Senior Resource Scientist - Land & Soil

Richmond, New Zealand

Reference: 5326523

As a unitary authority we work hard to ensure our natural resources are managed for the benefit of present and future generations. In this newly created role we're looking for a Senior Resource Scientist to support us with strengthening our Environmental Information team to achieve the aim of delivering sustainable land management planning and environmental works programmes.

Based in Richmond, in the heart of the Tasman Region, this role is primarily involved with provision of scientific expertise and advice to meet the Council's objectives through environmental monitoring of the effectiveness of resource plans and soil health for "state of the environment reporting". In addition you will undertake targeted investigations into soil resources, storm event assessment, and hazard risk and erosion susceptibility. You will also oversee a small team of forestry, contaminated land and farm planning staff.

We envisage you will be a strong role model, capable of developing, motivating and leading a small team. This will be complemented by your solid technical capability and understanding of regional environmental issues, which will enable you to make a strong contribution to advocacy and education about sustainable environmental management and effective implementation of riparian management and erosion control with landowners, community groups and land based industries. On top of this you'll be a skilled communicator at ease writing professional reports and presenting information to Council, management, or the public.

If you are passionate about caring for our environment, comprising world-renowned landscapes and strong primary production sector, then this is the role for you. In return, we offer ongoing professional development, a variety of challenging and interesting work, relocation assistance and an excellent range of benefits. Apply now!

Applications Close: 31 Jan 2021

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Summer students

Every year we employ a number of Summer Students across the Council, to work for a period of 12-16 weeks over the summer months (mid-November to February). Recruitment for Summer Students begins in early July. All applications must be submitted online via the vacancy on our Vacancies page between 1 July and 31 July each year.

This year we have vacancies in Engineering Services, Environmental Policy, Environmental Information (Hydrology, Resource Science and Biosecurity), and Regulatory (Compliance Monitoring and Harbourmaster).


  • Why Tasman?

    Climate and lifestyle are two of the major factors for people choosing to live and work in the Tasman District. Building great communities through employing great people. Will you be one of them?

  • What's in it for you?

    Ample learning and development opportunities, flexible working options and a benefits package to suit your preferences - just some of the reasons to join our team.

  • Meet the team

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