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Summer Student Positions x 3 - Water Quality & Ecology

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Te Whakapakari Tahi I Tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.

We focus on prioritising:

Te kounga o te wai, te haumarutanga me te mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi o te whakamarutanga | Water quality, safety and climate-resilient security.  

Kia koi, kia toitū hoki te whakamahinga o te whenua | Climate-smart and sustainable land use. 

Kia ora, kia āhei, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki te rerenga rauropi | Healthy, functioning and climate-resilient biodiversity. 

Kia toitū, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki ngā ratonga me ngā hanganga ā-whare | Sustainable and climate-resilient services and infrastructure. 


At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


About the Opportunity:

HBRC have a great opportunity for three students to work with the Water Quality and Ecology Team and gain practical experience to complement their studies. We are looking for students with a passion for the environment to assist our team of technicians over the summer months to monitor our beautiful rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal environment.

These fixed-term positions will be available for up to 20 weeks from November 2021 to March 2022. Exact dates will be determined by student availability and project needs. 

The core responsibilities for our summer students will be to assist the team with the recreational bathing beach and ecosystem health monitoring programmes. Students will assist with special investigations and state of environment monitoring when required and may have the opportunity to develop skills in a range of monitoring equipment and techniques, including:

  • Macroinvertebrate sampling
  • Freshwater fish monitoring
  • Periphyton, macrophyte and habitat assessments
  • Estuarine infauna sampling
  • Water sampling
  • Flow measurements
  • Use of field equipment, loggers and databases

About you:

We are looking for friendly, well-organised people that can show high levels of initiative and the ability to work independently or as a team when required.

You will have completed or be studying towards a degree in biology, ecology or environmental science.  You’ll be confident working in and around waterways and undertaking long days of solo driving and fieldwork.  So, a current full drivers license is essential and if you’ve driven a 4WD it’s an added bonus.

All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

To view the Job Description click HERE

Please apply via SEEK

Applications close 20 August 2021.

29 July 2021

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