Moorings Technician - Ocean Moorings

Based in Wellington, New Zealand
Permanent, full-time

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders. (

We are seeking 2 oceanographic technicians with well-developed field skillsets to support the operations of NIWA's moorings program. Work will be conducted from a variety of platforms and may require anywhere from one day to several weeks at sea. The successful applicants will be joining our Ocean Deployments team and will be actively involved in our coastal and offshore measurement programmes around New Zealand and the Southern Ocean.

The successful applicants will have a tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in marine science or engineering, with the key requirement being experience with oceanographic mooring deployment and recovery. In addition, we are also looking for candidates that can demonstrate at least one of the following:

  1. The expertise to maintain a large collection of oceanographic instrumentation, including a network of real time data collection buoys. Included in this tasking would be the routine service, calibration, and troubleshooting of a variety of instruments, in order to deliver project requirements in a timely fashion.
  2. Experience leading the design, construction, deployment and recovery of mooring systems (both coastal and offshore), in a variety of dynamic environments. Examples of previous mooring projects beneficial.
  3. Project management and experience in leading long-term contracts to successful completion. It is possible the incumbent will assist in business development, project proposals and managing teams to complete contracted objectives.

This is an exciting opportunity to join New Zealand's internationally renowned environmental research organisation, and work as part of a progressive and innovative team.

NIWA offers competitive remuneration and benefits and an attractive waterfront location. A job description, online applications and further information about NIWA can be found at

posted: 14 September 2020    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.