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Job Listings

The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Senior Technician - Geochemistry

Job ID:                           20656

Campus:                         Auckland City Campus

Full/Part Time:                 Full-Time

Permanent/Fixed Term:    Permanent


The Faculty of Science


The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

We are seeking a Senior Technician in Geochemistry to provide technical support in our Microprobe lab and to provide support for academic research programmes primarily within the School of Environment.

The successful candidate will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Instruct users on the operation and theory of the electron microprobe and ICPMS;
  • Assist to obtain high quality analytical results and to interpret these results;
  • Supervise and maintain the electron microprobe facility, including ancillary equipment;
  • Develop improvements to analysis routines to enhance the quality of data from the facility, including testing and development of new applications;
  • Maintain an orderly and effective laboratory, whilst meeting all health and safety requirements.
  • Our ideal candidate will have:
  • Demonstrated experience in the operation and maintenance of a Field-Emission Source Electron Microprobe, Cathodoluminescence and Laser-Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry analytical techniques and data analysis.
  • Familiarity with the theory of electron microanalysis
  • A degree and postgraduate experience in geochemistry or a related field.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to interact with academics and students
  • A positive can do attitude and a team player nature
  • Flexible employment practices
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • Company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

Why us?

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

How to apply:

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Sunday 26th May 2019 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV combined as one document.  

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to




Hydrologist (Intermediate) Integrated Water Management

Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec


WGA (Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec) is an award-winning engineering team with an ethos based on developing long-term collaborative client relationships, and delivering innovative, buildable and economical solutions.

WGA is excited to announce a new position within our New Zealand Integrated Water Management team. We are seeking a Junior to Intermediate level Hydrologist (with 2-5 years experience) to work on a variety of Integrated Water Management Projects in New Zealand as well as the wider Australasia market.

The successful applicant must be experienced in;

  • working in a groundwater and surface interaction field testing 
  • numerical groundwater and/or surface water modelling 
  • working on Managed Aquifer Recharge projects (desirable)  
  • field-sampling; including ability to learn and operate various scientific instruments, collect water quality and quantity information and be willing to learn new sampling techniques 

It is preferred that the applicant has an advanced university degree (e.g. master’s or Higher). 

The ability to work independently in a ‘mobile office’ environment is desired as well as a willingness to work on a variety of field programmes, in New Zealand’s variable weather and seasonal climate conditions.  

In return, WGA offer you an open, supportive working environment which allows for autonomy & creativity. We value work/life balance and provide flexibility to meet personal commitments as well as company sponsored social activities.

Please apply with a covering letter and CV via the button below. All queries to be directed to 

To learn more about WGA visit our website,

Essential - Resident or Citizen of NZ or eligible visa to work in NZ




Professional Grade 4 42604 - 62029
College of Sciences
Term length: fixed-term
Hours of work: full-time

Position Overview

An opportunity exists for the appointment of a Research Technician in the Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre in the School of Agriculture and Environment, to support research on water and nutrient movement through agricultural landscapes, and changes to management practices that reduce the environmental footprint of farming practices.  You will be working within a very active and supportive research group.   

 Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in environmental science (or alternative relevant science) who display a strong knowledge and understanding of measurements of water/nutrient flows and hydrological processes across the rural landscape.

 It is essential to hold a full driving licence and experience with 4WD vehicles is desirable.  The successful applicant will be a team player with proven practical, technical and communication skills.

 This is a three-year fixed term appointment with an anticipated start date of June 2019.  Further enquiries should be directed to Mr Lance Currie, Senior Technical Manager, Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre, phone (06) 356 9099 extn 84860 or email Information about the College of Sciences, the School of Agriculture and Environment and the Fertilizer & Lime Research Centre can be found at;

To view/download the job description, please click on the file below





Resource Scientist - Groundwater

Do you have a desire to use science to manage and protect our Region’s ground water resources? Do you have experience in environmental science and a working knowledge of Council responsibilities and functions? Do you want to work as part of a nationally-recognised environmental management group? If you’ve answered yes to all of these, then this role is for you.
Based in Richmond at the top of the South Island, and reporting to the Senior Resource Scientist (Water Resources & Special Projects), this role is primarily involved in the provision of scientific expertise and advice to meet the Council’s objectives in environmental monitoring, consent processing, policy development, building consents and related legal obligations primarily related to the Resource Management Act.

In addition to your knowledge of groundwater assessment and management processes, and a risk based ecosystem approach to monitoring and reporting, you will be responsible for giving effect to relevant national standards related to the management of groundwater. You’ll advocate for, and educate people about, sustainable environmental processes and solutions.
You will have the skills to identify and prioritise risks, develop and implement environmental monitoring programmes, manage and maintain environmental data and provide advice to the Council and our ratepayers.

In return, we offer ongoing professional development, a variety of challenging and interesting work, flexible working options, relocation assistance and a benefits package to suit your preferences.

While we would prefer someone with 3+ years’ experience, we are prepared to consider and train a promising graduate or developing scientist (Science Officer – Groundwater) wishing to pursue opportunities for career progression. If this sounds like you then apply now.
Making great communities takes great people. Will you be one of them?

Closes 20th May 2019


Click here for the job description
Online applications can be submitted on our website and further information can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Team on (03) 543-8393.




Research Associate / Senior Research Associate – Resource Information

Fixed term until June 2020.


Do you want to be a part of an innovative and vibrant science team answering the tough questions in natural resource management?


About us

The Horizons Region extends over 22,200km2 – from Ruapehu in the north and Horowhenua in the south, to Whanganui in the west and Tararua in the east. It’s a landscape as vast and varied as the over 240,000 people who call it home. At Horizons Regional Council we work to make our region a great place to live, work and play.

The role

We are seeking a data and insights analyst to work alongside our talented scientists, data analysts and information management specialists. Environmental reporting is a key focus for Horizons, informing both our regulatory and non-regulatory programmes. In this role, you will be utilising our extensive datasets to provide valuable insights and innovative reporting solutions that will underpin natural resource management decision-making across our region.

Based in our Palmerston North office, your role will be to drive innovation across all areas of data management and analysis for our science monitoring and research programmes. Reporting to our Information Coordinator within our Natural Resources and Partnerships Group, you will provide high quality technical support and advice, working collaboratively across the organisation to identify and implement solutions to data management and analytics.If you enjoy a challenge and believe you have what it takes to succeed in this exciting new role, we want to hear from you!

About you

Suitable candidates should hold a qualification in an appropriate applied information science discipline. Experience in data mining, analysis and report building is considered essential, as is a knowledge of programming languages such as R or Python. Skills in geospatial information systems, data modelling, quantitative analysis and predictive modelling will be viewed favourably. Strong communication skills are critical, as is an ability to convey information in a clear, articulate and creative way.

Why should you apply?

When you join us, you can look forward to a rewarding career full of opportunities to develop, along with a positive and supportive work environment. We do this through:

  • Strong focus on employee health, wellness and wellbeing
  • Flexible family friendly work environment
  • Assistance with tertiary education
  • Positive health and safety culture
  • Capability development programmes that enable advancement into leadership roles, along with skill development across different functional jobs; and
  • A supportive and social work environment where enduring friendships and collegiality develop


Horizons are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to ensuring we have a diverse and inclusive workplace so our people reflect the diversity of our region.


Applications close 5pm Sunday 19 May 2019






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Senior Environmental Scientist – Water

Fixed Term – one year

Do you have a desire to ensure sustainable management of water resources within our Tairawhiti region?

An exciting opportunity exists to join our Environmental Monitoring and Science team for a fixed term period of one year. This team provides science and technical input to policy development and resource consents that relate to land, water and coastal resources and will provide plenty of opportunities and a variety of work.

The person we are looking for will have a passion for science and the environment, have excellent communication, project management and negotiation skills as well as the ability to build relationships with stakeholders and internal staff members. The role will work closely with the Consents team to process and provide technical advice on water, take consent applications and renewals, as well as be involved in other freshwater science activities in the Science team.

To be successful at this role you will need:

  • A degree in Environmental Science, Planning or a related discipline with at least five years work experience.
  • Have a keen interest in freshwater systems and sustainable water resource management.
  • Have experience in report writing and critical analysis.
  • Be able to demonstrate good communication skills.
  • Be familiar with data analysis, presentations, monitoring and statistical information.
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills.

In return, we offer you a rare opportunity to apply your skills and experience in role that helps protect and improve our environment across our  Tairawhiti region. We offer you unique and varied work, a dedicated and talented team to work with, the opportunity to grow, learn and develop, and a great lifestyle living in sunny Gisborne.

If this sounds like you and could see yourself contributing to our environment and community, we would love to hear from you!

Please contact Paul Murphy for further information.


Applications Close: 10am, Monday 6th May 2019.

Apply Online


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Senior Environmental Scientist

The role
Our Wellington office is looking to grow their water and environment team to include water quality modelling as a complementary service offered to our existing clients and growth to new clients. In this role you will be responsible for providing accurate and efficient environmental services for the business unit in accordance with project times and budgets. 

In return, Cardno will offer you training opportunities, access to highly experienced senior staff who are leaders in their field, and the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team working on a wide range of projects across New Zealand and beyond. 

Specifically, your duties will include:
  • Water quality analysis, water quality modelling and hydrological analysis
  • Environmental investigations and analysis
  • Growth of the business in the field of water quality analysis and modelling
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders and clients to manage and deliver a range of environmental projects on time and within budget
  • Lead, mentor and guide junior staff
  • Prepare high quality technical reports and reviews
  • Write and cost proposals which demonstrate a clear understanding of client needs and industry best practice
About you
The successful candidate will have relevant experience in water resources and water quality modelling in a consultancy environment across the project lifecycle including strategy, business case, design and delivery and be a confident communicator. Additionally, you will display:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • 7+ years experience in water resources, water quality analysis and water quality modelling
  • Hydraulic modelling skills advantageous
  • Proven skills and experience in growing the business and reaching out to new clients
  • A client service focus with strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively in team environments
  • Sound project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
Why join Cardno?
Cardno offers meaningful opportunities for each individual member of our team to grow, make an impact and leave a legacy for local communities, globally.

By joining Cardno, you will be part of an environment where you can collaborate with leading experts from diverse backgrounds, access development programs to achieve your career goals, and be challenged to take a global outlook. 
At Cardno, we take care of the people that keep our business, clients and communities thriving. We offer benefits and initiatives to enhance your health and wellbeing, and to help you balance your career and personal life. 
How to apply
We welcome your interest in joining the Cardno team. Apply by sending your resume and covering letter with the reference number NZ18 / 9830 / 0026.

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Environmental Scientist

The role
Our Wellington office is looking to grow their water and environment team to help meet current and future workload requirements and better service our clients. In this role you will be responsible for providing accurate and efficient environmental services for the business unit in accordance with project times and budgets. 

In return, Cardno will offer you training opportunities, access to highly experienced senior staff who are leaders in their field, and the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team working on a wide range of projects across New Zealand and beyond. 

Specifically, your duties will include:
  • Hydrological analysis and hydraulic modelling
  • Water quality analysis
  • Environmental monitoring and field work
  • Assessment of environmental effects
  • Environmental investigations and analysis
  • Technical reporting and preparation of proposals
About you
The successful candidate will have relevant experience in water and be a confident communicator. Additionally, you
will display:
  • Relevant water resources qualification (preferably with post grad qualification in a relevant field).
  • 2 - 6 years’ experience
  • Basic GIS skills
  • Some understanding of hydrology (preferably in reference to the New Zealand environment) and/or hydraulics
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills
  • Analytical/problem solving skills
  • Able to work independently and within a team
  • Willingness to pursue self-development for career advancement
  • Full drivers licence
How to apply
We welcome your interest in joining the Cardno team. Apply by sending your resume and covering letter with the reference number NZ18 / 9830 / 0027.

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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