Manager, Deep South National Science Challenge – NIWA – Wellington

  • Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • 24/02/2019

Website National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd

National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd

Looking for an exciting opportunity to apply your scientific background and management abilities to a critical environmental science challenge facing the nation?

  • Based at NIWA on Wellington’s waterfront
  • 0.8 FTE, 5 year fixed-term

NIWA hosts the Deep South National Science Challenge: Changing with our Climate, a multi-disciplinary, collaborative initiative which aims to enable New Zealanders to anticipate, adapt, manage risk and thrive in a changing climate.  The Challenge weaves together new research and engagement approaches, including physical science, climate modelling, social science and Mātauranga Maori to achieve meaningful outcomes for New Zealand’s key climate-affected sectors and communities.  After a successful first phase, the Challenge is currently entering into its second phase (2019 – 2024) and the Manager will play a key role ensuring a smooth transition.

The role of Challenge Manager has an operations management focus, helping to drive the success of this important and ambitious undertaking by providing an interface for the different groups contributing to the Deep South Challenge. Your ability to communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders and draw agencies and disciplines together to achieve desired outcomes will be critical. You will provide essential coordination, administration, communication and documentation support for the Challenge Director, the Science Leadership Team, and the Governance Group.

Ideally, you will have a post-graduate research degree or equivalent experience in a relevant area of environmental science, and a strong track record and credentials in science project management. Previous success in working with key stakeholders in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative context to deliver complex programmes will be an advantage. Your positive, constructive and collaborative approach will have resulted in strong professional networks and relationships which you can draw upon. Your willingness to roll up your sleeves and take on whatever is required to get the job done alongside others will stand you in good stead. A high energy level combined with excellent planning, organising and execution is required.

Based at NIWA’s Wellington office, you will be working alongside key players in the climate change and adaptation arena in New Zealand, including internationally renowned climate scientists. NIWA itself is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders. NIWA is New Zealand’s largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science.

For further information view the Position Description.

Applications close: Sunday, 24 February 2019 at 11:55 pm.





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