Summer Students - Terrestrial/Freshwater Science

Date: 13-Sep-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council



  • Gain practical field environmental work experience
  • Paid fixed term, summer work 
  • Learn and grow with exposure to a range of research areas



He angitūtanga: The opportunity

We have a great opportunity for students with a particular interest in terrestrial or freshwater science to work with Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit (RIMU) for a 12-week period over the summer (from November 2021). 

Based in Auckland CBD, but working across the Auckland region, you’ll be working with RIMU 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 macroinvertebrate sampling, water quality sampling and marine intertidal benthic ecology sampling, amongst other interesting areas. Data management will also be a key component of your work.

This role also offers the potential for you to build relationships with RIMU staff for your ongoing studies. For students who continue with post-graduate studies, we can provide logistical support for your research should your subject matter be aligned with areas of importance for the Auckland region.  This could include access to data and reports, equipment, GIS maps and aerial photos, or feedback/input from our team members where appropriate. 

He kōrero mōu: About you

To be eligible for this opportunity, you must:


  • be enrolled in a degree for environmental/biology/natural science or similar. Preference will be given to students completing their BSc and intending to progress to a PGDipSci, BSc (Hons) or MSc
  • hold a clean, restricted or full New Zealand driver’s license 
  • have completed papers in either freshwater quality or ecology or in terrestrial biodiversity/botany/ecology


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


You have a collaborative approach, but are able to undertake tasks independently and proactively where required. You have a passion for the outdoors and are comfortable working outside in all weather conditions, sometimes for long days.  You also have an excellent attitude towards health and safety.  If selected for the terrestrial biodiversity monitoring, you will need to have your own transport to meet at central starting points each day.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

This role offers you a brilliant 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 RIMU and gain first-hand experience of environmental monitoring. 

You will need to provide 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).


For more information, see the position description.   


Please note that the formal job title is Monitoring & Research Student.  This role is deemed safety sensitive and in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.  A full driver's license is a requirement.

Applications close 30 September 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.