Instrument Technician

Christchurch, New Zealand
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NIWA is New Zealand's leading environmental science research institute and the key provider of atmospheric, freshwater, marine research and consultancy services. NIWA's Technology and Innovation portfolio has a vacancy within its Instrument Systems team.

The Instrument Systems Team consists of Engineers, Technicians and Scientists who are NIWA's core capability for the provision of design, build, installation, maintenance and operation of environmental sensing systems, including the development and manufacture of related instrumentation and telemetry devices. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team in Christchurch.

A primary role of the position will be the day-to-day operation and management of our Christchurch wet lab, involving the calibration of water quality, water quantity, and some climate related instrumentation. As well as the hands-on aspects of calibration and servicing, the position will involve laboratory management within our ISO9001 quality system and site Health and Safety plans, including safe handling and storage of some hazardous chemicals. There will also be involvement and opportunities in related activities such as instrumentation repairs, system construction, data logger programming, telemetry, and field related activities.

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification and/or experience in instrumentation calibration and servicing, demonstrated competency in electronics and basic chemistry, instrumentation, environmental monitoring (hydrology, water quality and meteorology), and the capability to expand on and learn new technical skill sets. A high degree of organisation, excellent people-communication skills, and a current NZ drivers licence are essential. This position may encompass a range of roles and responsibilities, depending on the particular skills and experience of the successful applicant.

If you are a solution-focused self-starter with a strong customer service ethic, can demonstrate good technical skill, are organised and can work to a deadline, and are a team player who enjoys the dynamics of working within a team dedicated to enhancing environmental monitoring services, then this is the challenge for you!

Instrument Technician - October 2020.pdf