Local recruitment: Environmental Monitoring Officer, Hydrology (Casual)

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Wairarapa, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Category:Environmental Science & monitoring
Position Type:Casual
Job Reference:GW/1584356
Attachments:Note clip20211116 JD EMO Casual.pdf (PDF, 515KB)
Job Description

Application Fact Sheet.pdf (PDF, 252KB)

We are looking for an enthusiastic Environmental Monitoring Officer to join our Hydrology team on a casual basis (approximately two to three days per week) in the Masterton Office who has a keen interest in learning about surface water hydrology and flood warning; and is passionate about preserving our environmental datasets into the future.

The successful candidate will be responsible for collection, review and quality assurance of continuous hydrological monitoring datasets through on-site maintenance of structures, and telemetry and instrumentation systems. As such we are keen to hear from Electricians, Controls Technicians, Builders and Survey Technicians, as well as experienced Field Hydrologists.

About Greater Wellington:

We’re people who are genuinely passionate about the work we do, because we believe what we do counts. We’re working on the big things that will impact everyone in our region. Ensuring we have uninterrupted access to drinking water, staying safe from the threat of flooding, protecting and enhancing the environment, improving the quality of our fresh water, ensuring we are all connected through our public transport network and planning ahead for the potential impact of climate change across our region.

About the Hydrology Team:

High-quality environmental data is key to good decision-making, and across the Greater Wellington region, the Hydrology Team plays a critical role in this. Our team includes Environmental Monitoring Officers, Scientists and Data Analysts who are passionate about surface water hydrology, groundwater and flood management. We work as a team to ensure priority long term monitoring continues to be of suitable quality for flood warning, consent compliance monitoring, water allocation decision-making, and prevention of declining groundwater quality and saline intrusion. We work across Wellington and the Wairarapa to maintain our hydrological data network in a variety of landscapes from the Tararua tops to the foreshore and beaches.

About the role:

Ideally, you will be capable of utilising a wide assortment of electronic equipment to collect accurate information, be interested in design, construction and operation of hydrological monitoring assets, and have good communication skills.

This role will be primarily field based, working in a variety of environments and terrains, in all weather conditions which can be physically demanding and challenging. You will therefore need to be physically fit, confident in and around rivers (ability to swim), comfortable working at heights and/or in remote locations, be able to safely operate a manual vehicle in 4WD, and happy to have a yarn with landowners and members of the public. Training and support for these activities will also be provided.

Additionally, there will be some office based work so you’ll carry out data processing, quality assurance, and have involvement in data analysis and project/contractor management. You will need to communicate regularly with the rest of the team and Environmental Science department, be able to maintain good working relationships with other departments (key teams include ICT and Flood Protection), and represent GWRC and Hydrology in the community. Some occasional travel to the Wairarapa to support the team in the Eastern region would be expected.

As an intermediate member of the team, you will be expected to bring a high level of enthusiasm for field work and the discipline and seek out ways to learn from the expertise around you and develop your skills to become a future leader in hydrological monitoring.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Enthusiasm to learn and develop.
  • Strict attention to detail and commitment to data quality.
  • A logical, analytical mind with proven problem solving ability.
  • Strong customer focus.
  • The ability to be a team player who can work autonomously where required
  • Excellent interpersonal, engagement and relationship management skills
  • Good computing skills, including experience with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Resilience, flexibility, and an ability to work with ambiguity.
  • The ability to work in all weather conditions and able to occasionally work outside of office hours responding to flood events.
  • The ability to manage multiple small projects efficiently, to prioritise competing commitments and proactively manage customer expectations.
  • A strong commitment to health and safety.
  • Ability to swim and confidence working in and around water.
  • A full driver’s licence.

It would be beneficial if you have Field Hydrology skills / experience and have:

  • Experience working with environmental monitoring instrumentation, electrical and communication equipment such as sensors, data loggers, modems and radios or industrial equivalent SCADA, RTU, telemetry, and DC solar power systems.
  • Practical skills and be comfortable using tools, building things, digging and getting your hands dirty.
  • Appropriate education in a relevant environmental field such as hydrology, geography, earth sciences or environmental engineering. Alternatively qualifications or experience in electronics, instrumentation or control systems and an interest to learn our science will be useful.
  • Understanding/knowledge of the National Environmental Monitoring Standards (NEMS) for environmental data collection.
  • Data management experience including using time series data management software such as TIDEDA, HILLTOP, HYDSTRA or AQUARIUS.
  • Topographical survey experience as basic levelling work will be part of the role.
  • Working towards or interest in obtaining New Zealand Diploma in Field Hydrology.
  • Experience/leadership in field data collection and data management or ability to undertake accurate detailed recording

How to apply

Click on the link to view the job description and to apply with a cover letter and CV.

For further information please contact Louise Algeo, Team Leader – Hydrology [email protected]

Applications close: Wednesday 24 November 2021

Due to current border restrictions from the New Zealand Government we are only able to accept applications from candidates who are a New Zealand Citizen/Resident or who have already secured the right to work in New Zealand and hold a valid visa. For further information, please visit www.immigration.govt.nz