Technician- Dung Beetle Project – Manaaki Whenua

  • Company:
    Science New Zealand
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
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We are looking for an enthusiastic casual employee to assist with sampling and analysis of leachate from lysimeters treated with dung beetles.

About the opportunity

This position contributes technical expertise for water, soil and dung sampling and laboratory processing and analysis for a project on the impact of dung beetles on the movement of nutrients and microbial pathogens through soil. Specifically, the position contributes to:

  • Field work including maintaining leachate collection vessels, measuring and recording leachate volumes, and aseptic collection of leachates from on-site lysimeters
  • General laboratory skills for the processing (analysing samples for Escherichia coli) and handling (e.g. organising for sending via Courier to another site) of soil leachates, soil and dung samples
  • General maintenance of lysimeters
  • Collation of data in a timely and accurate manner
  • This role is casual in nature as soil leachates will need to be collected for measuring and analysis following rainfall events of sufficient duration to cause drainage. This role will be based at our Hamilton Site.

    About you

    You will possess a Tertiary or technical qualification in soil science, environmental science, analytical chemistry, biochemistry or related discipline preferred and experience with soil sampling. You will also have general laboratory skills. As the role requires soil leachates to be collected, measured and analysed following rainfall events you will need to be flexible and able to work post rainfall events.

    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 that 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 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 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; enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.