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SCIENTIST GROUNDWATER – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

About the Opportunity:

We are looking for a Groundwater Scientist to join the Environmental Science team. This role provides both strategic direction and technical analysis to support management of water resources in Hawke’s Bay. This will include developing and managing research and monitoring projects, the implementation and management of monitoring networks for state of the environment reporting and providing specialist technical advice. The role will have a core focus on groundwater with some crossover work into surface water hydrology. The role is supported by a team of 5 other water scientists, with enthusiasm for sharing their skills and knowledge to ensure that the person in this role develops professionally.

 About you:

You will have a thorough understanding of environmental processes, particularly specific knowledge of groundwater systems including interactions between surface water and groundwater along with the ability to develop an integrated approach to environmental management at HBRC.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience providing specialist environmental, scientific, and technical advice, for the effective management of groundwater resources.
  • The ability to critically assess groundwater data (both quantity and quality) to determine and isolate the magnitude of changes caused by various stresses such groundwater water pumping, land use practise and climate effects.
  • The ability to clearly and effectively report and present findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Project management skills for coordinating consultant expertise as required to better understand and manage the regions water resources.
  • Experience with the design of groundwater monitoring networks to assist with managing groundwater resources and supporting surface water and groundwater flow models.
  • An understanding of groundwater data collection methods and the uncertainty associated with groundwater level measurements, water quality sampling, and establishing monitoring sites.
  • Experience with collecting, analysing, and maintaining data for regional and state of the environment reporting, environmental projects, and consent and compliance monitoring.
  • An understanding of the complex interactions with groundwater and surface water and the various methods available to quantify and investigate the resulting physical and chemical changes.
  • Proven experience with programming such as, but not limited to, R, Python, and FORTRAN languages for data manipulation, analysis and statistical computing will be highly regarded.

To view the full job description and the benefits of working at HBRC, please visit the HBRC website: Scientist Groundwater | Current Vacancies | Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (hbrc.govt.nz)

SCIENTIST HYDROLOGY – Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

About the Opportunity:

We’re looking for a Scientist Hydrology to join the Hydrology and Groundwater Science team in our Environmental Science Section.  This role is one of a technical expert, who provides strategic direction to water quality management in Hawke’s Bay, by informing policy development and water allocation activities throughout the Hawke’s Bay region. The role is well supported by the team of senior and principal scientists who are experienced surface water and groundwater experts, with enthusiasm for sharing their skills and knowledge to ensure that the person in this role develops professionally.

About you:

You will have a thorough understanding of the broad suite of hydrological statistics and experience deriving these metrics along with a specific interest and proven focus of the physical drivers of river flow and fluvial processes.  You’ll ideally have working knowledge of the Resource Management Act and recent developments in NZ water resource management, including the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and the limit-setting process, the National Objectives Framework and the National Environmental Monitoring Standards.

You will be technically savvy and can demonstrate experience with a range of software systems and data management suites.  This combined with your passion for the environment and the work we do supports your ability to communicate and convey and interpret information to meet a diverse range of audiences.  In addition to the above, candidates who have experience and knowledge of mātauranga Māori in combination with western science will be highly regarded.

Successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • Familiarisation with methods used to determine the relationship between stream flows and fish habitat in New Zealand waters.
  • Familiarisation with methods and models used to determine surface water allocation limits for abstractive use.
  • Experience with the design and use of rainfall runoff/catchment models such as SWAT or SOURCE.
  • Experience with the design of regional surface water flow networks to assist with managing minimum flows, determining allocatable volumes and supporting surface water and groundwater flow models.
  • The ability to critically assess flows to determine and isolate the magnitude of changes caused by various stresses such surface water pumping and climate effects.
  • Be able to clearly and effectively report and present findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • An understanding of data quality and uncertainty associated with flow measurements; establishing long-term flows sites; concurrent flow gauging; and creating rating curves for determining stage-discharge relationships.
  • An understanding of the complex interactions with surface water and groundwater and the various methods available to quantify and investigate the resulting physical and chemical changes.
  • Proven experience with programming such as, but not limited to, R, Python, and FORTRAN languages for data manipulation, analysis and statistical computing will be highly regarded.

To view the full job description and the benefits of working at HBRC, please visit the HBRC website: Scientist Hydrology | Current Vacancies | Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (hbrc.govt.nz)