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Intermediate Healthy Waters Specialist

Date: 30-Apr-2021

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Our Waterways Planning team is looking for a new member to join them as an Intermediate Healthy Waters Specialist! This is a great opportunity to provide support for the ongoing development of the Healthy Waters Departments Geomorphically Effective Management Solutions (GEMS) programme and the delivery of best practice management solutions associated with natural watercourses.  


The primary focus of this role will be associated with management of natural watercourses and the effects of land use change on these systems around the Auckland region to achieve improved environmental and water quality outcomes.  The role will also assist with the development and delivery of the stream erosion toolbox. Overall, you will also want to ensure that Waterways Planning projects are integrated with community and iwi outcomes.


You can expect to work on:

  • Providing technical land management advice focusing on freshwater and coastal aquatic habitats to land managers, business, industry and community groups to contribute towards environmental sustainability
  • Promoting the use of stream geomorphology and physical processes to assist with managing ongoing stream bank erosion and development of effective multidisciplinary stream restoration and riparian management practices
  • Undertaking site visits to properties within the region assessing the current condition of aquatic habitats, future risk and provide advice associated with improvement opportunities through incorporating best practice land management methods into business practice


Assisting with:

  • Development or regional geospatial models associated with erosion risk identification and management
  • Incorporation of the River Styles geomorphology approach to river management into the Healthy Waters GEMS framework.
  • Development of a Stream Criticality Model for the Auckland Region as a means of incorporating natural streams into stormwater asset management systems.


This is a fixed term role to April 2022.


He kōrero mōu: About you


This role would suit a someone with good knowledge of stream geomorphology and the Auckland landform with some background hydrology geospatial systems knowledge. You do not need to have prior work experience necessarily, though work experience in related fields would be an advantage. 


We will be looking specifically looking for:

  • A tertiary qualification in an environmental science, land management or agriculture related discipline 
  • A full driver licence

Ideally you will have experience in:

  • Stream geomorphology and erosion management
  • Practical application of River Styles
  • Stream channel restoration methods associated with land use change
  • Geotechnical and soil science knowledge associated with natural material strength and erosion resistance.
  • Working knowledge of geospatial software and Microsoft Office applications


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


Auckland Council is one of the largest local authorities in the South Pacific providing essential services and facilities to more than 1.5 million people. We are committed to environmental action and green growth to achieve our vision of becoming the world’s most liveable city. 


In return for your hard work, you can expect a flexible and supportive work environment. 

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini My success is not mine alone, but the success of many.


You’ll also have access to a range of fantastic Auckland Council benefits, including discounted Leisure Centre membership and a range of other partnership discounts!


Tono inaianei: Apply Now!


If you have the required experience and a passion for developing life-long learners who think and act sustainably, then we want to hear from you!
Applications close: 16 May 2021


Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.