At its discretion the Society may list here positions available in New Zealand, positions wanted, and internships wanted in New Zealand. Small listings are free for members and subscribing organisations, larger listings may incur a fee (contact the Society administrator). Below the jobs listing, there is a list of employment agencies (updated October 2012) that have had hydrology related positions available in the past.

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Job Listings


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Hydrology Technician

Working alongside our Resource Scientists and Hydrological Technicians you will have the opportunity to see the spectacular surroundings whilst undertaking regular site visits to our monitoring sites. 

You will be right at home with a hammer constructing or working with our vast range of electronics and radio networks.

These handyperson skills will be paired with your excellent communication and planning skills and a willingness to learn about technical hydrology. An eye for detail and a can do attitude are essential, along with a great sense of humour.

Hydrology Technician Position Description

Applications close: 19th April 2017


Senior Hydrological Technician

Do you enjoy juggling tasks all while keeping your sense of humour and a bright smile on your face? Then do we have a challenge for you.

The West Coast has the best environment for collection of hydrometric, and climatic data. You will have the opportunity to see the spectacular surroundings whilst undertaking regular site visits to our monitoring sites.

Your organisation skills and data processing will be paired with your excellent communication and planning skills. An eye for detail along with a can do attitude are essential.

If your tertiary qualification in hydrology, environmental science or a related field has not set you up to take on this challenge then your on the job experience in one of these areas will have. 

Senior Hydrological Technician Position Description 

Applications close: 19th April 2017


Visit the West Coast Regional Council website for further information and application guidelines. 





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Environmental Scientist

Cardno is an ASX listed professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world.  With over 70 years of experience and a global footprint across Americas and Asia Pacific, we provide our clients a range of innovative and integrated services across a variety of industries.

Our Petone Water and Environment Group is an integrated environmental services consultant to a wide range of clients working on infrastructure, waste and environmental projects, both for private and public entities. We have a number of medium and large-scale environmental projects and sites currently in operation across the country.


We have an immediate requirement for an experienced Environmental Scientist for a 12 month maternity leave cover (which may potentially lead to a permanent role).

Key responsibilities include:

· Undertake desktop research and data analysis including hydrological assessments in urban and rural environments to be able to inform and advice clients and peers.

· 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.

Full-time, part-time or flexible hours are negotiable.


· A collaborative and fun team environment.

· Employee Recognition and Reward program.

· Financial and Corporate offers.

Your experience

You are a self-motivated character looking to impact and drive the business, having demonstrated the following:

· Relevant Tertiary qualifications along with 7+ years' demonstrated skills and experience in environmental assessments.

· Hydrology and hydraulic modelling skills.

· Complementary environmental disciplines such as water quality, hydrogeology, contaminated land, ecology, environmental engineering, flood risk assessment and management, assessment of environmental effects etc. will be viewed favourably.

· A client service focus with strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively in team environments

· Strong verbal and written communication skills.


If you are a lateral thinker, thrive on a challenge and ready to make a difference on major projects within the New Zealand market, then apply now!

As a global business we offer the potential for travel, and outstanding training and development opportunities. We offer a work/life balance and an established recognition and rewards program.

Reference Number: NZ/7001/1182

To apply, visit here.



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Senior Water Resource Engineer/Hydrologist

Christchurch or Auckland

We have an exciting opportunity for a dedicated and enthusiastic Senior Water Resource Engineer/Hydrologist to join our Water team in either the Christchurch or Auckland office. The focus of the role will be to lead and deliver a broad range of hydrological and water resource activities across a wide range of national and international water market sectors, including; catchment planning/management, managed aquifer recharge, stormwater and urban hydrology, mining and infrastructure development.

Role responsibilities include:

§ Completion of studies, analyses and calculations in hydrology (catchment assessments, extraction and statistical analysis of climate data, water balance calculations, hydrological modelling).

§ Completion of studies, analyses and calculations in surface water hydraulics (water flow modelling in natural rivers as well as sizing and design of ditches, culverts and other hydraulic works).

§ Direction of field investigations and hydrological monitoring and assessment (flow, rain, etc.) including HSE aspects, equipment selection and the organisation, analysis and presentation of data.

§ Technical reporting.

§ Mentoring and development of junior and intermediate Golder staff.

Applications close 21 April 2017

For more information or to apply, please visit




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Senior Water and Coastal Resources Officer

Gisborne District Council are working together with our communities to make our aspirations happen. Tairawhiti is the first place to see the light and we’re working to transform our region to be the first choice for people and lifestyle, the first place for environment, economy and culture. We’re looking for an innovative professional to join our team now.

Do you have a passion for sustainable freshwater and coastal resources management? Do you want to join a motivated team in sunny Gisborne?

An exciting opportunity exists to join the Environmental and Science Services Team in the sustainable management of freshwater and coastal resources. This role will undertake science and research, provide technical expertise within the team in relation to monitoring, investigation and reporting, project management, advocacy, education, contribute to policy development and implement rules in the fields of freshwater, coastal and discharges management.

You will need a relevant degree and at least five years of work experience is desirable in sustainable water and coastal resource management, water quality or a related field. You must have excellent communication, project management and negotiation skills and have a good ability to build relationships with tangata whenua, farmers, foresters and communities.

Applicants will be highly motivated team players who are well organised and committed to providing excellent service and quality results.

Please visit our website or contact Paul Murphy for further information.

Applications Close: 10am, Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Apply Online| PO Box 747 Gisborne 4040 | PHONE 06 867 2049



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Environmental Monitoring Scientist – Hydrologist

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We are looking for a field Hydrologist to join our Environmental Monitoring Section at Waikato Regional Council. This is a role in the Hydrology team - who collect, analyse and report on river, lake, rainfall, groundwater and air quality measurements. This role also includes the installation and maintenance of the measurement equipment and telemetry systems.  

Waikato Regional Council has over 100 long-term hydrology monitoring sites. Come and be part of the hydrology team monitoring some of the most interesting waterways in New Zealand; Lake Taupo NZ’s largest lake, Blue Springs and NZ’s longest river the Waikato River. 

The role involves the collection and processing of defensible hydrological data (including water quantity and sediment load) for State of the Environment (SoE), flood warning and consenting purposes. A lot of your time will be spent travelling around the region and working in the field. A working knowledge of hydrologic data collection methods and equipment is desirable, as well as an understanding of data logging and telemetry technology. However, whether you are a graduate or tertiary trade qualified and want to change career full training can be provided. You will be responsible for your own sites and provide assistance to other team members. You will also be expected to manage medium level projects and contracts. If this sounds appealing, apply today!

Closing date:             5pm, Monday 3rd April 2017

Apply Online:   





Irrigation Scientist/Engineer - 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 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 and analysing irrigation and drainage data for application 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 a Doctoral degree with experience in hydrology, irrigation hydrology, hydro-meteorology 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 abiity 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.

Applications close 9 April 2017

View more information online HERE


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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