Irrigation Scientist/Engineer

Christchurch Central, Christchurch (NZ)
Aug 02, 2017
Sep 01, 2017
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NIWA is New Zealand's leading provider of natural resources and environmental research and applied science services, specialising in atmospheric, climate, freshwater and marine research, with more than 600 staff in 15 sites around New Zealand.

We are seeking an early-career Irrigation Scientist/Engineer to join NIWA’s large, collegial and highly-skilled hydrology team, to contribute to NIWA’s hydrological science and instrument system groups in supporting and developing NIWA’s science services in the irrigation management area. Specific project topics may include irrigation systems consultancy, design and establishment of on-farm instrumentation, training end-users in accessing and processing irrigation and drainage data and analysing irrigation and drainage data for application within hydrology models. Many of the projects will be multidisciplinary and the project teams may include resource management and water quality scientists, ecologists, geomorphologists, catchment modellers, climatologists, engineers and planners, in addition to hydrologists.

We are seeking a positive team player who is enthusiastic about contributing to hydrological science for the benefit of New Zealand, and has a proactive, problem-solving attitude. The successful candidate will have a Masters or a doctoral degree with experience in hydrology, irrigation hydrology, hydro-meteorology or a closely related field. At least two years’ experience with irrigation projects and hydrological process investigations with a focus on soil-water-vegetation interaction, and proven ability to work in a multi-stakeholder environment are essential attributes. Also desirable would be knowledge of good practice irrigation principles relevant to New Zealand conditions, a demonstrated ability in the manipulation and analysis of large environmental datasets and experience of field instrumentation design, set-up and operation.