Director, Aquatic, Wellington | Wellington

Posted on 09-Oct-2017
Application close date: 25-Oct-2017
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Science Leadership vacancy at Department of Conservation Wellington

Kiwi's imaginations have been captured by the thought of a Predator Free New Zealand in their lifetimes.  They are also expressing greater concerns about the state of our rivers and marine environment.  They are looking for new ways to contribute to the effort and are asking different questions of DOC about how they can play their part.

The introduction of a new Biodiversity business group allows us to bring a new profile to the work that our science teams do and an opportunity to connect that work to the challenge that Kiwis have laid down.

We are looking for an inspiring and influential Director to join our Biodiversity Group.

Reporting to the Deputy Director-General, Biodiversity, the Director, Aquatic is a critical role in leading the organisation's marine and freshwater functions.  The Unit provides advice, research innovation and system development in the field of aquatic ecosystems.

Your role will be both to lead and inspire the Unit through a varied and challenging work programme; and to engage in a committed leadership team shaping the direction of the Biodiversity Group as a whole.  Building influential networks, especially within MfE, MPI and the fishing industry will be critical to your role; as will assisting the members of your own leadership team to align their work within the Department's strategic objectives.

The role is fulltime and Wellington-based, although your Science and Technical Advisors are spread across the country, so occasional travel will be required.  Significant experience providing leadership in a science role is essential.

New Zealand has a world leadership opportunity to integrate our culture, people and the environment to create a hugely compelling advantage for New Zealand's leadership role with the world (“Our Gift to the World”), by drawing on our unique emergent conservation philosophy that interweaves ancient Maori and Western notions of stewardship, and recognises the interdependent relationship between people and nature – a kaituakitanga ethos.

This ethos carries within it an intrinsic duty of care for people and planet.  It is in our nature to look after nature.  Join us.

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

For any queries, please contact Judy Young,, or telephone (027 568 2930 quoting vacancy 500/1000.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday, 25 October 2017.

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