Catchment Modeller - Hamilton

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PhD Scholarships to study environmental hydrology and water quality at Massey University,

Palmerston North, New Zealand

We invite applications for three (3) PhD scholarships to study; nutrient sources, flow pathways and attenuation, high-resolution water quality monitoring and in-stream nutrient cycling in catchments dominated by pastoral landuse in the lower North Island. Our initial research indicates that nitrogen loads measured in the study rivers are significantly smaller than the estimates of nitrogen leached from the root zone in their catchments. We are looking for highly motivated research students to further develop novel methods and techniques to trace, measure, and model a range of processes including; diffuse nutrient flow pathways from farms to rivers, nitrogen attenuation capacity in different hydrogeologic subsurface environments, high-resolution water quality parameters in streams and rivers, and in-stream nutrient cycling in sensitive agricultural catchments. These research projects will include field work, laboratory analysis, and simulation modelling components. 

The first PhD project (RSA) will aim to develop novel tools and techniques to measure and trace nutrient losses and flow pathways from diffuse sources in the study catchment. The successful candidate is likely to have an Honours or Masters degree or equivalent, preferably with some research experience, in an area related to soil science, catchment hydrology, environmental tracers, and water quality. 

The second PhD project (RSB) 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 spatially variable 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, in an area related to the biogeochemistry of soils, geological strata and groundwater quality. 

The third PhD project (RSC) will focus on high-resolution measurements and assessment of water quantity and quality parameters (e.g. nutrient concentrations and periphyton growth) and investigate in-stream nutrient cycling in selected streams and rivers in the study area. The successful candidate is likely to have an Honours or Masters degree or equivalent, preferably with some research experience, in an area related to catchment hydrology, surface water quality monitoring, and nutrient cycling in streams and rivers. 

The successful candidates must demonstrate good communication and writing skills, show an ability to take initiatives, 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.  Massey University FLRC has a strong team of scientists in the area of environmental hydrology, hydrogeology, and soil and earth sciences.  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 Soil and Earth 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 ( their application including a short description of their research interests, skills and experiences along with a detailed CV.  They should include a sample of their scientific writing (e.g. a published article or conference paper), and three academic references by 15th October 2017.  Please specify in your application which of the PhD positions described above that you are applying for. 

For further information, please contact Dr Ranvir Singh ( at Massey University.



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Hydrology Technician

• Specialist knowledge and support

• Reporting of and response to failures/defects

• Related documentation and procedure updates

Genesis Energy's differentiated operating strategy places a strong focus on adding value to the Energy Management solutions available to New Zealanders. Genesis Energy is a nationally significant $2.1 billion NZX/ASX listed Energy Utility Company; we are New Zealand's largest energy retailer with over 600,000 energy connections into businesses and homes nationwide, with 900 employees and nine operational sites across New Zealand.

We have an opportunity for a self-motivated and energetic individual to work within our Generation and Wholesale team based at Tokaanu Power Station. Working in a small team your role will primarily focus on providing specialist knowledge and support of the Renewable Energy hydrology networks and associated equipment to ensure the reliability and continuity of information being supplied to the distributed control system and maintaining compliance with Genesis Energy's Resource Consent requirements.
This includes undertaking hydrology investigations, roll-out, testing and implementation of new hydrology technologies, systems and processes. You will utilise the Computerised Maintenance Management System to capture all plant knowledge and reporting as well as updating all hydrology related documentation and records.

You must have a minimum of 3-5 years' experience maintaining a hydrometric network undertaking flow gaugings and maintaining flow ratings. You must be able to demonstrate proven experience in the management and archiving of hydrological data. Along with core competencies, this position requires someone with excellent communication skills, computer literacy, attention to detail, strong focus on quality and health and safety awareness. A relevant tertiary degree and/or experience using Hilltop or other hydrology data management and analytics software is essential.

A driver's licence is essential as there are times when you will be required to travel to other sites. It is expected
that the successful candidate would live within reasonable proximity of the power scheme. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity in a great environment, where you can really make a difference then we would like to hear from you, please apply online!

Contact for this role: Janet Steffert 07 838 7819

Closing date for applications: 31 August 2017

At Genesis Energy, you can Play your Part in our success. We Keep it Simple, Make it Happen, and Do what's Right.

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Principal Scientist – Groundwater Quality

Technical Futures are New Zealand's leading, independent Recruitment and Search Consultant specialising in the built environment, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors.

Fancy a move to the sunny Hawke's Bay? We are looking for a Principal Scientist who would be interested in taking on a challenging and rewarding role at Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

Are you interested in working for an innovative and progressive Council while enjoying all the benefits of a great lifestyle region?

This is a fantastic opportunity to act as council's Technical Expert, managing groundwater quality monitoring and hydrogeological investigation programmes across the region. You will deliver information that helps manage regional natural resources, with opportunity to distinguish yourself as a scientist.

Sounding like your new role? Do you have the skills?  Recognised tertiary qualification in an environmental science or
engineering discipline, with a specific hydrogeology post-graduate qualification.

At least five years relevant experience.

Previous experience effectively managing complex (multi-disciplinary, multi-agency and multi-objective) technical projects.

An ability to design and manage routine monitoring programmes and specific investigation programmes

Advanced computer skills

Excellent report writing, compelling presentation skills and strong stakeholder management

To discuss this role in confidence, please contact Samantha Calvert on (09)304 1700 or 021 108 1575 or Chris McKinney on 021 990 271 or email your CV in confidence to






Senior Water Resource Engineer/Scientist

· Leading research and water and land management consultancy

· Develop and grow Aqualinc North Island water and land business

· Hamilton based 

About the Company

Aqualinc Research Ltd. is a leading New Zealand research and water and land management consultancy. They work closely with primary industries, Local Government and government agencies to achieve world-class water and land management. The company is committed to a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of their business.

Due to current and projected growth Aqualinc is looking to appoint a Senior Water Resource Engineer/Scientist to join their Water & Land team. You will be responsible for Business Development and the delivery of technical projects in the North Island.

Role and responsibilities

o Develop and grow Aqualinc North Island business and continue to build Aqualinc's excellent existing reputation, through the delivery of technical work and business development

o Identify new clients, and develop relationships with the key decision makers

o Plan, manage and develop the growth strategy for Aqualinc's range of services in the North Island

o Manage projects and undertake the technical work to meet our clients' expectations

o Develop and manage business proposals and respond to RfP to meet clients requirements

o Translate market demands into business opportunities

o Identify opportunities to expand the customer base and Aqualinc's service portfolio

o Prepare and manage contracts consistent with company guidelines

o Ensure a successful delivery of secured new work to the team

Skills and experience

o Relevant experience required of a minimum of 8 to 10 years' experience in a similar role

o Existing established relationships with key stakeholders in the water and environment space in the North Island

o Background in a water related industry, ideally in a water resources environment

o Understanding of land use and water quality/quantity issues in NZ

o Technical experience in some of the following areas;

         - Hydrogeology

         - Groundwater modelling

         - Irrigation water requirements

         - Nutrient management

         - Irrigation management

         - Farm environment plans

         - Land based waste treatment

o Ability to think strategically and see the 'big picture'

o Excellent presentation and communication skills

Please apply now or contact Helen Rutter on 03 964 6516 for a confidential discussion.






Irrigation Scientist/Engineer - NIWA, Christchurch

NIWA is New Zealand's leading provider of natural resources and environmental research and applied science services, specialising in atmospheric, climate, freshwater and marine research, with more than 600 staff in 15 sites around New Zealand.

We are seeking an early-career Irrigation Scientist/Engineer to join NIWA's large, collegial and highly-skilled hydrology team, to contribute to NIWA's hydrological science and instrument system groups in supporting and developing NIWA's science services in the irrigation management area.  Specific project topics may include irrigation systems consultancy, design and establishment of on-farm instrumentation, training end-users in accessing and processing irrigation and drainage data within hydrology models.  Many of the projects will be multidisciplinary and the project teams may include resource management and water quality scientists, ecologists, geomorphologists, catchment modellers, climatologists, engineers and planners in addition to hydrologists.

We are seeking a positive team player who is enthusiastic about contributing to hydrological science for the benefit of New Zealand, and has a proactive, problem-solving attitude.  The successful candidate will have a Masters or Doctoral degree with experience in hydrology, irrigation hydrology, hydro-meterology or a closely related field.  At least two years experience with irrigation projects and hydrological process investigations with a focus on soil-water-vegetation interaction, and proven ability to work in a multi-stakeholder environment are essential attributes.  Also desirable would be knowledge of good practice irrigation principles relevant to New Zealand conditions, a demonstrated ability in the manipulation and analysis of large environmental datasets and experience of field instrumentation design, set-up and operation.

Closing date 1 September 2017

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Jon Williamson

Senior Hydrogeologist or Water Resource Scientist

Williamson Water Advisory (WWA) is seeking a motivated, ambitious, and technically strong professional with a university degree (preferably MSc or above) in relevant fields to undertake a highly specialised range of hydrogeological and/or hydrological modelling and project management.  WWA was established in January 2015 and is a NZ based, employee owned, niche water consultancy. We pride ourselves on our client focus, extremely high standard of technical expertise and achieving our aim of becoming long term trusted advisors.

This position represents an opportunity for a candidate with the talent and aptitude to become a future owner of the business and share in our success.

WWA are located in the rapidly growing Norwest of Auckland, which provides opportunities to avoid rush hour traffic and explore the many recreational pursuits that the area has to offer outside of work hours. Given our increasing workload are looking to develop our business with likeminded professionals who value technical excellence, professional challenge and growth, and strong client relationships.
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The successful candidate(s) will require a strong understanding and experience in modelling, and will undertake technical work, manage projects, supervise staff and maintain strong client relationships in the following areas (depending on the candidate(s) expertise):

· Groundwater, catchment hydrology, water quality modelling;

· Assessment of environmental effects from development and land use change;

· Preparation of water related resource consent applications;

· Water related RMA planning;

· Environmental field investigations including water quantity and quality monitoring;

· Geological logging and geological model construction;

· Groundwater bore design and procurement;

· Construction contract administration.

If you are interested in discussing these positions with WWA, please contact Jon Williamson on +64-21-65-4422 or send a cover letter and CV to
















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