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Scientist - Land

HB region

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:

We are looking for a Scientist – Land to join the Air and Land Science Team in our Environmental Science Section. The team is part of the Integrated Catchment Management Group and works collaboratively to deliver the science that supports the Council’s management of our regional resources.   

The role of Scientist – Land will have you designing and implementing programmes aimed at increasing our understanding of our land resources, as well as how human activity and climate change will affect these resources in the future. You will undertake technical analysis of the information you gather and prepare reports as required.  Your insights will help provide strategic direction to the management of land activities that impact the terrestrial, freshwater, marine and air environments in Hawke’s Bay. 


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will have a thorough understanding of land and soil science, erosion processes, soil quality and be an advocate for the impacts land use may have on our freshwater, coastal and marine environments. Your technical expertise is critical to success in this role but so is your ability to communicate, work in and across teams, and foster collaborative working relationships.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Relevant post-graduate qualification in earth science, soil science, geology, geography or environmental science with a focus on land systems
  • Appropriate knowledge of a broad spectrum of land-based sciences including but not limited to erosion (hill slope, riverbank and wind), soil and soil quality, effects of land use and land use change on nutrient and sediment loss from land, and land use capability. 
  • Good understanding of environmental (land) monitoring processes and techniques, particularly those relating to erosion and soil quality monitoring.
  • Experience and ability in environmental resource management and monitoring with an emphasis on land/water interactions such as the estimation of nutrient and sediment loads from land into waterways.
  • Knowledge and experience using R, or similar programming language, for data manipulation, statistical computing and graphics. 
  • Advanced skills and experience using the ESRI GIS software suite, including strong spatial analysis capabilities.
  • Ability to deliver information and advice with a high level of confidence.


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:

  • Flexible working options to support work/life balance
  • 5 weeks annual leave after 3 years
  • 4% superannuation after 3 years
  • Life insurance and income protection 
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives 
  • 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:

Please apply for this role by submitting your CV and cover letter through Seek - feel free to send any questions you have directly to

To view the job description please visit our website here.

Applications close 18 November 2023, 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. 

27 October 2023

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