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GNS Science, Te Pū Ao, is New Zealand’s leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services. Its purpose is to understand natural Earth system processes and resources, and to translate these into economic, environmental and social benefits.

Through BLAKE’s partnership with GNS Science, this year one young New Zealander will be given the opportunity to take part in the Lakes380 programme.

Lakes380—Our Lakes’ Health: past, present, future is a five-year research project that will enrich our understanding of the environmental, social and cultural histories of 10% of New Zealand’s 3,800 lakes.

This involves collecting and analysing lake sediments and water samples in some of the most remote lakes in New Zealand.

Currently, approximately 200 lakes are monitored with data spanning 30 years or less. Capturing 1000 years of lake history will contribute new knowledge to ensure our lakes are valued and protected – now and for generations to come.

Further information about the 2020 programme is oulined below.


BLAKE GNS Ambassador Programme – 2020

BLAKE GNS Ambassador – Lakes380
Mid-January to Late February 2021 (approx. 6 weeks)

Join a national and international team of researchers to characterise and reconstruct the health of New Zealand’s lakes (

Learn about environmental reconstruction and monitoring techniques and contribute to the effort to understand the health of New Zealand’s lakes through time to the present day.

Applicants will assist the field collection and laboratory analytics teams. Applicants should have an interest in earth and environmental/freshwater science.

Applicants will need to be good team players and have strong communication skills. Applicants should be numerate with computer skills and be familiar with working in laboratory and remote environments. Long days of fieldwork may be required.

The Ambassador will:

  • Assist in field collection of lake sediment core and water quality samples from locations around New Zealand.
  • Conduct water and sediment sampling.
  • Assist with laboratory sample analysis at GNS Science and Cawthron Institute.
  • Assist with data generation and processing.
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