New Zealand nationals: Senior / Environmental Scientist, Water Resources

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Wairarapa, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Greater Wellington has an exciting and rare opportunity for an enthusiastic Water Resources Scientist to join our Hydrology Team within our Environmental Science Department. This is a full time role based in our Masterton office. As the successful candidate for this role, you’ll have the flexibility and autonomy you need to effectively investigate water resources for the Eastern region of Greater Wellington Regional Council.

About Greater Wellington:

There’s a lot more to us than meets the eye. Here at Greater Wellington Regional Council, we’re working on the big things that will impact everyone in our region. 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,  planning ahead for the potential impact of climate change across our region and regulating the use of the region’s natural resources.

Greater Wellington Regional Council has a vision for the region to be healthy, resilient and engaged. We have a fantastic organisational culture that values strategic thinking, innovation, equality and flexible working arrangements. We’re people who are genuinely passionate about the work we do and our wonderful region.

About the Hydrology Team

High-quality environmental data is key to good decision-making, and across the Greater Wellington region the Hydrology Team plays a critical role in this. Our team includes Monitoring Officers, Environmental Scientists and Data Analysts that work as a team to ensure that we can provide evidence based science for flood warning, consent compliance monitoring, water allocation decision-making, and prevention of declining groundwater quality and saline intrusion.

Our Hydrology team is based across both the Wellington and the Wairarapa regions, and while there is a focus on management of our local catchments, we ensure we work collaboratively in order to get the job done.

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the management of our precious water resources and contribute to the development of surface water and groundwater science in the Wellington region.  As our ideal candidate for the role, you’ll focus on the water resource issues within the Wairarapa area, but also contribute to work processes across the wider Region. You’ll work across multidisciplinary projects to deliver robust science to inform council’s collaborative planning process (whaitua) and regional plan.

Ideally we are after a Senior Scientist, however we are open to helping to grow and develop an intermediate level candidate that is able to demonstrate the passion, commitment, and motivation that this role requires. 

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications in hydrology, groundwater, hydrogeology, environmental science or water resource management
  • A solid understanding of hydrological and hydrogeological principles
  • A working knowledge of groundwater quantity and quality monitoring techniques
  • Experience in undertaking or overseeing scientific investigations including groundwater modelling, water allocation limit setting, assessment of resource consent applications, and groundwater quality monitoring programmes
  • Knowledge of applying numerical modelling methods to water resources 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

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you! Check out the job description and apply via the “Apply” link with a cover letter and CV.

For further information please contact Louise Algeo, Team Leader, Hydrology at [email protected]

Applications close: Wednesday 26 May 2021

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