Technical Advisor Monitoring, (Freshwater), (1), Planning and Support Unit, Biodiversity

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  • Category: Science/Environment
  • Location: Hamilton
  • Date Advertised: 29-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: DOC/500/40214IH
  • Job Title: Technical Advisor Monitoring, (Freshwater), (1), Planning and Support Unit, Biodiversity
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This advert is for one position based in either Christchurch, Wellington or Hamilton which has been advertised in multiple locations


The Department of Conservation (DOC) is in the process of designing and implementing a national freshwater monitoring programme. This programme will collect data on plant and animal communities, water quality and habitat characteristics at a range of locations throughout the country. This programme will provide data to enable robust status and trend assessment of the ecological integrity of freshwater streams and rivers.


The Role

The Technical Advisor, Monitoring (Freshwater) will be responsible for leading implementation of the national and integrated freshwater monitoring programmes.

Working closely with Technical Advisor, Monitoring (Freshwater) E Band and the wider team, you will pick up the work completed to date and lead a pilot programme this summer. This will include identifying real-world logistical and methodological constraints which will influence the extent and complexity of the finalised monitoring programme.


A bit about you

You will be a highly experienced freshwater monitoring specialist with strong working relationships and influence with key individuals and groups from relevant sectors and organisations. We are looking for a leader with excellent technical communication skills who can supervise, train and engage with staff at all levels.


The ideal candidate will

  • a postgraduate qualification and a minimum of 7 years of experience in freshwater ecology and monitoring components of ecological integrity.
  • Commands peer group recognition within ecological monitoring speciality
  • have experience in leading projects and teams to capture and deliver monitoring data to a specified standard is essential.
  • an understanding of statistical methods in the design of technical programmes and analysis of results
  • have experience with freshwater monitoring methods and the development and delivery of field protocols, training courses and supporting materials for field staff
  • Highly experienced in a “partnership approach” – collaborating on projects with internal and external team members and identifying new opportunities for doing so
  • have excellent project management and coordination skills
  • have experience with implementation of new programmes


Along with recently being awarded New Zealand’s second most attractive employer (first in the public service!) people like working for us because we offer:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general travel and accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role/project description.

For any queries, please contact Meredith Mckay,, or telephone (027) 287 6820quoting vacancy 500/40214.  

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 12 November 2019.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.