Senior Environmental Scientist

Posted on 12-Feb-2018  
Application Close Date: 25-Feb-2018
Job Details
Environmental Science & monitoring
Position Type:
Permanent - Full Time
Job Reference:

Senior Environmental Scientist – Freshwater


We need a motivated and enthusiastic Senior Freshwater Scientist to join the Marine and Freshwater Team within our Environmental Science Department. This position is based in the Wellington office.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the development of water quality and ecological science in the Wellington region. With changes to New Zealand's resource management legislation and the need to set limits to manage for land and water values, there is increasing emphasis on understanding the inter-relationships of land and water. As a result we need to advance a number of programmes to provide information to the council's collaborative planning process (whaitua), the regional plan, and national-level policies. This position will provide strategic direction and oversight to these programmes and also contribute to the understanding of the regions freshwater quality and ecology.

Our freshwater quality and ecology programmes involve region-wide monitoring, as well as targeted scientific studies associated with the impacts of human activities on freshwater systems. You will work alongside highly motivated and experienced scientific staff across multidisciplinary projects and also deliver robust science to inform council's collaborative planning process (whaitua) and regional plan.

Working across the research sector is core to many of our programmes with a strong emphasis on collaborative science and engagement.  As a result we work with many of the leading research organisations in New Zealand to deliver the best information to inform resource management in our region.


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications, preferably at a doctorate level in freshwater science
  • A high level of written skills, including a demonstrated ability to undertake scientific investigations, analysis and reporting
  • Proven ability to present science to a wide range of audiences, including iwi, stakeholders and community groups
  • A working knowledge of aquatic ecology and water quality monitoring techniques, experimental design, QA/QC and management of environmental data
  • Sound understanding of resource management legislation in relation to New Zealand 
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to mentor others


The wider Environmental Science Department provides scientific, monitoring and investigative services to the council spanning terrestrial ecosystems, air quality, surface water, groundwater and marine quality, including associated ecosystems. Our vision is to empower decision-making through our science. We will achieve our vision through four goals:


  • Being a leader in environmental science
  • Providing trusted science
  • Empowering others with our information
  • Working in partnership with mana whenua 


To apply for this position please view the job description and apply via the link below.

For further information please contact Megan Oliver, Team Leader, Marine and Freshwater on 04 830 4329, or Lea Pannu, Human Resources Coordinator on 04 830 4013.


Applications Close: Sunday 25 February 2018