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Job Listings



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 or contact our Customer Services Team on freephone 0508 800 800.



Gisborne DC

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
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 ( 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 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 ( 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 ( 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

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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