Technical Advisor, Monitoring (Freshwater)

Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation

  • Permanent
  • Multiple Location Options

Technical Advisor, Monitoring (Freshwater) 

Based in Christchurch or Wellington  

  • Permanent position for a freshwater monitoring specialist
  • Contribute to and influence meaningful conservation mahi in biodiversity
  • Opportunity to network with internal and external freshwater specialists 

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is in the process of designing and implementing an integrated freshwater monitoring programme. This programme is undergoing staged development and implementation at national, catchment and local scales, collecting data on plant and animal communities, water quality and habitat characteristics at a range of locations throughout the country. The objective of this programme is to provide data at a range of scales to enable robust status and trend assessment of the ecological integrity of freshwater streams and rivers.  

He angitūtanga: About the Role

We are seeking a Technical Advisor Monitoring, Freshwater where you will provide logistical and field work support as well as contribute to planning, monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the integrated freshwater monitoring programme.  You will provide specialist advice to support the implementation of methods, systems and tools underpinning the programme, including training, information management, sample and data curation and quality control and assurance processes.

This is a pivotal role working across multiple teams and external organisations to support implementation.

This position is based in Christchurch or Wellington, however we may be open to alternative locations such as Hamilton and Wellington. In this role, you will have the opportunity to travel to fantastic scenic landscapes across New Zealand. 

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will be an experienced freshwater monitoring specialist with good working knowledge of methods and field operations.  We want to hear from you if you have: 

  • Postgraduate qualification and experience in freshwater ecology and monitoring components of ecological integrity.
  • Experience in implementing field programmes to capture and deliver monitoring data.
  • An understanding of statistical methods in the design of technical programmes and analysis of results.
  • Experience with freshwater monitoring methods as well as development and delivery of field protocols, training courses and supporting materials for field staff.
  • Excellent project management and coordination skills. 
  • Strong communication and relationship skills including the ability to train, coach and upskill a diverse range of people.
  • Highly experienced in a “partnership approach” - collaborating on projects with internal and external stakeholders and identifying new opportunities for doing so.
  • Strong attention to detail and computer savvy skills.
  • Previous experience working in partnership with iwi, an understanding of tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori would be an advantage.
  • Ability to identify freshwater species and electrofishing experience is highly desirable. 

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What's in it for you?

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

Salary Range $72,610 to $92,780. Starting salary of the successful candidate will be based on their relevant skills and experience.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. 

For any enquiry, please contact Jason Mackiewicz at or on 0272902895.

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 24th January 2022 

Department of Conservation/ Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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