Geothermal Geoscientist

  • Full-time
  • Department: Generation & Trading

Company Description

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Job Description

Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role 

We are currently growing our Reservoir Strategy team within our Geothermal Generation and Trading group, to ensure that we continue to effectively and sustainably manage the geothermal resources under our control.  

The next few years represent a time of substantial change for our geothermal operations. The Tauhara Geothermal project (a 172 MW geothermal plant that is New Zealand’s most significant renewable investment and will incorporate the world’s largest geothermal steam turbine) will be commissioned later in 2023. This is only the first of a broader pipeline of geothermal projects to support ongoing generation from the Wairakei-Tauhara Geothermal System, such as expansions at the Te Huka and Te Mihi geothermal plants. So we have multiple exciting and challenging projects for you to get involved in. 

As a key member of the Reservoir Strategy team, your role will be to contribute geoscientific input into the sustainable, effective management of our reservoirs. It will be your job to update and manage our conceptual resource models (including 3-D geological and thermal models) via the integration of field monitoring and production data and other multi-disciplinary datasets. You will support the incorporation of these learnings into our numerical reservoir models for improved insight into the medium to long-term operation of our geothermal systems and guide which scenarios we should run to test model hypotheses. Having updated, current conceptual models is a crucial component of our reservoir management strategy.

You’ll also monitor the effects of production on our geothermal resources and evaluate potential implications for our geothermal business. Alongside this, you will support our subsidence monitoring and mitigation efforts, ensuring that new understanding of near surface hydrology and reservoir compaction processes are integrated back into our conceptual resource models and reservoir management strategy.

This position reports to our Capability Lead for Reservoir Strategy, Bridget Ayling.


We’re looking for a geoscientist with at least three years’ experience and skills in geological reservoir evaluation, geochemistry, geophysics and/or numerical modelling. You will have a relevant tertiary qualification in geology, engineering or a related field.

Ideally you will have experience in using commercially available reservoir evaluation and spatial analysis tools, such as Seequent Leapfrog and ArcGIS, or the ability to develop these skills through on-the-job training. Experience using data science, analysis and analytical tools such as Python, Excel and/or Matlab would also be beneficial, as well as office productivity tools such as Office 365: we rely heavily on digital tools to work together effectively.

You’ll be joining a small but motivated team and will need to have excellent teamwork and communication skills since you’ll be interacting regularly with the broader geothermal reservoir group’s geologists, reservoir engineers, geochemists, geophysicists and reservoir modellers to ensure consistency between the reservoir models, field data and resource management strategy. You’ll need to have excellent relationship-building skills with the ability to develop strong working relationships with other internal and external stakeholders.

Additional Information

Contact is doing some pretty cool things right now. If you like the sound of what we’re offering, have a genuine interest in the energy sector and our ambition to decarbonise Aotearoa, we’d love to hear from you. 'Apply’ now!  Please remember to include a cover letter with your application so we can get to know you better. Applications close on Monday, 17 April at 11:59 PM NZST but we'll be reviewing applications as they come in so get in quick! 

There are multiple perks to being a permanent Contact kaimahi (employee). Along with great leadership, teammates, development, and growth and progression opportunities, you’ll enjoy flexible working, free health insurance cover, better-than-your-average leave, access to Contact Shares, a ‘Good to be Home’ annual payment toward your home set up & wellbeing, a trail-blazing parental leave, discounts on Contact Energy products, and more.

Research shows that while men apply to jobs where they meet 60% of the criteria, women and those in underrepresented groups tend to only apply if they tick every box. We're not about box ticking, so if you think you have what it takes but don't meet everything stated above, please still get in touch. We'd love to kōrero.

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