Climate Change Research and Strategy (Summer Student)

  • Company:
    Environment Canterbury
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    2 days ago
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Are you passionate about climate change and would like to work to support the delivery of the Canterbury Regional Climate Change Risk Assessment?

This year the Strategic Programmes team are kicking of significant work with the Canterbury Mayoral Forum to develop a Canterbury Climate Change Risk Assessment. This Assessment will build on the work of the Canterbury Climate Change Screening Assessment and will use a cascading risk approach to the risk assessment. The goal of the Assessment is to build our understanding of the existing and future climate change risks and opportunities for Canterbury.

Notably the Screening Assessment aligned with the Whare Tapa Wha model (originally developed from the health sector), which identifies the four pillars of life (hinengaro (psychological), wairua (spiritual), tinana (physical), and whanau (family)). To this existing model, the concepts of Rangatiratanga (governance), Kaitiakitanga (guardianship), Whakapapa (genealogy), Taiao (environment) and the economy were added. We will continue to develop this work with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to assess climate change risk within Te Āo Māori and Mātauranga Māori.

This summer we have two roles on offer for summer students to contribute to this work:

  • Climate change risk research Research, collation and dataset management to support the development of the Canterbury Regional Climate Change Risk Assessment, which aims to build a shared understanding of: the key climate change risks (threats and opportunities) to Canterbury, existing adaptation planning, as well as the current and potential changes supporting the transitioning to a low emissions future. You will particularly have climate change-specific subject matter knowledge or experience, and research-specific experience, spatial analysis experience would be particularly desirable.
  • Climate change matauranga Māori Research, collation and dataset management of matauranga Māori to support the development of the Canterbury Regional Climate Change Risk Assessment, which aims to build a shared understanding of: the key climate change risks (threats and opportunities) to Canterbury, existing adaptation planning, as well as the current and potential changes supporting the transitioning to a low emissions future. You will particularly have matauranga Māori and Ngāi Tahutanga expertise, ideally relating to disaster risk management and/or climate change research, engagement experience with papatipu rūnanga would be particularly desirable.
  • If you have an interest and expertise in climate change science and research, and/or Matauranga Māori and Ngāi Tahutanga, can write well and handle large datasets then we want to hear from you. You will be part of a team of strategy advisors who support the delivery of Environment Canterbury’s portfolios and programmes across climate change, community resilience, regional transport, urban development, and air quality. You will be highly motivated, have excellent computer skills and an understanding of spatial analysis.

    Prospective start date for this position would be on, or around, 16 November 2020.

    Wage will be dependent on expertise and experience: $21 -$23 per hour.