Science Advisor, Conservation Services Programme, Aquatic Unit, Biodiversity Group, Wellington/Nelson

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  • Category: Science/Environment
  • Location: Nelson
  • Date Advertised: 03-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: DOC/500/10507E
  • Job Title: Science Advisor, Conservation Services Programme, Aquatic Unit, Biodiversity Group, Wellington/Nelson
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An exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic individual to join a fun, friendly, dedicated team working on delivering the Department of Conservation’s marine conservation goals, in particular seeking options to address the risk from fisheries bycatch.


There are a number of exciting and challenging programmes underway across New Zealand which seek to protect and recover threatened marine species. The Marine Species Team (MST) plays a central role within much of this work, either advising on, supporting or implementing conservation projects. Priority is given to the protected marine species (as defined under the Wildlife Act 1953 and Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978).


Current conservation projects encompass some of the world’s rarest animals, such as the Maui dolphin, as well as a range of endangered seabirds, fish and corals. Many of these projects attract significant public and media attention.


In this role, you will be expected to work cross a diverse range of marine conservation issues through the year, but your prime focus will be the monitoring and mitigating of fisheries impacts on marine species through the Conservation Services Programme (CSP):


Ideally you will have a mixture of the following skills, experience and attributes:

  • A tertiary qualification in the fields of quantitative ecology, marine conservation or fisheries management and / or 3 years equivalent practical experience.
  • Demonstrable record of robust scientific project and contract management.
  • Prior experience of critical reviewing and improving upon science-based projects.
  • Prior collaboration with commercial fishing representatives on marine science programmes, either within NZ or overseas.
  • Experience in working and communicating effectively with diverse groups.
  • A positive track record of working on sensitive issues and tight deadlines.


You will join a small team working on some challenging, high-profile issues. There will be opportunities for personal and professional development. Some travel around New Zealand, and very occasionally, for travel overseas, is expected.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.

For any queries, please contact Ian Angus, Manager Marine Species,, telephone 027 704 8369, quoting vacancy 500/10507.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 24 February 2020.

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