Applications are being sought for the following:
Research Assistants (x2) - 7 months Fixed Term part time 20 hrs/week
Do you want to work for an organisation recognised for our expertise, science, innovation, and leadership in making the Region a great place to live, work and play?
Ensuring our rivers, lakes and beaches are suitable for swimming and bathing is an important part of the monitoring and research Horizons undertakes. With summer just around the corner, we are now seeking two Research Assistants to work alongside our team of scientists to collect, collate and manage data from our favourite swimming and recreation spots across our large and diverse region. You'll also be helping out with our wider water quality monitoring programmes and learning some practical field skills along the way.
Skills and experience in water quality monitoring (sample collection) are preferred, but not essential, as we will provide training for the right candidates. Suitable candidates should hold or be working towards a Bachelor of Science or similar degree, and preferably a post-graduate qualification in a relevant natural science. Knowledge of freshwater chemistry, environmental management or ecology is preferred, as is an ability to confidently communicate scientific information to the public. Successful candidates will require a full drivers license, and be confident working safely in and around water.
Based in Palmerston North, these seven month, fixed-term positions will have you out and about throughout our beautiful region from October through until May 2019. Applicants must be willing and available to work at least one day during the weekend. If you enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather, are approachable and comfortable engaging with the public, and enjoy being part of a young and dynamic team - this just might be the role for you. Interested? Here's the job in action
Applications close 5pm Wednesday 26 September 2018.
Sound like what you are looking for?
For information on this position, including a job description and application form, please go to our website http://www.horizons.govt.nz/careers/job-vacancies/research-assistant or contact our Customer Services Team on freephone 0508 800 800.
Project Manager Managed Aquifer Recharge fixed term – two years
Gisborne District Council is working together with our communities to make our people proud by placing our customers at the heart of everything we do. Tairawhiti is the first place to see the light and we're dedicated to making our region the first choice for people and lifestyle, environment, economy and culture.
We are seeking applications for an experienced Project Manager with a background in groundwater, hydrology or water engineering. You will lead the implementation of this innovative trial to improve groundwater levels and test Managed Aquifer Recharge technology within our Tairawhiti region.
To be successful in this role you will have:
• formal project management qualification/tertiary qualification in relevant field
• prior project and budget management skills
• sound interpretative, analytical and problem solving skills
• understanding of groundwater infrastructure and its management
• strong project management skills and experience
• exceptional relationship building and communication skills
• self-starter with prioritisation and time management skills
• prior facilitation and presentation experience
• understanding of Resource Management and Local Government Acts.
• Current NZ drivers licence
Our team is dedicated to making a difference within our Tairāwhiti region. In return we can offer you a challenging and varied work and great lifestyle living in sunny Gisborne. If this sounds like you and could see yourself contributing to our community, we would love to hear from you!
For further information please visit our website or contact Lois Easton.
Applications Close: 10am, Thursday 13th September 2018.
Apply Online www.gdc.govt.nz
PO Box 747 Gisborne 4040
PHONE 06 867 8049
PhD Scholarships to study environmental hydrology and water quality at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
We invite applications for two (2) PhD scholarships to study; nutrient sources, flow pathways and their attenuation in catchments dominated by pastoral landuse in the lower North Island.
The first PhD project (PhD1) will aim to develop methods and models to assess and map the influences of different catchment characteristics (e.g. topography, soil types, underlying geology, groundwater chemistry) on the spatial variability of nitrogen attenuation capacity in the subsurface environment across the study catchment. The successful candidate is likely to have a Masters degree or equivalent, preferably with some research experience related to nutrient losses from agricultural soils, biogeochemical processes in soil-water systems, geological strata and groundwater quality.
The second PhD project (PhD2) will aim to develop an integrated, catchment-scale modelling framework to evaluate different management and mitigation practices to reduce loads of key water contaminants to streams and rivers in the study catchment. The successful candidate is likely to have an Honours or Masters degree or equivalent, with some research experience related to land use, catchment hydrology, water quality, hydrological and water quality modelling, and GIS analysis. Knowledge and experience with relevant modelling software and programming (e.g. Matlab, R) are preferable.
The successful candidates must demonstrate good communication and writing skills, show an ability to take initiative, and be a good team member. The positions are open to both New Zealand and international candidates.
The PhD studies are part of a collaborative research programme between Massey University's Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre (FLRC) and Horizons Regional Council. Horizons Regional Council manages the natural resources of the Manawatu-Wanganui Region of New Zealand. The Council has extensive datasets of; regional geographical information, the quantity and quality of surface waters and groundwaters, and hydrogeological surveys of the region (https://www.lawa.org.nz/explore-data/manawatu-wanganui-region/). Massey University FLRC has a strong team of scientists in the area of environmental hydrology, hydrogeology, and soil and earth sciences (http://www.massey.ac.nz/~flrc/). The successful PhD candidates will enjoy full support, guidance and supervision from both University staff and Horizons Regional Council scientists. The PhD candidates will be enrolled within the Environmental Sciences Group at the Turitea Campus of Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
The Scholarship will pay NZ $27,000 per annum plus fees for a maximum of 3 years.
Interested candidates are invited to send Dr Ranvir Singh (email@example.com) their application including a short description of their research interests, skills and experiences along with a detailed CV. They should also include a sample of their scientific writing (e.g. a published article or conference paper) and name and contact details of three academic referees by 30th September 2018.
Please specify in your application which of the PhD positions described above that you are applying for. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview in the final selection process.
For further information, please contact Dr Ranvir Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Massey University.
Dr Ranvir Singh
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Hydrology and Soil Science
Environmental Sciences Group, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
Phone: + 64 6 356 9099 extn 84868
Fax: + 64 6 350 5632