Six New PhD Scholarships in Marine Ecosystem Science

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We are looking for six highly motivated individuals to undertake research at the University of Waikato leading to a PhD. The PhDs are supported through Phase II of the New Zealand Government funded National Science Challenge – Sustainable Seas (www.sustainableseaschallenge). This is a large multi-institutional and trans-disciplinary programme involving researchers from throughout the country that will underpin the transformation of New Zealand marine management to a holistic, ecosystem based management (EBM) approach. Scholarship details and the application process are detailed in the downloadable file below:


Aquaculture Analyst & Senior Aquaculture Analyst - MPI


Job Description

Now is an exciting time to join Fisheries New Zealand's Aquaculture Directorate.  Aotearoa's aquaculture industry contributes to sustainable economic development and the wellbeing of our people. The industry has potential to grow quickly, and we are focussed on ensuring this growth is environmentally sustainable, meets the aspirations of our Treaty partners, and minimises its waste and emissions.  

Our Aquaculture Directorate has recently expanded to recognise the breadth of work required to grow sustainable aquaculture and its benefits to Māori, communities and our regional economies. 

The Aquaculture Directorate consists of two newly formed teams. These teams work closely together to deliver our work programme: 

  • The Aquaculture Strategy and Development team is responsible for implementing the Government's Aquaculture Strategy to build a Sustainable, Productive, Resilient and Inclusive industry; and delivering stewardship of sustainable aquaculture development. 
  • The Aquaculture Settlement and Operational Policy team is responsible for partnering with iwi to maximise the benefits from the Crown's aquaculture settlement; and crafting and inputting into legislation (including resource management system reform), regulations and regional coastal plans to efficiently manage and improve the sector. 

We are looking for up to four Aquaculture Analysts/Senior Aquaculture Analysts to join our directorate, with vacancies across both teams. If you're unsure which team would be the best fit for you, please apply anyway and we can work together to determine how you can contribute to our important mahi. 

These teams are primarily based in Nelson or Wellington, but we will consider applicants based in key aquaculture growing regions where MPI has a regional office. Likewise, both full and part time applications will be considered.  Please state in your application your preferences on these matters. 

About the roles - Kōrero mō te tūranga 

Both teams' work involves critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, effective communication, and relationship building.  Those interested in the Strategy and Development team will in particular be able to think strategically and work well with people to advance their ideas. Those interested in the Settlement and Operational Policy team will have experience working with our Treaty Partners, and/or experience with regulatory frameworks and will excel at analytical thinking. 

To find out more about our strategy and work, visit https://www.fisheries.govt.nz/growing-and-harvesting/aquaculture/strategy/ 

This is a national position and can be based out of several locations across the country including: Bay of Plenty, Nelson, Northland, Southland and Wellington.

Skills and Experience - Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako

We will consider candidates with a range of backgrounds and qualifications, including but not limited to: resource management, planning, science, law, business administration and economics. Applicants should also have: 

  • Proven ability to build relationships, find common ground and reach agreements, and engage effectively with a range of people, including our Treaty partners
  • Strong analytical skills and the capacity to quickly identify and clearly define an issue and how to respond appropriately
  • Proven ability to work on multiple projects or pieces of work at the same time and respond to changing circumstances.

About MPI - Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua

Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. If you want a career where you help to grow and protect New Zealand in a very real way, then this is it. Our team is collegial, supportive and hard working. MPI has a strong focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.

We offer flexible hours and working arrangements based on your needs and commitments.

See the benefits of working at MPI

How to Apply - Me pēhea te tuku tono

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

Please reference in your cover letter if you are interested in a full time or part time position.

For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact Haidee.Wynands@mpi.govt.nz

Applications close Wednesday 7 July

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.


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Senior Environmental Scientist - Freshwater - Gisborne District Council


Job Description:

Are you passionate about our region and committed to the sustainable management of Tairāwhiti? If you’re a land / water / coastal expert, with sound knowledge of the Resource Management Act 1991, we may have just the role for you...

Gisborne District Council are the proud winners of the 2019 LGNZ Excellence Awards, for our work to grow and promote the well-being of our community and people. With more and more people choosing Tairāwhiti for its lifestyle, environment and culture, it’s an exciting time to be joining our thriving and diverse region.

We’re seeking a qualified and experienced person who can provide technical input into land, water and coastal management whilst providing guidance and mentoring to the team.  

This role comprises analysis, research, reporting, advising, planning, project managing, as well as developing process and policy. You’ll be across the region’s water quantity and allocations, water quality and aquatic ecosystem health, land management, forestry, coastal management and natural hazards - it’s fair to say no two days are the same!

Up for the challenge?  Great! – you’ll need to have:

  • a relevant degree such as: environmental sciences, hydrology, geography or natural resources;
  • 5 years post graduate land, water or coastal management experience or equivalent;
  • a current full driver’s licence;
  • knowledge of the RMA 1991;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills:
  • experience in dealing with the public;
  • demonstrating knowledge of project management;
  • the ability to clearly communicate and report, statistical information, presentations to the community and stakeholders

Apply Online www.gdc.govt.nz

Applications close: 10am Wednesday 5 August 2020.


For further information and job description please contact Paul Murphy.



3 x Marine Reserve Ranger Roles

The Department of Conservation (DOC) are excited to announce 2x Senior Ranger, Marine Reserve roles for North Head in Auckland.  A third junior position is also available, based in Warkworth, which will support the (above) more senior marine reserve positions. These are all full-time roles working on DOC’s wonderful marine reserves around the country – 50% monitoring and 50% compliance. DOC’s marine reserves provide the highest form of marine protection in Aotearoa. They offer spectacular opportunities for marine life to thrive in the absence of exploitation and development. DOC need your help to protect and monitor the abundant biodiversity of our precious marine reserves.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As Ranger, Marine Reserves you will be responsible for the implementation of the Marine Reserves Compliance Plan and the Marine Reserve Monitoring Plan in the Mainland district. You will have defined leadership responsibilities, including the ability to plan and authorise technical work programmes in our marine reserves. Successful implementation of your work programme will depend upon your ability to establish and sustain strong relationships with external and internal stakeholders. You will work in true partnership with local iwi/hapū/whānau to ensure our treaty partners are engaged with and informed about marine reserve health. You will be an advocate for marine reserves.


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!

The chance to join a large organisation that's still growing. DOC has been undergoing a steady period of growth, 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.

Excellent training opportunities. If successful, part of your welcoming into the organisation will include invitation to attend our exciting nationwide induction and ongoing training programs to learn more about the department and make valuable connections with new colleagues throughout the country.

As DOC has a strong focus on Health and Safety, this role will also be responsible for leading a safety-first culture across all work sites.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory.


Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre  with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. For any enquiries, please contact Dave Chandler at dchandler@doc.govt.nz or 027 615 7079, quoting reference 400/9756.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 7 September 2020

PhD Opportunities in Open Ocean Aquaculture


The New Zealand government has an ambition of reaching $1 billion of sales from aquaculture by 2025, meaning that the $500 million revenue earned in 2018 must be doubled over a relatively short space of time in a country that has limited inshore licenses for aquaculture. To facilitate the government’s goal for major expansion, finfish aquaculture in New Zealand must extend into the open-ocean where production is both limitless and sustainable long term. Growing fish offshore in high energy sites has been attempted in other countries such as Norway but off-shore structures are usually always heavily engineered and fixed to set locations that grow fish under sub-optimal conditions for extended periods of the year. New innovative developments in New Zealand are proposing to maintain fish in novel enclosures that have the capacity to move and maintain fish under optimal conditions year round. A key part of the development is the design of the enclosures, which provides optimal growing conditions for the fish, within engineering constraints.

This requires both CFD and laboratory modelling to tailor net speed and net ventilation of oxygen and wastes to the needs of a range of fish species, in order to  maximise their growth and health.

We are looking for two PhDs student to work on the following projects, which are part of a large multidisciplinary well-resourced program, which spans fluid mechanics, fish physiology, marine engineering and design:

Optimal design of semi-rigid fish farming structures

Candidates should have a Masters degree or equivalent in maths, physics or engineering, with excellent grades, plus some research experience in fluid mechanics. The two projects have a common aim to use fluid modelling to understand flows, ventilation and loads on semi-rigid towed net structures.  The modelling will investigate a number of types of overall net design, with a range of proportions. It also includes modelling the effects of flow control through modelling the size and shape of the net where fluid exits the net. One project will focus on CFD modelling of the nets, the other complimentary project will focus on laboratory and field test modelling of the net designs.  Applicants should have backgrounds and experience in CFD (eg. Fluent) and/or fluids laboratory modelling.

The information derived from this PhD is ultimately intended to inform the design process of the mobile fish enclosure systems and thus requires a high level of self-motivation, pragmatism, good communication skills and a willingness to work within a dedicated team environment.

Two three year scholarships are available. These includes an annual stipend and annual tuition fees. Students will register at the University of Otago and split their time between Dunedin and Nelson (Plant and Food Research and Cawthron Institute), with the CFD project being mainly based in Dunedin, the  other mainly in Nelson. 

For more information feel free to contact Assoc. Prof. Sarah Wakes (sarah.wakes@otago.ac.nz).

To apply please send a cover letter, CV and academic transcript to Sarah Wakes. Please include the names and contact details of 2 academic referees. Interviews for the PhD positions will probably take place in October/November 2020 for an expected start no later than March 2021. Ideally both students would start with 3 months of each other.