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2017-18 Summer Student Positions
Position Closing Date
Biosecurity Assistants 5.00 pm, Friday, 22 September 2017
Possum density monitoring (one position)
This largely field based work involves the setting up of monitoring detection devices according to a national protocol and retrieving them one week later. Office work will include examining the devices for the presence/absence of possum mark, data entry and reports. You will be responsible for arranging property access with multiple landowners. Experience in the outdoors is preferable. You may also need to assist with other Biosecurity work, as required.
Weed data and pest plant control work (two positions)
Weed data is collected from 100 sites throughout the region. You will be responsible for arranging property access with multiple landowners and recording the presence of weed species at each site.
Pest plant sites are inspected annually. Control work is undertaken where necessary and the information recorded for comparison at the next inspection. Note: all positions require a moderate level of fitness. A current full NZ driver’s license is essential. You must be able to drive a manual vehicle. You will also have great customer service and public relations skills. Experience with Arc GIS is desirable. The ability to drive a manual 4x4 is preferred, but not essential.
These positions are available for 10 weeks from late November to early February. You are eligible to apply if you are currently enrolled in a tertiary institution, or have graduated this year.
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Science Assistants 5.00 pm, Friday, 22 September 2017
Environmental Data Collection – (November 2017-February 2018) - this will focus on providing assistance with the collection of environmental data across Southland. It will involve collecting hydrology, water quality, aquatic ecology, groundwater and air quality data under the supervision of staff from the Environmental Data team.
Electric Fishing (November 2017-mid/late March 2018) - the role will focus on monitoring and identification of fish from rivers across Southland. Monitoring will be conducted using a user-operated electric fishing machine, under the supervision of staff from the Environmental Data team. Some data analysis will be required. Experience in identifying a variety of fish species would be advantageous.
Water Resources (late November/early December 2017-late March 2018) – this will suit those with an interest in hydrology, hydrogeology and ecohydrology. Work will include gauging streams and measuring bore levels, as well as field support for an instream trout habitat survey.
Biomonitoring (early January-mid/late March 2018) – focussing on the collection of macroinvertebrates and water samples from rivers across Southland, under the supervision of Environmental Data staff. Note: all positions require a moderate level of fitness. A current full NZ driver’s license is essential. You must be able to drive a manual vehicle. You will also have great customer service and public relations skills. Experience with Arc GIS is desirable. There will be some office based work, however most of the time will be spent in the field.
Experience in the outdoors, around rivers and streams and the ability to drive a manual 4x4 is preferred, but not essential.
You are eligible to apply if you are currently enrolled in a tertiary institution, or have graduated this year.
Click here to apply and upload your CV and cover letter, stating your preferred role.
Consents Officer/Senior Consents Officer 5.00 pm, Monday, 9 October 2017
At Environment Southland, we actively enhance the experience of living and working in a sustainable region. Our employees experience this first hand through a positive and supportive work culture, challenging and interesting work, and the flexibility to manage their own hours. With the great outdoors at your back door and affordable housing, Southland is a great lifestyle choice.
We’re looking for a team player to join our consents team. This role would ideally suit a senior consents officer with experience, but we are also willing to consider someone in a graduate position.
It’s our responsibility to process resource consent applications to ensure the sustainable use of Southland’s air, water, land and coastal resources.
Our Consents Officers are a key contact for members of the public and to be successful in this role, you need to be friendly and approachable, willing to get your feet wet, well organised and able to meet strict deadlines. A sense of humour is essential.
Job descriptions - Consents Officer.pdf; Senior Consents Officer.pdf
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