Technical Advisor Monitoring, (Freshwater), (2), Planning and Support Unit, Biodiversity Group, Christchurch

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  • Category: Science/Environment
  • Location: Christchurch
  • Date Advertised: 30-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: DOC/500/40215I
  • Job Title: Technical Advisor Monitoring, (Freshwater), (2), Planning and Support Unit, Biodiversity Group, Christchurch
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This advert is for one role based in either Christchurch, Wellington or Hamilton (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. The objective of this programme is to provide data to enable robust status and trend assessment of the ecological integrity of freshwater streams and rivers.


The Role

As the Technical Advisor – Freshwater you will provide logistical and field work support as well as contribute to planning, monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the integrated freshwater monitoring programme.  You will provide specialist advice to support the implementation of methods, systems and tools underpinning the programme, including training; information management, sample and data curation and quality control and assurance processes.

This is a pivotal role working across multiple teams and external organisations to support implementation.


A bit about you

You will be an experienced freshwater monitoring specialist with good working knowledge of methods and field operations. You will have excellent communication skills and experience training and upskilling others. You will have had experience implementing field programmes including training, logistics and staff supervision.


Key skills

  • postgraduate qualification and a minimum of 3 years experience in freshwater ecology and monitoring components of ecological integrity.
  • experience in implementing field programmes 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
  • experience with freshwater monitoring methods and the development and delivery of field protocols, training courses and supporting materials for field staff
  • excellent project management and coordination skills
  • strong communication skills to produce useful technical outputs and advice to a very high professional standard
  • Highly experienced in a “partnership approach” – collaborating on projects with internal and external team members and identifying new opportunities for doing so
  • Demonstrates a strong attention to detail


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 description.

For any queries, please contact Meredith Mckay,, or telephone (027) 287 6820, quoting vacancy 500/40215. 

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.