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Resource Technician Water Quality and Ecology


Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC) is the regional authority for the Hawke's Bay region in New Zealand with key roles in environmental management and education; flood control, drainage, pollution, waste, land, water and coastal management. Council's vision is to enable a healthy environment, a vibrant community and a prosperous economy.  

Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions with glorious beaches and diverse freshwater and marine ecosystems. The rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters of the Hawke’s Bay region are natural habitats for creatures and popular recreation areas for diving, tramping, fishing, mountain biking, hunting, rafting, kayaking and more.

We are now seeking applications for a 12-month fixed term maternity leave cover role of Resource Technician  – Water Quality and Ecology.

About the Opportunity:

We are looking for a highly motivated, technically minded individual with a passion for the environment to join the Water Quality and Ecology team. As part of the Environmental Information Group, the Water Quality and Ecology team gathers information to help understand changes in the health of freshwater and coastal ecosystems and identify the main threats to humans, animals or life in the water.

The role of Resource Technician – Water Quality and Ecology includes:   

  • Undertaking river, lake, estuary and coastal water quality and ecology ‘state of environment’ monitoring and a variety of research and investigation studies
  • Applying scientific expertise, technical knowledge and professional input in the design and review of monitoring programmes and data management
  • Ecosystem health monitoring
  • Fish surveys
  • Habitat assessments
  • Invertebrate sampling
  • Intertidal reef surveys
  • Flow gauging
  • Water quality and ecology monitoring for recreational and human health
  • Equipment and logger installation, maintenance and calibration
  • Use of digital software and scientific databases for data collection, processing and archiving.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Previous experience with field-based investigations and a tertiary degree in biology, ecology or environmental science.
  • A full vehicle license and willingness to work alone in the field and around water in a safe manner is essential.
  • A positive, hard-working attitude.
  • Competency driving a 4WD and manual transmission vehicle. 
  • Experience with environmental equipment and data management processes.

We are an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

If you are ready for this opportunity, then we encourage you to apply now. We will be interviewing suitable candidates as applications are received and may close the advertisement when we have found the right person.

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24 June 2020

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