New Zealand nationals: Environmental Monitoring Scientist (Water Quality Casual)

Waikato Regional Council (WRC)

Hamilton, New Zealand 🇳🇿

We want more good people to come and do great things with us.

We love where we live. That’s why we work so hard to look after our region and the people who live and work in the Waikato region.

Our work is as diverse as the region we care for; from the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula to the slopes of Ruapehu. We’ve got ambitious goals and there are some tricky issues, but that’s what makes it so interesting.

We’re looking for a graduate or final year student to cover staff shortfalls who can undertake sampling of rivers, streams, lakes and bathing beaches to assess the condition of the resource and determine the suitability for beneficial uses.

We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate to assist the Environmental monitoring scientist in undertaking monitoring tasks potentially at short notice.

Key tasks this position will be covering for are:

  • Sampling rivers, streams and lakes using the council’s standard operating protocols
  • Sampling of the region’s contact recreation monitoring programme
  • Long days in the field including occasional overnight stays
  • Undertake lakes surface water quality sampling and profiling – to be reasonably comfortable with boat work
  • Calibrate and maintain field instruments
  • Undertake site maintenance to required safety standards
  • Data entry using a tablet or mobile phone app and process quality assured data to council’s sample management system and databases
  • Carrying field equipment – requiring a reasonable level of fitness
  • Assisting environmental monitoring and science staff with other projects as they arise and associated field or office work
  • Driving potentially long distances using manual transmission vehicles
  • Maintaining a high level of commitment to Health and Safety
  • Riparian monitoring – Walking along river banks identifying plants and erosion areas.
  • Being a team player, with great communication

To be successful in this role, the candidate should be a graduate or final year student in natural, physical or environmental sciences or a related discipline. Previous experience undertaking freshwater ecological surveys is desirable but not essential. Ideally, the candidate is a team player who enjoys working outdoors and is passionate about the environment.

This role will be a casual as required role likely to be a few days a week from November 2020 until approximately March 2021.

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