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Job Listings


Groundwater Scientist

Full time, fixed term (1 year), Christchurch Science Centre, Christchurch 

About ESR

ESR is a Crown Research Institute, working with and for clients and stakeholders in central and local government, industry organisations and the private sector to deliver enhanced scientific research services for the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of New Zealand.  ESR has approxiately 400 staff with sites in Auckland, Christchurch, Upper Hutt, and Porirua. 

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Scientist to join our successful and growing Groundwater team based in Christchurch.  The team is recognised as being at the forefront of its field, internationally and nationally.  The groundwater research team's work addesses issues associated with land-use intensification and its effects on groundwater quality.  This position is fixed term for 1 year with the possiblilty to become a permanent role.  We are seeking a highly motivated, team-focussed researcher with expertise in groundwater and hydrogeology.  The prefered applicant will have a degree with significant experience in groundwater contamination investigation and research.

In addition, the preferred applicant will ideally have most or all of the following capabilities:

  • Technical expertise in groundwater.
  • Ability to carry out complex or novel projects which may require the development of new techniques.
  • Ability to manage all aspects, including financial, or a significant project(s).
  • Write major client reports and/or publish in peer reviewed scientific journals, and present work via oral presentations at conferences.
  • Ability to lead and direct grounwater reasearch and consultancy projects.
  • Participate in wider ESR forums in relation to research development activities.

Applications close 12 March 2017.  Click HERE to visit the ESR website for more information.


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Team Leader Hydrological Science 

Permanent Full Time, Surface Water Science Team, Christchurch 

Lead a highly skilled team, bringing robust scientific approaches to the management of Canterbury's fresh water resources.

Our section is committed to Environment Canterbury's values of integrity, can-do, collaboration, people first, and stewardship.  Maintaining and improving the quantity and quality of our surface water in an environment of changing land use and a diverse landscape is central to our role in the organisation.

As part of our Surface Water Science leadership team, this job offers an opportunity to provide technical, people and project leadership within our section, leading the already skilled and experienced hydrological science team (currently 6) in the delivery of high quality analysis and advice to support water management in Canterbury.

You will work collaboratively with our internal and external partners, the community and stakeholders across the region, including providing input to processes under the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.  The ability to clearly communicate and share relevant infrmation about water quantity data and water management at various levels forms a key part of this role.

Using your tertiary qualification, you will apply your experience related to managing water resources to support others in the surface water team.  Excellent verbal and written communications skills are essential.  Expertise in advanced data analysis and reporting is expected, and experience with planning processes and the setting of flow regimes would be advantageous.  Salary will depend on the skills and experience of the successful applicant.

We are seeking a person with a post graduate degree and a minimum of 7 years experience in the water resources field. 

If this sounds like a great opportunity to expand your experience and enhance your career, apply today!  Click HERE to visit the ECan website.

Vacancy closes 5 March 2017





Environmental Scientist - Water Quantity


Environmental Scientist Water Quality 

Come and see what the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has to offer. 

The Bay of Plenty is one the the most geographically diverse regions in the country and has one of New Zealand's fastest growing cities.  We are blessed with natural resources and these are expected to contribute significantly to the future sustainable development of the region.  

Our scientists are involved in providing science advice and support across the Bay of Plenty to a range of priority programmes.  These include our on-going Natural Environmental Regional Monitoring Network, and several programmes using an integrated catchment management approach; the Water Programme, the Rotorua Lakes Protection and Restoration Action Programme, and the Tauranga Harbour Programme. 

To assist in this we are looking an Environmental Scientist - Water Quantity and also an Environmental Scientist - Water Quality to join a motivated and supportive science team who are working under a newly developed Science Strategy.  Further support is provided by University Chairs in lake and coastal management - these are unique to the Bay of Plenty and provide access to high quality and international research. 

Click on the job title to view more information:

Environmental Scientist - Water Quantity      Environmental Scientist - Water Quality

Take this opportunity to further your science career in a growing area and enjoy the unbeatable Bay of Plenty lifestyle.

Applications close 10pm, Sunday 12th March and will be accepted online only.





Senior Design Engineer

  • Live, work and play in the Manawatu
  • Variety and Challenge
  • River Management and flood risk focus

Join a growing number of professionals looking to develop their career, whilst balancing their life in this growth region.  

The Horizons' region provides a physical environment with stimulating challenges and opportunities you wouldn't get to experience in many locations or within a consulting environment. This is an opportunity to have indepth involvement in a range of projects using your design and modelling skills.  

As a Senior Design Engineer you'll also provide mentoring to the less experienced members of the team. If you're less experienced, but see Horizons as a desirable place to expand your career, we'd still like to hear from you as we can take a flexible approach to the shape of the team.  

You'll be joining a friendly group of like minded people who work hard to deliver great results for the business.  Horizons has a fantastic culture which supports the growth and development of its' people.

If you have the relevant qualifications and experience we'd love to hear from you!

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday, 5 March 2017

If you are interested in the position please CLICK HERE.  

All applications will be acknowledged electronically. For further information contact Michele Walls on 04 931 9448 quoting job number 17908.

Only people with the right to work in New Zealand may apply for this position. for advice on obtaining a New Zealand work or residence visa visit






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

Our South Island Group has an exciting opportunity in the Tekapo Field Team for an enthusiastic and motivated individual.  You will be based in the Tekapo - Twizel area and work throughout the South Canterbury to North Otago regions.  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 for a range of projects.  These may include various hydrometric projects for energy companies, irrigation companies, and regional and city councils and a wide range of projects for other NIWA groups that can take advantage of the teams' local skills and capabilities. 

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 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. 

You will have a relevant tertary qualification or experience in environmental monitoring (specifically hydrology and meteorology data collection), knowledge of data-loggers or electronic instumentation, 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 drivers's license and excellent people-communication skills are essential. 

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

Visit the NIWA website for more information.  Closing date: February 27th 2017.   







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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