Senior Scientist - Groundwater

Provide sound advice work with an experienced team of groundwater experts to understand the groundwater systems in Canterbury.

  • Provide groundwater science advice to help us address challenging resource management issues
  • Work for an organisation with strong values and a supportive work culture
  • Permanent Full-Time | 40 hours per week | Christchurch Based

Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha | About Environment Canterbury

Waitaha - our Canterbury region - is like no other and we are proud to call it home. We are privileged to be working with Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga, stakeholders, and our wider community to protect our environment, including water, land, and air through regulation and planning. As a Regional Council we're responsible for flood protection, public transport, civil defence, and more.

Together we're taking action to shape a thriving and resilient Canterbury, now and for future generations. Toitū te marae o Tāne, toitū te marae o Tangaroa, toitū te tangata, If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

Kōrero mō te Tūranga | About the Role

With the largest groundwater science team in New Zealand, Environment Canterbury (Canterbury Regional Council) is at the forefront of water management in the country. Our team of 23 groundwater professionals works on challenging issues including land use effects on groundwater quality, sustainable groundwater use, and implementation of the Essential Freshwater programme.

As Senior Scientist in the team, you will provide advice on planning and consenting decisions, design and conduct research investigations, and help to inform the

community about the quantity and quality state of the groundwater resources.

Mōu | About You

We are looking for a groundwater scientist with:

  • Solid technical background, including a Master's degree or higher in hydrogeology, groundwater chemistry or a related field
  • Ability to interpret scientific data and tell the science story to decision makers and the community
  • Strong scientific curiosity
  • Excellent verbal and writing communication skills
  • Friendly, collaborative nature
  • Commitment to understanding and honouring Māori tikanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to incorporating Te Ao Māori perspectives in your work

The indicative salary range is $87,000 to 110,000 depending on skill and experience. Full-time permanent position, 40 hours per week based in Christchurch.

Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha | Working at Environment Canterbury

Our values underpin everything we do. We understand and embrace a diverse workforce; this diversity will enable us to better serve our people, our community, and our greatest taonga, the environment. We value everyone's contribution, diverse thinking, and skills.

We're on a journey to become a treaty partner of excellence, including incorporating te ao Māori into our work. We offer supportive opportunities to develop capability in this area and encourage our people to use kaupapa Māori, mātauranga Māori and te reo Māori in our daily work. We welcome you with an open heart & mind, wherever you are on your personal te ao Māori journey.

To find out more about us and the mahi we do - click here.

Applications close on Wednesday, 1 November 2023. We encourage you to register your interest early. We will be reviewing applications as we receive them and reserve the right to close the advertising early.

Short-listed candidates will be required to complete an interview process, reference checks, and a criminal check. Further background checking will be required when relevant to the role.

Me mahi tahi tātou - Together we can

posted: 16 October 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.