2019-20 Summer Student Science Roles


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Assistants - Science - variety of roles

  • Gain valuable work experience in a science role
  • Help protect Southland's pristine environment
  • Multiple roles avaliable

At Environment Southland we are responsible for upholding the highest standards in the sustainable management of Southland's natural resources - land, water, air and coast.. Our vision is for a thriving Southland - environmentally, socially, economically, and culturally.

We are currently looking for people to fill the following 2019-20 Summer Student roles in the science area.

Assistant - Data Inventory

This role will support an ongoing project to create a data inventory for science projects across freshwater, groundwater, coastal and marine data. Tasks include a mix of data entry, updating documents, communicating with stakeholders and participation in field work for the river and estuary programmes. You will work with the science team and across the organisation, as required.

Assistant - Soils and Groundwater

In this role you will assist the science team's investigations into groundwater and soils across the Southland region. You will primarily be processing and archiving data for our soil moisture and groundwater quality networks. You will also have the opportunity to get out in the field to assist with groundwater sample collection and site maintenance work. Knowledge of geochemical processes and experience processing environmental data sets will be an advantage, along with the ability to work unsupervised in the outdoors.

Assistant - Ecosystem Response

This role will work closely with the Lakes & Estuaries Scientist, Coastal Scientist and the Recreational Waters Programme Coordinator. Tasks include data entry, participation in estuary monitoring field work, reporting weekly recreational bathing results, field work support for the annual biomonitoring programme and updating/creating project descriptions or SOPs. When available, you will also complete field work for the Monitoring & Evaluation team.

All positions require a moderate level of fitness. A current full NZ driver's license is essential. You must be able to confidently drive a manual vehicle. You will also have great customer service and public relations skills. Experience with Arc GIS is desirable. There will be some office based work, however most of the time will be spent in the field.

Experience in the outdoors, around rivers and streams and the ability to drive a manual 4x4 is preferred, but not essential.

These positions are available from late November 2019 to March 2020 (start and end dates are flexible). You are eligible to apply if you are currently enrolled in a tertiary institution, or have graduated this year.

Please indicate the role/s you are applying for in your cover letter.

The pay for these roles will be $18/hr

Applications Close: 22 Sep 2019