Field Soil Surveyor – Manaaki Whenua

  • Company:
    Science New Zealand
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
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We are looking for an enthusiastic field soil surveyor to help us map and investigate New Zealand’s valuable soil and land resources.

About the opportunity

The role will support research and consultancy into soil and landscape mapping, modelling, and information management, to support and verify sustainable and wise use of natural assets.

The position is open term (permanent) and full time. You will report to a Capability Leader within the Soils & Landscapes team. The position will be based at Palmerston North. While we are most interested in recent graduates able to excel in the field, we are open to the consideration of more qualified or experienced applicants, with job size reproportioned accordingly.

About you

You will have, at minimum, a recent Bachelor-level qualification in soil science, environmental science or a related discipline, with some experience in field operations. You will have an understanding of soil description and classification systems, and ideally an ability to describe and sample soils according to New Zealand standards. On-the-job training in these standards is available to those with less specific experience but a strong interest in the subject. An ability to liaise successfully with farmers, Māori landowners, and regional councils is required. The role requires a high level of physical fitness and availability to travel throughout New Zealand on multi-day field exercises.

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our land, our future – this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research exists. At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving New Zealand’s rich biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and protecting the health of the land, fresh water, and soil resources we need for a prosperous future. We recognise the importance of partnerships, the special role of Māori, and the need to ensure all New Zealanders have the knowledge, understanding, and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious environment. We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our research and work with a wide range of organisations both within New Zealand and globally.

Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique contribution. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family-friendly environment; and enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.