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Job Listings




Environmental Monitoring Technician - Dunedin Field Team - NIWA 

NIWA is New Zealand's leading environmental research institute and the key provider of atmospheric, freshwater and marine research and consultancy services.

Our South Island Field Team Group has an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated technician.  This position will assist in providing data collection, archiving, and analysis for the nationally significant databases of Hydrometric, Climate and Water Quality, and also collection of other environmental data and field surveys across a range of clients such as hydrometric projects for energy, irrigation companies, and councils.

A significant component of the work involves maintaining telemetered data collection systems for networks of river flow, rainfall and water quality monitoring stations to expected ISO and NEMS quality standards.

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification or experience in environmental monitoring (specificially hydrology and meteorology data collection), knowledge of data-loggers or electronic instrumentation, a love of the great outdoors and the capability to expand on and learn new technical skill sets.  Confidence around water (rivers, lakes) and swimming ability is preferred.  A driver's license and excellent people-communication skills are essential.  You will be based in the Dunedin area and work throughout the Southland and Central Otago regions and have the ability to travel away from Dunedin for short work trips.  You will have the privilege of working in some of New Zealand's most scenic and remote landscapes and experience a wide variety of weather and environmental conditions.

If you are a self-starter with a strong customer service ethic, can demonstrate good data collection and technical skills, and are a team player who enjoys the dynamics of contributing within a team dedicated to enhancing our environmental monitoring service, then this is the challenge for you!

Applications close: 31 March 2018

Apply HERE 





Strategy & Science - Environmental Scientist/Senior Environmental Scientist


Do you want to take your career to the next level at one of New Zealand's most efficient and progressive Regional Councils and

contribute to the valuable work that we do?  If so we have just the right job for you!


We have a motivated and supportive science team that provides advice and support to a range of priority programmes, including

Freshwater, Coastal, Rotorua Lakes and Tauranga Harbour.


We are looking to appoint two positons at the Environmental Scientist/Senior Environmental Scientist level depending on experience.

If you have specialist expertise and experience in one or more of the following disciplines we would be very keen to hear from you;

  • Groundwater
  • Geothermal
  • Soil and Land 

Applicants must have a university degree in a relevant discipline, be eligible to work in NZ, and hold a full drivers licence.

Ideally you will have a minimum of 3-5 years' post-graduate experience in a similar role.

Strong interpersonal skills are essential as the successful applicants will work closely with a range of internal staff including

policy analysts, regulatory officers, land managers, programme and project managers and technicians.  Demonstrated experience

in communicating science to the general community and tangata whenua would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated and organised, reporting and contributing to the sustainable management

of land and water resources in the Bay of Plenty region.

We have offices in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane and would be happy to discuss location with the

successful applicants.


For a copy of the job description and to submit applications, click HERE.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 14 March 2018 and will be accepted online only.




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Envirolink Ltd is a hydrological consultancy that has been operating successfully from its base in Mapua near Nelson since 1988. We provide a range of hydrological related services to a wide range of clients. A vacancy has arisen for a technical person which we are keen to fill as soon as possible. This could suit someone ultimately interested in business partnership or ownership. Please contact Tony to discuss. 03 540 2064






Opportunities at Beca in Christchurch

We're looking for an Associate / Senior Stormwater Engineer and an Intermediate / Senior Stormwater and Flood Modeller to join our Christchurch Water Resources and Stormwater team.

These roles offer the opportunity to contribute to and lead stormwater management, flood modelling projects, and multi-disciplinary projects, in a well-supported environment. Our clients and projects are diverse, and you will have the opportunity to build relationships with a range of clients on projects in Canterbury and throughout New Zealand, and overseas.

Senior / Associate Stormwater Engineer

As an Associate or Senior Stormwater Engineer your work will range from catchment planning/management options assessments, through to detailed design, construction and handover.  Working with a talented and diverse team of stormwater and water resources professionals, you will have peers and specialists to call on, as well as working with and coaching more junior staff.

We expect you'll have a tertiary level degree in civil engineering or a related discipline, with sound experience over 10 - 20 years. This may include hydrology, pipe and open channel hydraulics, catchment planning, water quality treatment, and flood risk assessment, as well as civil engineering design. You will have an excellent technical understanding of stormwater and of infrastructure projects, over and above the more routine design skills.

Intermediate / Senior Stormwater and Flood Modeller

As an Intermediate / Senior Stormwater and Flood Modeller your work will include flood hazard studies, options assessments, and contributing to detailed design of complex infrastructure. As part of this role Beca expects you to have experience in modelling urban pipe networks and rivers including floodplains in both 1D and 2D, including knowledge of DHI, Innovyze, HEC and GIS software. You will have the ability to model hydrological parameters using a range of methods, and be able to provide technical support to more junior team members.

We expect you'll have a tertiary level degree in in environmental engineering, physical sciences, or a related discipline, with more than five years' experience, preferably in a consultancy or design environment. Some project management or field experience would be welcomed, but not necessary.  

We are looking for people with well-rounded experience and for both roles, strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.  We want people who take pride in and accountability for their work, delivering high quality work on-time and on-budget, but enjoy working as part of a team.  We also want people who can build strong relationships with clients, based on understanding their needs, as well as maintaining their trust and confidence in our performance, leading to continuing work. We encourage professional body certification and registration. We would expect you to keep abreast of new developments in your technical area; taking a lead role introducing new methods and technologies to Beca, as well as attending and presenting at industry conferences.

Beca has so much to offer you: managed career development, competitive remuneration and, because we're employee owned, the opportunity to own a slice of the business.

If you are interested in either of these roles, send your CV and a covering letter to Ian Macbeth ( or to discuss either role please call Kate Purton (+64 3 374 3649) regarding the Senior / Associate Stormwater Engineer position or Elliot Tuck (+64 3 367 2458) regarding the Intermediate / Senior Stormwater and Flood Modeller position.




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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








Employment Agencies

Job Listings (2)

National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training 

PhD recruitment


NCGRT PhD Research Opportunities - Expressions of Interest


The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) is currently seeking exceptional candidates for a mimited number of PhD research opportunities available throughout Australia  Bringing together Australia's top federal and state water management and researc agencise and 12 Australian universtities, the Centre is recognised as Australis's laeding goundwater research and training institution. 

We are now recruiting the best minds who are passionate about undertaking a PhD and becoming part of the next generation of groundwater specialists.  You will conduct innovative research addressing the most pressing contemporary issues in groundwater science, NCGRT affiliated research, giving you access to the full range of expertise accross tis unique partnership.  There are 20+ Groundwater projects.  

Visit the website for the full list.  

The closing date for Expressions of Interest has been extended to Thursday 1st September. 


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Civil Engineer, Stormwater, Christchurch


The Opportunity: Due to on-going growth, we are looking for a stormwater-focused civil engineer to join our Christchurch Water team. Working in a well-respected team of stormwater and water resources specialists, your work will range from catchment planning and options assessment, to detailed design and construction management. Our clients span Canterbury and around New Zealand, across the local government, transportation, industrial, commercial and agricultural sectors.

About: You are an intermediate or senior level civil engineer, with 4 – 10 years' sound technical experience. This may include hydrology, hydraulics of pipe and open channel networks, catchment planning, water quality treatment, and flood risk assessment, as well as civil engineering design. You'll take accountability of your work with a track record of on-time and on-budget delivery. You'll be a team player who enjoys working as part of a talented and diverse team. You'll also need to have the ability to build strong relationships with clients, based on understanding their needs as well as maintaining their trust and confidence in our performance, ultimately leading to continuing work and repeat business. Project management or site experience would also be welcomed. You will ideally be chartered or working toward CPEng status.

In addition to this, you will ideally possess the following attributes:

• Ability to communicate positively with clients, management and other staff

• Excellent job delivery skills including experience in work planning and financial management

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Can review and evaluate your own work for accuracy and the work of others

• The desire to contribute on a range of stormwater, civil and water projects

• Enthusiasm and enjoy working as part of a high performing team


Why Beca?  As a valued Beca employee, you will enjoy many benefits including:

• Competitive remuneration and potential for shareholding

• On-going career development including encouragement and support to attain / maintain professional registration (e.g. CPEng)

• The chance to contribute to some of the most interesting and complex water projects across New Zealand and internationally

• The opportunity to be guided by a more experienced colleague through the Beca Mentoring Programme

Apply: People are vital to our business and our clients. Therefore, you can expect a world of opportunity. For a confidential conversation, call Steve Scannell (Recruitment Partner) on 04 901 2394, or simply apply today!

Apply online HERE 








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