Glider and Oceanographic Instrumention Technician - Ocean Deployments

  • 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 an oceanographic technician with a well-developed field skillset to support the operations of NIWA's oceanography program. Work will be conducted from a variety of platforms and may require anywhere from one day to several weeks at sea. The successful applicant 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.

You will have a tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in marine science or engineering, with the key requirement being experience with the preparation and maintenance of ocean gliders (ideally Slocum gliders), glider mission planning, operation and piloting, deployment and recovery operations, and contribute to data processing and reporting.

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Experience leading the design, construction, deployment and recovery of mooring systems (both coastal and offshore), in a variety of dynamic environments. Examples of past mooring projects and instalments would be beneficial.
  • Have a well-developed field skillset with the operation and maintenance of oceanographic equipment.
  • Project management and experience in leading long-term contracts to successful completion. It is possible the successful applicant 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 December 2020    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.