Freshwater Fish Ecologist 


Hamilton, New Zealand 🇳🇿

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation and New Zealand’s largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science. Our core purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide an understanding of climate and the atmosphere, and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

What we’re looking for:

We are seeking a Freshwater Fish Ecologist to contribute to and lead research and consultancy work that supports water resources management. Specific project topics may range include water allocation, physical habitat modelling and ecological flow requirements, and ecological indicator development with a focus on the restoration of aquatic ecosystems. The position’s primary focus is to carry out research and consulting projects that will:

  • Develop and champion NIWA tools that ensure freshwater resource management decision-making is based on the best ecological information, particularly with respect to maintaining fish and invertebrate communities.
  • Providing internal and external advice on technical approaches to achieve national and regional policy objectives for ecosystem health.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with councils, government agencies and stakeholder groups (including Māori and iwi).
  • Secure consulting revenue for NIWA through preparation of proposals and tenders, and client relationship building.

Qualified candidates will have advanced skills that will complement the NIWA team’s existing strengths.  These will include ability to quantify stressor-response relationships for aquatic biota, particularly in the context of multiple and/or cumulative stressors, and experience with migratory species ecology and management.

What you will bring:

  • A PhD in environmental science (ecology, fisheries, hydrology or similar).
  • At least three years of experience post-PhD in a research or consulting position
  • Experience with freshwater science and management issues, including ecological flow requirements, conservation biology, including threatened species life history and population modelling, and experience with river restoration design and practice.
  • A very positive team player, with highly developed written and verbal communication skills and a proactive, problem-solving attitude.

We don’t expect perfection in our candidates – if you think you have what it takes, but don’t meet every point referenced in the position description, please still get in touch!

NIWA offers flexible working options (e.g., part-time, flexible start and finish times). We are happy to discuss potential flexible options for this position at the interview stage.

NIWA promotes the importance and value of an inclusive and diverse workforce, including the Rainbow Community, and pride ourselves on being a family-friendly and supportive workplace.

Job Details

Crown research institute: NIWA
Reference #: 45780
Posted on: 21 Jun 2022
Closes on; 10 Jul 2022 23:55
Location(s): Hamilton
Expertise: Hydrogeology, Marine & Freshwater Science
Job level(s): Scientist
Work type(s): Permanent
More details (document): Freshwater Fish Ecologist – June 2022.pdf