Catchment Hydrologist

At the Otago Regional Council (ORC), our mission is ‘for our future’. We’re here to protect and enhance the environment and enable our communities to do the same. To be sure we can deliver on our responsibilities, we are evolving as an organisation, and we’re not overstating when we say we have some really big targets to reach. We need the right people, in the right roles, to help us to get there.

The Opportunity

We think we’ve got a pretty special environment here in Otago, and we are committed to working with our communities to ensure it stays that way now, and for our future. Our science team plays a critical role in this, and they are currently on the look-out for a motivated environmental scientist to join them as a Catchment Hydrologist. This is a newly created position, designed to assist with effective management of Otago’s natural freshwater resources by providing practical hydrology advice (flow naturalisation), hydro-ecology (minimum flows) and professional scientific services to Council, including developing monitoring strategies and keeping us abreast of freshwater legislative and practice use changes both locally and nationally.

About You

The successful candidate for this position will have excellent communication skills, a strong desire to protect and improve our environmental resources, and an affinity for maintaining and building on networking and stakeholder relationships. Ideally, you will have a solid background in hydrological science, technical and research experience in practical hydrology (flow naturalisation) and hydro-ecology (minimum flows). You will be able to translate scientific concepts into solutions that are easily understood across the board, including farmers, councillors, other members of ORC, ratepayers and rural professionals. We're looking for someone who likes to be part of a team and works well with farming communities. You will also have the maturity and confidence to represent ORC’s viewpoint to various stakeholder groups and ensure the scientific integrity and credibility of the Council is maintained.

Specifically, our preferred candidate will have:

  • A PhD or postgraduate research qualification in Science or a relevant discipline;
  • Knowledge of the Resource Management Act and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS FM);
  • 3-5 years’ technical and research experience in hydrology and hydrological modelling, including their limitations;
  • Ideally, 2 years’ experience in a local government setting;
  • Experience in building trusted working relationships with farmers in the catchment;
  • Experience in project and contract management and consultant relationships.

We think Otago’s a pretty special place. It covers a vast area – the third largest local government region in New Zealand. Those who call Otago home enjoy access to mountains, coastal lowlands, dramatic rivers and wild beaches. Our environment here is part of who we are, and at ORC, we work each day to look after it.

If you share this passion and can align your skills and experience to what we’ve outlined above, we would love to hear from you!

Position Description

How to Apply

Please complete the online application form for the position that you are applying for, attach your cover letter and CV detailing your relevant qualifications and experience and submit.

For further information, please contact Jac Grey, Recruitment and Learning Partner –

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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