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Scientist - Freshwater Quality and Ecology


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:

Are you passionate about Fresh Water Ecology and looking to join a forward thinking, high-performing team? Are you committed to understanding and preserving our vital freshwater ecosystems? If so, we invite you to join us as a Scientist specializing in Freshwater Water Quality and Ecology. This is  a diverse and interesting role that will provide you with a variety of challenges.. The role would suit a freshwater ecologist who is keen to apply their skills to support Council to make informed decisions for our lakes and rivers, with a particular focus on the application of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will have a relevant post-graduate qualification and practical experience applying science to solve real world problems. ,You will be able to demonstrate excellent analytical skills, engaging  verbal communication and detail-oriented report writing skills. As part of a small team with a reputation for high performance, you will need to be highly engaged, have excellent people skills and an ability to service multiple work streams across Council.


In this role you will have | I tenei mahi ka mahi koe:

  • Specific knowledge regarding the interactions between hydrological and ecological processes and their relationships, including:
  • Familiarity with methods of relating contaminant concentrations and river flows in order to calculate contaminant loads or flux.
  • Nutrient cycling in aquatic environments and the impact on aquatic plants.
  • Additional knowledge of processes whereby nutrients, sediments and microbes are input to surface water and groundwater, as well as strategies to minimise the impact of these contaminants, will be useful.
  • Ability to collate and analyse complex data and interpret the results for technical and non-expert audiences in verbal and written form.
  • Knowledge of the Resource Management Act.
  • Experience with delivering technical knowledge to inform resource management planning processes, including community and stakeholder engagement, hearings, development of implementation plans, and plan effectiveness reviews.
  • Proven ability to work effectively within interdisciplinary teams and independently.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $89,640 to $99,600 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
  • Additional week of annual leave after 3 years’ service
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives.
  • Flexible working and working from home options
  • HBRC has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a supportive working environment.

To see a full list of our benefits please visit our website:

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:

View the full job description here.

Applications close 30 September 2023 however we may be interviewing suitable candidates prior to the closing date and may close the role early.

 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. 

28 August 2023

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