New Zealand nationals: Senior Scientist (Groundwater)

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Wairarapa, New Zealand 🇳🇿

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Groundwater Scientist to join our Hydrology Team within the Environmental Science Department. This position is full time, based in the Masterton office and ideally suited to a senior role.

About Greater Wellington:

Greater Wellington Regional Council is responsible for regulating the use of the region’s natural resources and has a vision for the region to be healthy, resilient and engaged. Ensuring we have uninterrupted access to drinking water, staying safe from the threat of flooding, protecting and enhancing the environment, improving the quality of our fresh water, ensuring we are all connected through our public transport network and planning ahead for the potential impact of climate change across our region. We’re people who are genuinely passionate about the work we do, because we believe what we do counts.

We have a fantastic organisational culture that values strategic thinking, innovation, equality. We provide a diverse range of benefits including working options that help our staff balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. We’re also all about growing our people through professional development and experience across everything the council does

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the management of water resources and contribute to the development of groundwater science in the Wellington region.  You will be expected to focus on the groundwater quantity and quality issues of the Wairarapa area in the main, but also contribute to work processes across the wider Region.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications in groundwater, hydrogeology or water resource management
  • A solid understanding of hydrogeological principles
  • A working knowledge of groundwater quantity and quality monitoring techniques
  • Experience in undertaking or overseeing scientific investigations including groundwater modelling, groundwater allocation limits, assessment of resource consent applications, and groundwater quality monitoring programmes
  • Knowledge of applying numerical modelling methods to groundwater issues
  • A high level of written skills, including a demonstrated ability to undertake scientific investigations, analysis and reporting
  • Proven ability to present science to a wide range of audiences, including iwi, stakeholders and community groups
  • Sound understanding of resource management legislation in relation to New Zealand 
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to mentor others

You will work alongside highly motivated and experienced scientific and monitoring staff across multidisciplinary projects and also deliver robust science to inform council’s collaborative planning process (whaitua) and regional plan.

How to apply:

Click on the “Apply” link to view the job description and to apply for the role with a cover letter and CV.

For further information please contact Louise Algeo, Team Leader, Hydrology at [email protected] or 04 830 4305.

Applications close: Sunday, 22 November 2020.

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