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Horizons Regional Council

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Palmerston North


Research Associate - Water Quality & Biomonitoring

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Palmerston North




13 months ago

Application Open

12th Sep 2019 12:00am

Application Close

29th Sep 2019 12:00am

About u
The Horizons region extends over 22,200km2 – from Ruapehu in the north and Horowhenua in the south, to Whanganui in the west and Tararua in the east. It’s a landscape as vast and varied as the over 240,000 people who call it home. At Horizons Regional Council we work to make our region a great place to live, work and play.

The role
Following a recent secondment within the science and innovation team, we are now seeking a Research Associate to work in Palmerston North, on a 12 month fixed-term basis. You will work alongside a team of scientists to collect, collate and manage data that underpins the management of natural resources across our large and diverse region. This is one of two science positions currently advertised - the other role is for a permanent Research Associate – Water Quality and Biomonitoring.

About you
Skills and experience in freshwater biological monitoring, data management, and analysis are essential, as is an ability to communicate scientific information in an engaging and informative way.  Suitable candidates should hold a Bachelor of Science or similar degree and preferably a post-graduate qualification in a relevant natural science. Candidates with knowledge of freshwater ecology, environmental management or chemistry, are preferred; previous experience in the monitoring of aquatic ecosystems will be viewed favourably.

If you enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather, are adept at identifying ways to improve efficiencies in data collection/capture, and enjoy being part of a young and dynamic team - this may be the role for you.

Why should you apply?
When you join us, you can look forward to a rewarding career full of opportunities to develop, along with a positive and supportive work environment. We do this through: 

• Strong focus on employee health, wellness and wellbeing
• Flexible family friendly work environment
• Assistance with tertiary education
• Positive health and safety culture
• Capability development programmes that enable advancement into leadership roles, along with skill development across different functional jobs; and
• A supportive and social work environment where enduring friendships and collegiality develop.

Horizons are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to ensuring we have a diverse and inclusive workplace so our people reflect the diversity of our region.