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Modelling Scientist, Environmental Water Research

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and ambitious modelling scientist interested in carrying out leading-edge research and research-based consulting on flow and reactive contaminant transport modelling in the vadose zone - saturated zone - surface water continuum. To be successful in this position, you will have excellent computational skills combined with sound hydrogeological understanding and the desire and capability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team. This role offers significant career development opportunities, with the potential opportunity to advance to Principal Scientist within 5 years.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A PhD in Hydrology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or similar.
  • Five years’ experience in establishing, conducting and managing excellent research and development.
  • Ability to address complex research questions collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop conceptual groundwater models based on sound assessment of various relevant information sources (climate, hydrogeology, geophysics etc.).
  • Techniques to coherently analyse and model water fluxes in the unsaturated zone - saturated zone - surface water continuum at the catchment and sub-catchment scales.
  • Expertise in development, calibration and uncertainty analysis of numerical groundwater models that adequately simulate surface water - groundwater exchanges.
  • Programming/scripting capability (e.g. Python, C++) to develop or adopt innovative modelling approaches in response to specific hydrological and/or hydrogeochemical research questions.

The full position description for this role is available here. If you have any queries, please contact Kirsty Macdonald, HR Manager, 

To be considered for this role, please apply via Seek - click on the `Apply Now’ button and submit your current CV and cover letter. All applications must be received no later than 5 pm, 27 July 2019.





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Environmental Scientist - Freshwater


Job Description


Do you have a passion for sustainable freshwater management? Are you a freshwater ecologist looking to develop your career with a varied range of work with aquatic ecosystems and water quality?


An exciting opportunity is now available within Council’s Environment Monitoring and Science section.


This position contributes to the sustainable management of water resources by:


  • Carrying out State of the Environment monitoring, data analysis and reporting around water quality and aquatic ecosystems
  • Provide technical support and input to resource consents, compliance and policy development
  • Assisting with the development of regional monitoring programmes and providing input to Resource Management Act and Local Government Act policies, plans and bylaws
  • Develop and implement quality assurance systems to ensure water quality, aquatic ecosystem and other environmental data is collected, managed and analysed correctly.


You will need a relevant degree and will use your knowledge of freshwater ecosystems and science to lead state of the environment monitoring programmes for aquatic ecosystem health and water quality, and inputting to critical resource management decisions which affect the freshwater environment.


This role plays a key role within Council enabling the better management of our freshwater resources.  We are seeking someone with two years or more experience in freshwater ecology.


Your strong science skills will be complemented by a can do attitude and a keenness for involvement in both fieldwork and management of the critical environmental data which is collected.


If you think you have what it takes and can see yourself contributing to our community, we would love to hear from you!


 Please contact Lois Easton for further information.


Applications Close:  10am, Wednesday 5th June 2019.


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 Job Description - Environmental Scientist - Freshwater


Job Location


Gisborne, Gisborne (Tūranga nui a Kiwa), New Zealand






Software Developer - NIWA



NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders. NIWA is New Zealand's largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science. We work at the forefront of some of the most critical environmental issues facing the planet, and our staff of more than 650 are recognised as international experts in their field.


We are seeking an experienced software developer to join our busy hydrology team to contribute to the development of software for data capture, management, analysis and modelling. Our successful candidate will have a relevant tertiary qualification in the area of software development, or in the area of hydrology and a background in scientific research and software development. Ideally you will have at least 2-3 years' work experience in a relevant field, along with excellent programming and data analysis skills and advanced data management abilities. Experience with the development of advanced numerical simulation models and a knowledge of statistical analysis techniques would also be beneficial.


If you are a strong team player with a proactive, problem-solving approach and excellent communication and organisational skills who is looking to work with a group of dedicated professionals in a supportive environment, this could be the job for you.

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03 928 0620
New Zealand Hydrological Society,
PO Box 12300, Thorndon,
Wellington 6144

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