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Environmental Science Technician

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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.


About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Our Water Quality & Ecology 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 an Environmental Science Technician to join our team!

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 - click here for an example of some of the awesome footage captured!


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’ license 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, working around water and on boats.
  • A positive, hard-working attitude where you take initiative and act proactively.
  • Competency driving a 4WD would be beneficial. 
  • Experience with freshwater and marine monitoring techniques, environmental equipment and statistical knowledge. 


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $69,750 to $77,500 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.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. We recognise that collaborative and innovative organisations depend on having a workforce made up from a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. We're all about excellence, and we encourage open communication – if you need any specific support, just let us know! Our main goal is to empower each person to share their unique talents to contribute to the outcomes for our community. This commitment ensures that our workplace is a dynamic and progressive space where everyone can flourish.

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:

Please apply through Seek or send your CV and cover letter directly to

To view the job description please visit our website here.

Applications close 18 July 2024, however, we will be interviewing suitable candidates prior to the closing date, so don’t delay, apply today! 


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. 

18 June 2024

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