Science Advisor Marine, Aquatic Unit, Biodiversity Group, Nelson | Nelson

Posted on 11-Mar-2019
Application close date: 25-Mar-2019
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Concerns for the marine environment has led to an increased investment by DOC into marine conservation. As a result, DOC is looking to recruit four 4 Science Advisors, Marine. The roles will increase DOC's ability to deliver on marine conservation outcomes. Focal areas will be marine species recovery, fisheries bycatch and marine spatial protection.


This is an excellent opportunity to lead work on some of the more complex and challenging conservation issues facing New Zealand.


The roles cover multiple specialist areas, more specifically:

  • Two roles (500/1210 and 500/1211) focused on increasing marine protection though Marine Protected Area and marine ecosystem science (Dunedin, Hamilton or Auckland based)
  • One role (500/1311) focussed on ensuring the successful recovery of the Māui dolphin/Hector's dolphins and reducing the fisheries bycatch of marine protected species (Wellington based).
  • One role (500/1312) focused on reducing the fisheries bycatch on marine species (Nelson based).


Successful applicants will have:

  • Experience or ability to deliver or support the delivery of conservation outcomes nationally
  • Strong communication skills, including speaking and writing for a range of target audiences
  • Knowledge and experience in the areas of marine ecology, government process and systems development.
  • Resilience as the issues are complex, sometimes contentious and often require long term solutions to resolve the issue to hand.


A tertiary qualification in a related field, or at least 5 years relevant experience, is required.


Selection Process

Applicants can apply for more than one role but should make it clear within their application if they have a preference for a given role or location.

Applications will be assessed by a single panel. Those considered the best fit for a role or roles will be invited for interview. It is possible that applicants may be interviewed for several roles.  Applicants will be advised accordingly at the time.


Please apply online at the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.


For more information on roles 500/1210 and 500/1211 (focused on increasing marine protection) please contact Kris Ramm, Acting Manager Marine Ecosystems (; 027 2013478).

For more information on role 500/1311 (dual focus on Māui dolphin/ Hector's dolphins and fisheries bycatch) or for 500/1312 (focus on fisheries bycatch) please contact Ian Angus, Manager Marine Species and Threats (; 027 7048369)


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 25 March 2019.


DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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