Science Advisor, Species and Ecosystems, Terrestrial Science Unit, Biodiversity Group, Wellington | Wellington

Posted on 14-May-2019
Application close date: 03-Jun-2019
Location:
Wellington
Category:
Science/Environment
Position type:
Permanent
Job reference:
DOC/500/20406I2
Attachments:
  • Excellent career opportunities
  • North & South Island locations available 
  • The preferred locations are Auckland, Hamilton, Whangarei, Wellington, Dunedin and Invercargill but other locations may be considered (such as Rotorua, Christchurch or Nelson) 

 

The Department of Conservation (DOC) received a significant funding boost in 2018 of $181.6 million over four years.   This is one of the biggest funding increases that DOC has ever received, and it will benefit New Zealand's native plants, wildlife and natural landscapes.  $76 million of this funding is for biodiversity initiatives across land, freshwater and marine ecosystems, which means that DOC's Biodiversity Group is expanding in order to deliver its ambitious new work programme.

 

Within the Terrestrial Science Unit six new Science Advisor roles have been created.  These are excellent opportunities for outstanding conservationists to work on some of the more complex and challenging conservation issues facing New Zealand.  The overarching focus of all the roles is to lead research and provide associated advice on the protection and recovery of terrestrial threatened species and ecosystems.   

 

All the roles will be fast-paced and require strategic and lateral thinkers, who are natural collaborators, connectors, influencers and communicators.  The ability to communicate and translate research findings to non-science audiences is critical and candidates must be confident presenters and have an aptitude for mentoring and training others.

 

  • There are two roles with an ecosystems focus.   One role will be based in the North Island and could be based in Auckland, Hamilton, Whangarei or Wellington. Other locations like Rotorua may be considered. One role will be based in the South Island in Dunedin or Invercargill.  Other locations like Christchurch or Nelson may be considered.

 

The roles will lead research and advice aimed at understanding the causes of decline in our threatened ecosystems, develop and test management tools for these ecosystems, review how to improve the costs and ecological effectiveness of existing ecological restoration tools and monitor and report on the outcomes of the work they lead.     

 

  • There are another two roles with a species focus.  One role will be based in the North Island and could be based in Auckland, Hamilton, Whangarei or Wellington. Other locations like Rotorua may be considered. One role will be based in the South Island in Dunedin or Invercargill.  Other locations like Christchurch or Nelson may be considered.

 

The roles will lead research projects that increase our knowledge of threatened species that we don't know how to manage, help the development of management methods and tools to protect and recover threatened species, and improve our knowledge of the causes of the decline of a range of species.  

 

  • We also have a Science Advisor role that is focussed on supporting the Strategy team in the Terrestrial Science Unit. This role can be based in Wellington, Dunedin and Invercargill. Other locations may be considered. We are looking for someone who has the agility to work across several projects on threatened species and threatened ecosystems and supports the development of a strategic and prioritised framework that underpins these areas of work. You will be researching strategic initiatives, which includes environmental scanning and analysis of future trends to help identify risks, issues and opportunities that impact the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems.

 

The ecosystems and species roles require at a minimum, post graduate, but ideally PhD, qualifications in terrestrial science, ecology or natural science and 3 - 5 years' relevant experience.  Experience in developing monitoring methods, herpetofauna, threatened invertebrates or threatened plants would be highly valued in these roles.

 

The Science Advisor in the Strategy team requires a post graduate qualification in natural sciences and 2-3 year's relevant work experience. We are looking for an early career scientist with developed research and analytical skills that can be applied to strategy development.

 

  • There is a sixth Science Advisor role with a focus on mobile threatened species. This role can be based in Auckland, Hamilton, Whangarei or Dunedin (if Dunedin, then the successful candidate will report into the Southern Science team). The emphasis of this role is twofold: increasing the understanding of various terrestrial mobile species, and leading research programmes that provide relevant interventions to manage these species for recovery and prevent declines and extinctions.

 

This role requires a post graduate qualification in terrestrial science, ecology or natural science and 3-5 years' experience in mobile species research. Experience working with threatened species would be highly valued but is not essential. 

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSE:  5pm, Monday 3 June 2019 
APPLY OR VIEW THE POSITION DESCRIPTION: www.jacksonstone.co.nz
REFERENCE: 6063
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: John Bell or Annabel McCallum at JacksonStone & Partners on 04 550 8000

 

Applicants can apply for more than one role.   To apply, please provide a CV and cover letter and indicate which role(s) interest you and what your location preference(s) are.  Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

 

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

 

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