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Team Leader, Hydrology & Groundwater Science


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:

We are looking for a Team Leader, Hydrology and Groundwater Science - a highly motivated individual, with demonstrated expertise in freshwater science and people management, who is committed to supporting their team and delivering great outcomes for the Hawke’s Bay region.

You will be leading a talented team of five scientists to deliver technical knowledge that informs resource management decisions on:

  • Surface water flows and allocations for abstraction
  • Groundwater resources and abstraction
  • Groundwater quality


About you:

The ideal person for this role will be a strategic people leader who thrives at the interface between science and policy, to help communities resolve conflicts between instream and abstractive water requirements. Ideally youwill bring a high level of experience with surface water science, although a groundwater specialist may be considered. You will have proven success interpreting complex analyses for technical and non-expert audiences, with a focus on providing strategic direction to water quantity management in Hawke’s Bay.

You will also have:

  • A leadership style that enables collaboration and trust within the team
  • Ability to think strategically and bring others along on your vision
  • Ability to take a high-level view and bring together a diverse range of disciplines and skills
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to build productive working relationships and work collaboratively
  • Experience in delivering high quality scientific information that has impact
  • A relevant post-graduate qualification and at least 5 years applicable experience
  • Excellent report writing and good presentation skills


The salary range for this role is between $110,000 to $120,000 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Other benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance, subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment.


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

To view the job description please click HERE.

Please apply via SEEK

Applications close 18 January 2022.

20 December 2021

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