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Resource Technician - Water Quality and Ecology - two year fixed term

River monitoring

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

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


About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Our Environmental Information team is a critical function of Council, gathering information to help us better understand any changes to the health of local freshwater and coastal ecosystems. The data is used to help identify the main threats to humans, animals, or life in the water and offers a diverse and interesting workload. We need a Resource Technician – Water Quality and Ecology to join our team for two years to support WQE cyclone recovery work.

This varied role will have no two days exactly the same, with a combination of field work and office-based responsibilities including:   

  • River, lake, estuary and coastal water quality and ecology monitoring. 
  • The installation, maintenance and calibration of monitoring equipment and logger.
  • Application of your technical knowledge and scientific expertise to ensure monitoring programmes run effectively and to the required standards.
  • Use of digital software and scientific databases for data collection, processing and archiving.

About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

This position would suit a highly motivated and technically minded individual, with a passion for the freshwater and marine environment who is keen to apply their skills in a varied and primarily field-based role. The successful candidate will have a relevant tertiary qualification, a full NZ drivers licence and a willingness to work alone in the field, plus lots of confidence with water.  


Ideally you will also have:

  • Previous experience with field-based investigations and working around water.
  • A positive, hard-working attitude where you take initiative and act proactively.
  • Competency driving a 4WD and manual transmission vehicle would be beneficial. 
  • Experience with freshwater and marine monitoring techniques, environmental equipment and data management processes.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $68,040 to $75,600 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

 Benefits of working for our team include accident & injury insurance, 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.

 We value diversity and as such we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status although applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand. HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

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

 To view the job description please visit our website here.

Applications close 9 June 2023, however we will be interviewing suitable candidates prior to the closing date, so don’t delay, apply today!

 Please apply via Seek.


About us | E pā ki a mātou:

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.


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. 

30 May 2023

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