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Monitoring & Research Student

Date: 05-Aug-2019

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

  • Gain real-life work experience in the field
  • Paid Summer work, with opportunities for a long term relationship with Auckland Council
  • Learn and develop with exposure to a range of research areas

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

As a Monitoring & Research Student in Auckland Council’s Environmental Student Partnership Programme, you’ll be gaining practical work experience with our Research and Evaluations Unit (RIMU). This programme offers you a two-year relationship with the Council at the start of your PGDipSci or BSc (Hons), with support for applied research during your MSc thesis year.

We are seeking students interested in applied marine, terrestrial, freshwater or air research to work with RIMU for an initial 12 week period over the Summer. 


There are three components to this unique programme:


1) Summer work at Auckland Council:  November 2019 - February 2020

You’ll be working with Auckland Council for a 12 week period, for 40 hours/week, on a mixture of field and office-based tasks. Some of the key projects you could be working on may include forest and wetland monitoring, freshwater macro-invertebrate sampling, water quality sampling and marine intertidal benthic ecology sampling, amongst other opportunities. Data management will also be a key component of your work.

Your performance throughout the summer will help determine your advancement into the funding programme for your Masters studies.


2) PGDipSci / BSc (Hons):  March 2020 - November 2020

After you return to University to complete your postgraduate papers, there is the opportunity to work intermittently for Auckland Council over the year (depending on your course load and work availability). During this year you develop a project with your University supervisor and Auckland Council staff. Your project needs to have an aspect of research applied to a management issue for the Auckland Council.

Continuation in the programme is evaluated based on your thesis proposal. 


3) Masters thesis research:  November 2020 - February 2022

During this time you carry out full time research on your thesis project. There is the opportunity to receive a stipend from Auckland Council for your personal use (the stipend is paid in instalments based on your progress). Auckland Council will provide logistical support for your research where possible, such as access to data and reports, equipment, GIS maps, aerial photos, discounts for laboratory tests Auckland Council staff will also provide support and input where appropriate.


He kōrero mōu: About you

To be eligible for this position you must:
•    Be a full time student for your PGDipSci or BSc (Hons), commencing in 2020;
•    Have the intention to carry on with postgraduate studies (MSc) in a NZ university; and 
•    Hold a restricted or full New Zealand driver’s license. 


You’ll have a collaborative approach but be able to undertake tasks independently and proactively where required. You’ll have a positive attitude, and be comfortable working outside in all weather conditions, sometimes for long days.


A current first aid certificate, day skippers or water safety qualification would be beneficial, but is not essential. 


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

This opportunity offers you a Summer job that is related to your degree and will give you valuable work experience to help propel your career in the future. You’ll have the opportunity to work across different environmental specialisations across Council, and gain first-hand experience of environmental management. Additionally, you’ll have ongoing opportunities to get funding for your thesis year through our stipend and research assistance, and the support and advice of the experienced and knowledgeable RIMU team.  


You will need the following to apply:
•    Cover letter;
•    CV showing any relevant experience;
•    Your academic transcript, showing courses completed and grades achieved (this could be an official or unofficial academic transcript, however, please be aware we will require an official copy of your academic transcript prior to employment); 
•    An outline of your research interests and career aspirations (up to 1000 characters); 
•    Preferred: A letter of support from a potential supervisor to show you are intending to continue in your studies. 


For a copy of the position description, please email 


Applications close Monday, 2nd September 2019 

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.