Vertebrate Pest Ecologist – Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research – Lincoln, Canterbury


  • Full Time
  • Lincoln
  • 18/05/2018

Website Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is New Zealand’s leading provider of solutions and advice for the management of invasive vertebrates in New Zealand.

We are looking for a field ecologist to join our Wildlife Ecology & Management team to assist with and lead a range of projects related to the improved management of introduced and indigenous vertebrate species, both in New Zealand and, if required, internationally. The work will entail a broad range of projects including: the development and incremental improvement of pest control tools and population monitoring methods; research into population dynamics, intra- and interspecific interactions, adaptive management trials and understanding of individual behaviours. There will be a focus on New Zealand’s small invasive mammals including the management of wildlife vectors of bovine TB and research to underpin New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 ambition. The candidate will be expected to undertake pen and field trials that help to reduce the adverse effects of invasive vertebrates on indigenous and productive systems.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Undertake research and data analyses related to improved management of invasive species
  • Publish this research, as well as giving effective presentations to a wide range of audiences
  • Develop research proposals and seek funding from a range of funding providers

The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD and research background in ecology or pest control technology, preferably with experience in vertebrate pest management.
  • Good understanding of New Zealand’s ecosystems and/or management of vertebrate pests and ideally field experience in working in these systems
  • Demonstrated experience in the analysis of data (strong statistical skills would be an advantage)
  • A good track record of refereed journal publications and presentations of research to local and international audiences
  • Skill in building and maintaining professional relationships with a wide variety of people and in managing field-based research projects

This full time (37.5hrs per week), permanent (open term) position is based at our Lincoln site (just outside Christchurch).

Direct any inquiries you may have about the position to Bruce Warburton on email warburtonb@landcareresearch.co.nz  or call +64 3 321 9826. 

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit. For further information including a position description and application form please go to https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/w0Cw8/27626-Vertebrate-Pest-Ecologist,27626.html

Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required qualifications and skills as per the position description.

The closing date for submission of applications is Friday 18 May 2018 at 5.00pm.

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research