note their name in your application.

SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST, GROUNDWATER

Location: Masterton, Wairarapa
Closing Date: 4 February, 2020
Employer: Greater Wellington Regional Council

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Groundwater Scientist to join our Hydrology Team within the Environmental Science Department. This position is full-time, based in the Masterton office and ideally suited to a senior role.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the management of water resources and contribute to the development of groundwater science in the Wellington region.  You will be expected to focus on the groundwater quantity and quality issues of the Wairarapa area in the main, but also contribute to work processes across the wider region.

Greater Wellington Regional Council is responsible for regulating the use of the region’s natural resources and has a vision for the region to be healthy, resilient and engaged. We have a fantastic organisational culture that values strategic thinking, innovation, equality and flexible working arrangements.

 

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications in groundwater, hydrogeology or water resource management

  • A solid understanding of hydrogeological principles

  • A working knowledge of groundwater quantity and quality monitoring techniques

  • Experience in undertaking or overseeing scientific investigations including groundwater modelling, groundwater allocation limits, assessment of resource consent applications, and groundwater quality monitoring programmes

  • Knowledge of applying numerical modelling methods to groundwater issues

  • A high level of written skills, including a demonstrated ability to undertake scientific investigations, analysis and reporting

  • Proven ability to present science to a wide range of audiences, including iwi, stakeholders and community groups

  • Sound understanding of resource management legislation in relation to New Zealand 

  • Strong networking skills and the ability to mentor others

 

You will work alongside highly motivated and experienced scientific and monitoring staff across multidisciplinary projects and also deliver robust science to inform council’s collaborative planning process (whaitua) and regional plan. For further information please contact Mike Harkness, Team Leader, Hydrology at mike.harkness@gw.govt.nz or on 04 830 4167.

WATER RESOURCE ENGINEER/SCIENTIST – MODELLING

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.  

WATER QUALITY/ECOLOGY SCIENCE OFFICER

Location: Masterton, Wairarapa
Closing Date: 4 February, 2020
Employer: Greater Wellington Regional Council

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Groundwater Scientist to join our Hydrology Team within the Environmental Science Department. This position is full-time, based in the Masterton office and ideally suited to a senior role.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the management of water resources and contribute to the development of groundwater science in the Wellington region.  You will be expected to focus on the groundwater quantity and quality issues of the Wairarapa area in the main, but also contribute to work processes across the wider region.

Greater Wellington Regional Council is responsible for regulating the use of the region’s natural resources and has a vision for the region to be healthy, resilient and engaged. We have a fantastic organisational culture that values strategic thinking, innovation, equality and flexible working arrangements.

 

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications in groundwater, hydrogeology or water resource management

  • A solid understanding of hydrogeological principles

  • A working knowledge of groundwater quantity and quality monitoring techniques

  • Experience in undertaking or overseeing scientific investigations including groundwater modelling, groundwater allocation limits, assessment of resource consent applications, and groundwater quality monitoring programmes

  • Knowledge of applying numerical modelling methods to groundwater issues

  • A high level of written skills, including a demonstrated ability to undertake scientific investigations, analysis and reporting

  • Proven ability to present science to a wide range of audiences, including iwi, stakeholders and community groups

  • Sound understanding of resource management legislation in relation to New Zealand 

  • Strong networking skills and the ability to mentor others

 

You will work alongside highly motivated and experienced scientific and monitoring staff across multidisciplinary projects and also deliver robust science to inform council’s collaborative planning process (whaitua) and regional plan. For further information please contact Mike Harkness, Team Leader, Hydrology at mike.harkness@gw.govt.nz or on 04 830 4167.

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