Science Manager (Southern), Terrestrial Science Unit, Biodiversity Group, Nelson | Nelson

Posted on 30-Apr-2019
Application close date: 27-May-2019
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There is one Science Manager (Southern) role.

The preferred location is Christchurch, but some flexibility around other locations (such as Dunedin or Nelson) may be considered.  


  • Excellent leadership opportunity


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 three new Manager roles have been created. These are excellent opportunities to provide leadership across some of the more complex and challenging conservation issues facing New Zealand.


This role requires candidates with strong leadership experience including people leadership, strategy, financial management, planning and programme management. Applications will be welcomed from candidates with a strong match with the leadership requirements of these roles if you also have a good working knowledge of, or experience in, areas relevant to biodiversity, ecology or environmental science. 


This new role leads research programmes and advice that support the conservation of terrestrial species and ecosystems with oversight of the ecosystems research stream for the unit.   The role requires previous experience leading teams delivering science-related research programmes, including prioritising expenditure and resources, engaging and managing out-sourced research providers, overseeing in-house programmes of work and monitoring and evaluation. The ability to lead others to translate and communicate science and research outputs is another important aspect of the role.


APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 5pm Monday, 27 May 2019.



FURTHER ENQUIRIES:  For enquiries about the Science Manager, Southern please contact John Bell or Annabel McCallum at our recruitment partners JacksonStone 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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