Employment opportunities

We are happy to list jobs that people let us know about directly, and we frequently check for freshwater-related opportunities to include here.

In general three waters or water engineering positions are not listed here, but if you have an opening you would like promoted, please email the Waterways administrator. A selection of three water jobs are listed here:



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Groundwater Field Technician, (Christchurch) Permanent full time position. Requires a relevant tertiary science qualification, probably in microbiology or chemistry, and computer skills, and possibly some relevant work experience in water science, preferably groundwater science. Demonstrated ability to work independently across a range of technical duties. Ability to travel/be away from home, perform weekend and after hoSurs work on occasion, and carry out fieldwork which can range from 1 to 4 weeks per year and may be up to 1 week at a time. The role may involve heavy lifting and physical work. A current full driver's licence is also required for this role. ESR 18 November, 2018
Senior Tutor, Waterways Centre (Christchurch) 30 hours p/wk continuing position, possibility for full time. Position provides teaching coordination and student support for undergraduate courses at both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, as well as support for postgraduate courses. Applicants should have experience in undergraduate and/or postgraduate tutoring, interest in teaching and communicating knowledge at a tertiary level. Experience with interactive online teaching support systems is desirable. A postgraduate research degree (or equivalent) in a discipline or field of relevance to water resource management is required.

University of Canterbury

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25 November, 2018

Other websites that list water-management vacancies include: NIWA, Science New Zealand (vacancies at all Crown Research Institutes), and Local Government Jobs (for compliance and monitoring roles). Regional councils typically list their summer student roles from about September every year onwards. A few are usually related to water management, and it pays to check their websites on a regular basis.