Sandy Gatward

Sandy Gatward · +64 22 400 9129 · ·

I am a graduate honour student from the University of Auckland with a background in marine science and geography, specialising in GIS and the coastal enviornment. I am confident in utilising a range of remote sensing programmes and have conducted multiple studies using remote sensing and surveying to understand coastal morphodynamics, population distribution, and more. I am an efficient worker aiming to help a company accomplish their goals while gaining more experience in the GIS field.


December 2013 – present
Recreation assistant, Auckland council

–          Tasked as a key holder and responsible for running the centre once a week.

–          Competent in cash handling and banking reconciliation.

–          Interact with customers both online and in person to help them with their needs.

–          Facilitate a safe programme for the school holidays for children aged 5-13yrs.

–          Complete health and safety forms and ensure staff are up to date with any changes to provide a safe work           environment.

May 2018 – August 2018
Marine research intern, Auckland whale and dolphin safari
–          Visual surveying to locate and identify marine mammal species (mostly common dolphins, Bryde’s whales, bottlenose dolphins and orca/killer whales).

–          Data collection during marine mammal encounters (photo-ID, GPS, environmental data, behavioural data) and other marine life encounters (ranging from plankton to megafauna) .

–          Interacting with passengers one-on-one and over the PA system.

–          Assisting crew with general duties during particularly busy periods.

–          Updating sightings databases, photo processing and other tasks associated marine research.

May 2016 – October 2016
Seal advocate, Department of Conservation & Project Jonah, New Zealand
–          Monitor seal behaviour.

–          Take a biopsy sample from the deceased seal from the tail for analysis and bury the animal.

–          Hand out brochures to people with information on how to stay safe around the seal and what they need to do if they come across the seal.

–          Monitor people’s movements and advising them that DOC advises that people should remain 20 m away from the seal.



2017 – 2018
Bachelor of Science (hons), the University of Auckland
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science with honours in Geography. The focus of my dissertation was on the “Spatial distribution of chenier building molluscs in Miranda” to understand the relationship between molluscs and the chenier plain. The study utilised my skills that I have developed using ArcGIS to demonstrate the spatial distribution of molluscs throughout the mudflats and the modern chenier plain in Miranda. Alongside my dissertation, I continued to study coastal dynamics and utilise GIS tools in different contexts such as mapping the occurrences of traffic incidents in the Auckland region.

2015 – 2017
Bachelor of Science, The University of Auckland
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science and majored in marine science and geography. Throughout my degree, my studies have focused on the marine and coastal environment especially in the New Zealand context. I have developed a range of practical skills that has allowed me to conduct experiments, analyse objects such as sediment, fishes and algae, and also to understand coastal morphodynamics by utilising specialised equipment along with surveying. I have also worked in remote sensing using several programs such as ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, MATLAB, and Net Logo to complete maps, simulations, and basic coding.

2010 – 2014
NCEA level 3, Edgewater College, Auckland
During my schooling I did a range of classes such as music, English, statistics, Japanese, chemistry, physical education, biology and more. I was a part of my school Jazz Band where we would often compete in competitions and go on tour to different parts of New Zealand to play for rural schools. I was captain of the school 1st XI hockey team which won our divison and has represented my school at both the Auckland and North Island orienteering competitions.


·         Capable of using ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, MATLAB, Net Logo

·         Understand remote sensing and cartography

·         Clean full NZ car driver license

·         NZ First Aid certificate
·         Proficient in using Microsoft Office products

·         Experience conducting field work in both the coastal and marine environment

·         Confident in engaging with people



During my free time I enjoy being active and outdoors. To achieve this, I play hockey regularly while also attending my local gym three times a week. I enjoy working with animals and don’t mind giving up some of my hours to do volunteer work such as looking after animals and helping around the community.


Referees are available on request


Feb 2018 - Nov 2018

Bachelor of Science (Hons) - Geography at University of Auckland

Feb 2015 - Nov 2017

Bachelor of Science - Geography & Marine Science at University of Auckland

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