Science Analyst (Hydrology)

Environment Canterbury Regional Council

Christchurch, , NZ

Are you interested in joining a team that is passionate about Canterbury’s waterways?  Do you gain great satisfaction from maintaining and providing robust and highly valued datasets? Do you enjoy working with databases? Do you pride yourself on providing excellent support to those collecting and using data? Then become an integral part of our Surface Water Hydrology team as we monitor and analyse rainfall and flow data from across the region.

Our Hydrology field teams run a network of continuous water level, flow and rainfall monitoring sites across Canterbury.  The data we collect supports our science team, and informs decision making about the management of Canterbury’s surface water resources.

As the successful applicant you will work alongside both the science and field teams. You will aid with the collection, processing and archiving of water quantity data and ensure that data processing and quality checks are carried out to a high standard.  You will respond to public requests for data and liaise with internal and external parties to ensure our data is accurate and available to the public on LAWA. You will extract data and perform a range of analysis to enable the science team to deliver good advice, while continuing to develop your programming skills to help support our team objectives.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate:

  • Attention to detail and a methodical nature

  • The ability to identify, investigate and resolve data issues

  • The vision to develop and improve data processes

  • Experience in database management

  • Good communication and relationship building skills

  • Programming experience, or an interest in developing in this area

  • A positive and inclusive team attitude

  • A knowledge of environmental data collection processes would be helpful but not essential

You will require a master’s degree in a relevant field, or a bachelor’s degree plus 2 years professional experience. Occasional field work will be required so a full driver’s license and an ability to swim are also essential.

This position is based in our Christchurch office working with a fantastic and engaged team of professionals. 

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IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development