We are looking for an experienced senior economist, with a strong interest in natural resources, the environment, and public policy.The purpose of this role is to conduct research using economics to inform and enhance public policies that foster environmentally sustainable resource use and economic growth in New Zealand. The role will actively link economic, social, and biophysical research and foster interdisciplinary research to support our growth and effective engagement with the primary, natural resources, and Māori sectors.Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research is one of seven Crown Research Institutes in New Zealand and is an important hub for economic research in New Zealand. The Empirical Economics group in the Landscape Policy and Governance team complements Manaaki Whenua’s biophysical science by focusing on the economic and sociocultural processes and information needed to improve policymaking and performance.The successful candidate will join a group of 10 researchers in environmental/agricultural economics and related fields, will contribute to existing research projects, and will develop new research areas in partnership with end users and stakeholders.This position is full-time and open term (permanent) and will be based at our Auckland site (strongly preferred – although our Wellington site may be potentially negotiable). You would be a part of the Empirical Economics cluster within the Landscape and Policy Governance team.You will possess a PhD in a relevant discipline, with at least 7 years post-PhD experience and have a track record of applied research focusing on market and/or non-market valuation. Experience conducting policy-relevant research in the public and/or private sector is strongly desirable. You will have excellent communication skills, for both non-expert and specialised audiences (including publishing research results in international peer-reviewed journals). Strong technical skills applicable to analysing economic and biophysical data are required. Ideally you will be a flexible, pragmatic, self-starter, with the ability to travel throughout New Zealand.Why Manaaki WhenuaOur land, our future – this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research exists. At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving New Zealand’s rich biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and protecting the health of the land, fresh water and soil resources we need for a prosperous future. We recognise the importance of partnerships, the special role of Māori, and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge, understanding, and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious environment. We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally.Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique contribution. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.What we offerAs an employee of Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment; enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.