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:


Senior Advisor, Tsunami Readiness - Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Emergency Management Bay of Plenty is seeking a motivated individual with project and emergency management experience in hazard and risk management for a two year fixed term role as a Senior Advisor, Tsunami Readiness to join our team based in central Tauranga. 

You will lead the development and management of the Tsunami Readiness work programme for the Bay of Plenty that will enable the CDEM Group to effectively and efficiently discharge its obligations as outlined in the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Plan.

The role of Senior Advisor Tsunami Readiness is challenging and varied with responsibilities that include:
  • Developing, scoping, managing and delivering a high quality project.
  • Establishing and maintaining close working relationships in a short period of time with internal and external contacts which consists of; collaborating with and coordinating experts from a wide range of sectors, and building, leading and coordinating high functioning networks, across a wide range of stakeholders to deliver on key project milestones and outcomes. This includes stakeholders from local authorities, emergency services, central government agencies, non-government organisations, Māori, communities, the private sector, scientific community, researchers, consultants, and contractors.

The skills and personal attributes they are looking for are:

  • Minimum of 5-6 years’ relevant technical experience in emergency management or related field such as project management, hazard and risk.
  • Demonstrated experience in relevant project and/or programme management.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking, project planning, delivery and monitoring, hazard/risk planning, and report writing experience.
  • High level of computer literacy (including word processing, presentations, spreadsheet and project management applications).
  • High level of oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience working positively and collaboratively within a team and building external working relationships.
  • Knowledge of the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002, National Disaster Resilience Strategy and the National CDEM Plan Order 2015 is desirable.

How to Apply

Click APPLY NOW or contact Janelle Coradine, Manager Planning, Emergency Management Bay of Plenty on 0800 884 881 extension 8444 for a confidential discussion.

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Applications close 11pm, Wednesday 13 October 2021 and will only be accepted online.


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Senior Resource Scientist/Engineer - Rivers and Coast


We're looking for a Senior Resource Scientist/Engineer to support us with strengthening our Environmental Information team to achieve the aim of delivering robust hazard and sustainable management of our coastal and riverine resources while achieving fit for purpose planning and environmental works programs.

This role will be based in Richmond and will be primarily involved in the provision of scientific/engineering expertise and advice to meet the Council's objectives through environmental monitoring of the effectiveness of resource plans and management proposals. You will lead the development of hazard layers and constructively input into the development of regional planning tools. You will be leading a small team of Resource Scientists who are primarily focused on natural hazards for example flooding, sea-level impacts and other coastal issues.

Applications close on 13 October 2021

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Senior Scientist – Coastal Processes

The Research and Evaluation Unit at Auckland Council have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Scientist specialising in Coastal Processes who can work collaboratively across council to build our coastal science evidence base. Our shorelines will be at the front line for many of the effects from climate change and we need to expand our portfolio of evidence to support council decisions on how we best adapt. To support this, you will lead the development of our coastal monitoring and research programme to focus on the long term effects of coastal erosion, coastal inundation and climate change induced sea-level rise. 

We are looking for someone who is passionate about the environment and has a proven track record as a scientist specialising in coastal processes or has a relevant applied environmental science or engineering background.  You will enjoy working with a wide range of collaborators and your excellent communication and relationship building skills will support you to work with existing datasets, co-develop new research programmes and leverage off existing bodies of work to ensure the needs of council decisions makers are met.  An ability to communicate complex environmental data to a wide range of audiences is central to this role.   Excellent leadership and mentoring skills are also a necessity in this role, and effective project management experience is desirable. An understanding of New Zealand’s regulatory framework and local government processes is desirable as is experience with policy effectiveness monitoring and evaluation.

The full job advert can be found on Seek here



Technical Advisor Marine (Aquaculture) – 6 months


The Department of Conservation’s Aquatic Unit has a 6-month fixed term or secondment opportunity for a Technical Advisor Marine Kaimātanga Takutaimoana to join our team of technical and scientific experts. The overarching focus of this role is to influence and advise on the development of open ocean aquaculture. In the role, you will:

  • Provide scientific and specialist advice
  • Review and influence policy development
  • Influence, build and sustain collaborative relationships

 The position is a fixed term or secondment opportunity, ideally based in Dunedin or Invercargill, however we are open to alternative locations. 

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