Join our team

We are always looking for motivated, suitably experienced people to join our teams in Christchurch, Ashburton, Hastings and Otago.

If you feel you have relevant skills and experience, please email with your CV, even if there are no relevant vacancies listed below.

Current positions open

Field Technician/Environmental Scientist

We are the leading provider of services relating to Water and Land Management. We have an opportunity for a full time Field Technician/Environmental Scientist based in Christchurch, with regular travel across the region.

Tasks are varied and include aquifer testing, flow measurements, water quality sampling, use and installation of various sensors and telemetry equipment, and associated data analysis and reporting.

Once trained, you will eventually manage aspects of Aqualinc’s field programme and be responsible for project delivery from start to finish (project planning, field work and field work management, data analysis and report writing).

The Role

You will be involved with both field and office-based work: you will work hands-on, installing and maintaining monitoring systems on-farm, as well as other testing and monitoring, and associated written reporting.

You can work successfully as part of a team and autonomously and unsupervised in remote locations.

A key part of your role is regular personal contact with farmers/landowners and other clients. An understanding of farm systems and practices would be beneficial.

In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Hydrological Field work such as aquifer testing, open channel flow measurements, well step tests etc.

  • Installing telemetry systems (including field sensors).

  • Routine maintenance and troubleshooting breakdowns of field systems.

  • Working with Aqualinc’s systems and tools to analyse and report on gathered field data.

  • Analysing and reporting on field data to support regulatory and investigatory project work.

  • Providing technical support to other staff.

We will provide you with a comprehensive support network and training to ensure your ongoing success in this role and as part of our team.

Successful applicants will have:

You will have good practical skills and an ability and desire to learn new things. Ideally you will have experience with collecting and analysing hydrological data via data acquisition systems, and have experience with database management, though this is not essential.

You are confident working in the outdoors unsupervised; you have a reasonable level of physical fitness and a strong health and safety focus.

Ideally you will have an understanding of farm systems and practices.

You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to interact effectively with farmers and Aqualinc staff. To excel in this fast-paced environment you will also have excellent organisational and time-management skills.

You will receive full and detailed training.

We provide a work environment that encourages the personal and professional development. There are many opportunities for career advancement (or change) for all staff.

You must have a full (clean) driver’s license.

You should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

If you are an enthusiastic, proactive self-starter and team player with a focus on exceptional customer service and support, this could be just the role you have been looking for.

Closing date: 30 November 2023
Are you a graduate?

Working for Aqualinc we can provide you with:

  • A range of highly skilled colleagues to learn from and be mentored by

  • Both office and field work

  • Welcoming, supportive, and flexible work environment

  • Comprehensive training and development

  • Nationwide opportunities

  • We provide contributions to training and professional memberships

Summer interns

Applications open in April

  • Internships run from November to February

  • You will have an opportunity to find out what it is like to work as a junior engineer or scientist

  • We provide an induction programme to help you get familiar with Aqualinc

  • Be part of our social activities

  • Both office and field work

  • If you are offered a Graduate position at the end of your internship, we will maintain ongoing contact with you throughout your final year at University

How to apply

You don’t need to have previous experience to join our team. You just need to have a desire to learn and a genuine interest in water and land. Even if you are unsure of what area you might like to eventually specialise in, talk to us about the potential to build your career with Aqualinc.

Suitable candidates will have an interest, background, or related degree in agriculture, engineering, or science.

Candidates should enjoy or have a desire to learn and develop their knowledge in the following areas:

  • Irrigation and soil moisture management

  • Water resource consents

  • Public water supply

  • Conducting independent research

Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae to:
1 Bolt Place, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
Or email:

What makes Aqualinc a great place to work?

  • We are a specialist environmental consultancy — we focus on water and soil

  • Our flat management structure means our people receive opportunities and exposure to senior people

  • We are a solely New Zealand owned and operated company

  • Our culture is supportive, flexible, and friendly

  • We care about fostering a place built on inclusion, participation, and equal opportunity

Christchurch: +64 3 964 6521
Ashburton: +64 3 307 6680
Hastings: +64 6 873 404
Cromwell: +64 27 457 0415

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