Technical Team Leader

University of Waikato

  • Bay of Plenty

Technical Team Leader – Tauranga

Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science

Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science

Ko wai mātou? - Who are we?

Set in stunning surroundings in Hamilton and Tauranga, the University of Waikato strives to set the standard in teaching innovation and global research.

Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science has a unifying commitment to the pursuit of outstanding science. We have access to not only world-class facilities, but some very unique natural environments. The School includes research and teaching in the areas of Aquaculture, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecology and Biodiversity, Environmental Sciences and Molecular and Cellular Biology. We are also proud to contribute to the world's first Bachelor of Climate Change degree.

Ngā kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated and outgoing leader to join the team of highly professional, dedicated science staff working at the University of Waikato. Based in Tauranga at the Coastal Marine Field Station, you will join an institution leading the way in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions with world class research. In this varied role you will lead the Tauranga based technical team and ensure the day to day provision of high quality technical support services for related teaching and research activities for both academics and students. The University of Waikato is expanding in Tauranga and this role plays a key part in the growth and development of taught offerings by the School of Science.

Please note: This role engages with communities mandated by the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 and you will therefore be required to provide proof of vaccination for this role. For more information, please see Covid-19 information site.

Ko wai koe? - Who are you?

You will be a strong communicator, with a demonstrated capacity to work effectively as a team leader and to relate effectively and sensitively to students and staff from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. This is not a desk job, as a senior technician, you will undertake frontline operational tasks with confidence and enthusiasm. Boating/diving experience is preferred but not essential for the right candidate.

For a detailed description of the key tasks and responsibilities, please see the attached position description.

However these are some of the essential ingredients we are seeking the following:

  • Exceptional organisational and time management skills including proven trouble shooting and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of health and safety requirements and practices
  • Extensive relevant work experience in a tertiary scientific teaching and/or research programme
  • A relevant tertiary qualification is essential as is your ability to work independently with a diverse range of staff, students and stakeholders
  • A current NZ full driver's licence is required

For more information about Te Aka Mātuatua, please visit:

We strongly encourage applicants with the relevant capabilities from all backgrounds to apply. We would greatly value seeing applicants from our Māori and Pacific communities. Anyone applying from overseas should be aware of immigration guidelines which can be found here:

He aha ngā take me tono mai ai koe? - Why should you apply for this position?

Our University provides a unique and satisfying work environment with many benefits to our staff including study opportunities, generous superannuation and leave provisions.

Salary will be in the range $88,452 to $98,280 per year, depending on qualifications, skills and experience.

Enquiries should be directed to Helen McKinnon, Technical Manager Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science, email

Applications close on Saturday, 8 February 2022.

Vacancy Number: 410134

For further information and to apply online, please click here.

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