About the RoleWe are seeking an experienced marine science advisor to join our highly 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. The role will include identifying, planning and prioritising science and research needs and inputting into strategic planning across the Department to help achieve the goals and objectives of Te Mana o Te Taiao – the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy.As Principal 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 have the opportunity to input on wider marine conservation strategy, advocacy and delivery, covering both domestic and international oceans issues and resource management. Additionally, you will mentor and coach other science and technical advisors with planning and prioritising work programmes.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. He kōrero mōu: What we are looking forTo be successful in this position, you will be a strategic thinker as well as credibility and experience in applied marine ecosystem science in New Zealand. We want to hear from you if you have: Masters or PhD qualification in natural sciences.Significant experience managing multiple research programmes, research investigations and science contracts.Strong understanding of the application of statistical methods and of modelling in the design of research programmes and analysis of results.Knowledge of international marine conservation best practice.Strong influencing, negotiating, communication and collaboration skills.Confidence presenting to a variety of audiences and an aptitude for mentoring and training others.A passion for collaborating and working with other stakeholders to achieve greater conservation outcomes.Project management experience, including planning, organising, budgeting and meeting timelines.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.