Senior Environmental Scientist, Groundwater

Posted on 24-Dec-2019  
Application Close Date: 03-Feb-2020
Job Details
Environmental Science & monitoring
Position Type:
Permanent - Full Time
Job Reference:

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Groundwater Scientist to join our Hydrology Team within the Environmental Science Department. This position is full time, based in the Masterton office and ideally suited to a senior role.


This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the management of water resources and contribute to the development of groundwater science in the Wellington region.  You will be expected to focus on the groundwater quantity and quality issues of the Wairarapa area in the main, but also contribute to work processes across the wider Region.


Greater Wellington Regional Council is responsible for regulating the use of the region's natural resources and has a vision for the region to be healthy, resilient and engaged. We have a fantastic organisational culture that values strategic thinking, innovation, equality and flexible working arrangements.


To be successful in this role you will have: 

  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications in groundwater, hydrogeology or water resource management
  • A solid understanding of hydrogeological principles
  • A working knowledge of groundwater quantity and quality monitoring techniques
  • Experience in undertaking or overseeing scientific investigations including groundwater modelling, groundwater allocation limits, assessment of resource consent applications, and groundwater quality monitoring programmes
  • Knowledge of applying numerical modelling methods to groundwater issues
  • 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
  • Sound understanding of resource management legislation in relation to New Zealand 
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to mentor others


You will work alongside highly motivated and experienced scientific and monitoring staff across multidisciplinary projects and also deliver robust science to inform council's collaborative planning process (whaitua) and regional plan.


To view the job description and to apply for this position, please click on the link below.


For further information please contact Mike Harkness, Team Leader, Hydrology at or on 04 830 4167.


Applications close: Monday, 4 February 2020.