Senior Analyst – Strategy and Stewardship (science)

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    23 hours ago
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  • Category: Advisor/Analyst
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 11-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: MFE/1455832
  • Job Title: Senior Analyst – Strategy and Stewardship (science)
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Ministry for the Environment

Here at the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) we value our people and we love to do things differently. Our people are from diverse backgrounds and work in flexible ways. We are all committed to our responsibility as primary advisors to the Government on the environment.

We tackle the most critical issues that impact on our environment, supporting New Zealand to become the most liveable place in the world.

The position

We are looking for a scientist to join our Strategy and Stewardship Division as a Senior Analyst.

The Strategy and Stewardship division aims to strengthen the evidence base used to inform decisions – helping New Zealanders to put the environment at the center of those decisions. We want to strengthen our evidence base so it reflects what matters to New Zealanders, to help inform the decisions we all have to take. We gather knowledge, we build insights from it and we translate it so others can make use of it.    

This is an exciting time to join us: we are working with others to enhance New Zealand’s environmental monitoring and reporting system. Our work is outward facing and looks wider than the Ministry – considering the shifts needed across the environmental science and data system, including what we monitor and report on in New Zealand and how we partner with others to make progress.

Our division is proud to connect New Zealanders to the key environmental issues through state of environment reporting (with Stats NZ). You will also be involved in the delivery of environmental reports and will play a key role in shaping our upcoming land report on the state of our landscapes, our terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems and soil.

You will need to be a science-system thinker, have experience communicating science and translating this to diverse audiences. You will also have strong scientific technical expertise and experience in at least two of the following: 

  • Land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Soil science.

We have a full-time permanent position for an innovative, positive and adaptable person to work on projects across our division. We are also open to fixed term arrangements, or secondments for the right candidate.

Do you have what it takes?

We are looking for people who can bring some of the following to our diverse talent pool:

  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • excellent communication skills and the ability to cultivate relationships and partnerships that bring different perspectives to our work
  • innovative thinking – an ability to bring fresh thinking and receptive to other ideas and ways of working
  • a focus on action – an ability and comfort to cut through complexity or ambiguity to meet goals, changing priorities and new emerging issues
  • significant drive to continually grow and develop both yourself and those around you.

 We are looking for candidates with relevant academic qualifications. Please also highlight if you have particular knowledge or experience related to working at the science policy interface, current knowledge of the environmental monitoring and/or reporting system, and/or Te Ao Māori (Māori worldview).

 Your experience

Here at MfE, Senior Analysts typically bring a minimum of five years of relevant work experience.  You will need the ability to lead projects and to mentor and coach junior staff. You will be a strategic thinker, with experience in working in an inter-disciplinary team. Additionally, experience building relationships with iwi/Māori or understanding of Te Ao Māori (Māori worldview) would be beneficial, but this is not mandatory and should not stop you from applying.


As well as being part of an innovative organisation with an important purpose of making Aotearoa, New Zealand, the most liveable place in the world, we offer you: 

  • A flexible by default approach to support your work-life balance
  • Agile working, allowing you variety and challenges across the organisation as we work as ‘One MfE’
  • Generous leave entitlements
  • Te Reo Maori language courses (and te Reo Maori competency allowance)
  • An active social club and employee networks
  • Opportunities for development and education

 How to Apply  

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter. Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role.   

If you require further information about the roles please contact Nicola Sole by email at

Salary range for this role is $92,412, to $119,592 per annum.  Appointment within these ranges will be based on skills and experience.  

Applications close: 1 April 2020  


We embrace diversity and inclusion and are committed to equal opportunities. What’s important to us is ‘he rau kotahi tangata’ – embracing our multiple talents – by harnessing our diversity and being inclusive. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds