Local recruitment: Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Wellington, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Location:Wellington
Category:Environmental Science & monitoring
Position Type:Permanent – Full Time
Job Reference:GW/1619452
Attachments:Note clipJob Description – Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer – Hydrology.pdf (PDF, 205KB)
Job Description

We are looking for an experienced Field Hydrologist to join our Hydrology team as a Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer. This is a permanent full-time role based in our central Wellington Office. Applicants for the Masterton office will also be considered. We are looking for someone who is passionate about surface water hydrology, flood warning and preserving our environmental datasets into the future.

About the role:

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing technical leadership for collection, review and quality assurance of continuous hydrological monitoring datasets; leading upgrades, expansion and increasing resilience of our infrastructure and telemetry system; and seeking out technological advancements to instrumentation and communications.

Ideally, you will be capable of taking responsibility for the design, construction and operation of hydrology monitoring assets, utilising a wide assortment of electronic equipment to collect accurate water quality and level information, and have a strong interest in the environment. 

As a senior member of the team, you will be expected to be a leader in your discipline including working closely and communicating effectively with engineers, scientists and other stakeholders, training and mentoring more junior staff or peers, actively participating in leadership discussions and supporting the Team Leader with prioritisation of workload. 

Skills and experience required:

The role will have equal amounts of field and office-based work. You will be 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. Leadership in safety, health and wellbeing is important in the role.

You’ll also be competent in data processing, improvements, and quality assurance; and be involved in data analysis interpretation and reporting. You’ll have some project and/or contractor management skills.

You will need to communicate regularly and effectively 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). You will support other teams within the Environmental Group through more targeted studies to provide joined-up advice across the groundwater, wetlands, surface water quantity and quality and coastal disciplines for our catchments and represent GWRC and Hydrology in the community.

Support for the Wairarapa team in the Eastern region is also part of the role so occasional travel to the Masterton office would be expected.

To succeed in this role you will need:

  • A passion for surface water hydrology, flood management and the environment.
  • 7+ years’ experience installing, maintaining and upgrading environmental monitoring infrastructure and instrumentation, installation and calibration of telemetry systems, field data collection and data management. A proven ability to undertake accurate detailed recording and commitment to data quality.
  • Understanding/knowledge of implementing the National Environmental Monitoring Standards (NEMS) for water level, rainfall, and flow data collection.
  • Have completed Diploma in Field Hydrology or proven equivalent relevant experience.
  • Appropriate education in a relevant environmental field such as hydrology, geography, earth sciences or environmental engineering. Alternatively qualifications or experience in electronics, fabrication instrumentation or control systems.
  • A strong commitment to Health and Safety and ability to demonstrate leadership, specifically with working around water (ability to swim), lone and remote working and on and off-road driving.
  • The ability to work in all weather conditions and able to occasionally work outside of office hours responding to flood events.
  • A full valid driver’s licence.
  • Technical leadership in instrumentation, electrical and communication equipment such as sensors, data loggers, modems and radios or industrial equivalent SCADA, RTU, telemetry, and DC solar power systems.
  • A logical, analytical mind to critically review reports, plans and other technical documents, and to suggest improvements to our practices.
  • A strong customer focus with excellent interpersonal, engagement, communication and relationship management skills.
  • Good computing skills, including experience with GPS, Microsoft Excel and Word
  • 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.
  • Practical skills and be comfortable using tools, building things, digging and getting your hands dirty.
    • Resilience, flexibility, and an ability to work with ambiguity.
    • A collaborative working style, with experience mentoring and willing to share your ideas and expertise with others. Strong team work ethic with experience working in teams, but also an ability to work autonomously where required.
      • The ability to manage multiple projects efficiently, to prioritise competing commitments and proactively manage customer expectations.
      • A broad perspective from the breadth and depth of your experience which may include working with councils, central government, private practice/consulting firms, community, iwi or volunteer groups.

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 work as a team to ensure our data is collected, analysed and interpreted such that decisions can be made that benefit our environment.

Our long-term monitoring sites provide us with data of suitable quality for flood warning, state of the environment, consent compliance monitoring, water allocation decision-making, and prevention of declining groundwater quality and saline intrusion. The Hydrology Team work across Wellington and the Wairarapa to maintain and improve our hydrological data network in a variety of landscapes from the Tararua tops to the foreshore and beaches.

About Greater Wellington:                                                                                 

Every day we put all our energy into protecting and enhancing our region. We carefully balance sustainability with economic growth and protection with expansion.

We’re a growing and diverse region, and it’s our role to protect our environment while also meeting the cultural, social and economic needs of our communities. We’re specifically responsible for environment management, flood protection and land management, provision of regional parks, public transport planning and funding, and metropolitan water supply.

It’s about dealing with today and planning for the future, especially with the challenges of climate change.

What we offer:

We’re all about growing our people through professional development and experience across everything the council does, and we provide a range of benefits that help our staff balance their own lifestyle and work commitments: –

  • Generous leave allowance
  • Medical and trauma insurance
  • “Dress for your day”
  • Subsidised social clubs
  • Modern, new offices

Located in our new Cuba Mall offices, as well as around our beautiful Greater Wellington region, offering real work-life balance working close to home.

How to apply:

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

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

Greater Wellington has a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination requirement for new employees as part of our health and safety risk management framework. This requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated from their start date. Proof of vaccination status will be required as part of our pre-employment process.

Applications close: Friday 13 May 2022

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


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