Wastewater Scientist (Te Kuwaha)

Hamilton, , NZ

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

Our Te Kūwaha team is a key resource within NIWA, providing expertise in environmental research with a strong Māori focus. The vision of Te Kūwaha is to position NIWA as Āotearoa’s leading and trusted science provider of innovative water and atmospheric research solutions in collaborative partnerships that benefit hapū, iwi, Māori communities and Māori business.

We are looking for a motivated, experienced Wastewater Scientist to contribute to work within NIWA’s Te Kuwaha team, that will co-develop and implement research on wastewater treatment technologies with our Māori partners.  We anticipate the position developing novel ecocultural technologies for treating wastewater from Marae and rural communities, and drainage water from agricultural land.

This exciting position will also be expected to build and lead a range of projects in the water quality area, that service the needs of Māori (whānau/hapū/iwi and economic entities). You will be required to develop research opportunities, prepare proposals, plan research, manage projects and complete reports and research publications.

For the position you will need relevant tertiary qualifications (BSc or BE, MSc or ME or PhD) and relevant experience in conducting environmental research, culturally appropriate wastewater treatment, environmental engineering, bioremediation, sustainability research, aquatic pollution resource recovery and renewable energy, social/humanities research and Mātauranga Māori. You must have demonstrated experience in working with Māori to meet their research priorities and aspirations.  An in-depth knowledge and understanding of tikanga and Te Reo Māori is essential.

NIWA offers competitive remuneration and benefits, free parking and a great working culture.