Quantitative Freshwater Ecologist


Christchurch, New Zealand 🇳🇿

  • Full time, permanent role (37.5 hours per week)
  • Preferably based in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • $75,000 to $95,000, depending on skills and experience

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 Quantitative Ecologist to contribute to and lead the modelling and analysis of data to support water resources management. This is an outstanding opportunity for a quantitative scientist to turn their skills into real impact on government and industry in Aotearoa – New Zealand. Specific projects may include analysis of time series, development and refinement of river flow-response models, modelling the response of communities and food webs to changes in water quality, and applications of decision science to facilitate decision making under deep uncertainty.

We are seeking a very positive team player, with highly developed written and verbal communication skills and a proactive, problem-solving attitude.

What you will bring:

To be successful in this position you will have a PhD in environmental science or statistics with well-developed computer programming skills (e.g., R, Matlab). You should have expertise in statistical analysis, simulation modelling, and the tidying and wrangling of large data sets. The successful applicant will have a sound knowledge of freshwater ecology and freshwater management issues, and a strong desire to apply their skills at the interface between science and environmental policy and management.

Preferred candidates will have experience in consulting services in aquatic science and management; and will be able to demonstrate how they have worked at the interface between research that generates data and then uses data to develop models.

A bit about the position:

The preferred location for this position is Ōtautahi/Christchurch, a revitalised city in the heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s South Island. NIWA’s Christchurch office is situated near Hagley Park, with easy access to public transport options as well as free parking for staff. Along with remuneration in the range $75,000 to $95,000, depending on skills and experience, we offer a wide range of benefits and the opportunity to be part of a nationwide team of world class freshwater specialists.

The position involves working a 37.5 hour week. 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 #: 49581
Posted on: 20 Jan 2023
Closes on: 05 Feb 2023 23:55
Location(s): Christchurch
Expertise: Marine & Freshwater Science
Job level(s): Scientist
Work type(s): Permanent
More details (document): Quantitative Freshwater Ecologist PD – Dec 2022.pdf





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development