Careers in conservation & the environment

Science Advisor, Marine – Department of Conservation – Auckland

  • Permanent
  • Auckland
  • 25/10/2021

Website Department of Conservation

  • Would you thrive on the opportunity to lead scientific research to conserve New Zealand’s marine environments?
  • Would you like the opportunity to influence marine spatial planning?
  • Do you have a passion for working with others to achieve greater conservation outcomes?

He angitūtanga: About the Role

We are seeking an experienced Science Advisor, Marine to join our high performing and motivated Marine Ecosystems Team. This is an excellent opportunity for applied marine scientists to work on some of the most complex and challenging conservation issues currently facing New Zealand/ Aotearoa. The role will include identifying, mapping and protecting marine ecosystems to help achieve the goals and objectives of Te Mano o Te Taiao – the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity strategy.

As Science Advisor Marine, you will have the opportunity to input and support the delivery of the Department’s work internally and with central and local government colleagues on marine protected area research, monitoring, policy and strategy. You will also input on the wider marine conservation strategy, advocacy and delivery, covering both domestic and international oceans issues and resource management.

The role will be fast paced, often reactive and will require partnering with iwi, hapu, whānau as well as with other government agencies and stakeholders to achieve greater conservation outcomes.

This position is based in Wellington or Auckland, however we are open to alternative locations.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

To be successful in this position, you will have a passion for marine spatial planning and experience in applied marine ecosystem science. We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Masters or PhD qualification in natural sciences.
  • Experience managing multiple research programmes, research investigations and science contracts, including planning, organising, budgeting and meeting timelines.
  • Strong understanding of the application of statistical methods and modelling in the design of monitoring and research programmes and the analysis of results.
  • GIS skills or skills associated with spatial support tools such as SeaSketch and Zonation.
  • Knowledge of international marine conservation best practice.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) including confidence presenting to a variety of audiences.
  • A passion for collaborating and working with other stakeholders to achieve greater conservation outcomes.
  • Previous experience working in partnership with iwi, understanding of tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori would be an advantage.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What’s in it for you?

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above.

For any enquiry, please contact Kirstie Knowles on 027 566 3618 or at quoting vacancy 500/10404.

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 25th October 2021.

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


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