Marine Ecologist

As New Zealand's largest independent science organisation, our world-class science supports the growth of primary industries and the protection of the marine and freshwater environments. Based in Nelson, New Zealand, we focus on growing and ensuring the safety of our seafood sector, developing bioactive resources and improving the health of our freshwater ecosystems and oceans.

Since our establishment 100 years ago we have firmly focused on research that contributes to the economic growth of New Zealand and the preservation of our special environment. Our scientists have been able to identify emerging areas of research that support the growth of a sustainable and prosperous New Zealand.

Job description

Cawthron Institute's ecology services are in high demand, and as a result we are looking for three Marine Ecologists to join our Healthy Oceans group. We are seeking mid to senior level scientists for each of the following teams; Contaminants and Water Quality, Restoration Ecology and Environment and Aquaculture Interactions. This is an exciting opportunity for experienced scientists to join an active and collaborative group to develop and lead research and consultancy projects related to issues relevant to tangata whenua, industry, community groups, councils and central government.

The positions will involve fieldwork, liaising directly with clients and funding agencies, and delivering technical reports and research outputs. The scientists will ideally have a PhD in a subject field relevant to marine ecology and at least five years' professional experience. A background in seabed ecology, water quality, risk assessment, climate change or restoration would be advantageous. The scientists will have strong communication skills and enjoy working with others. Scientific diving experience is favourable.

The successful applicants will join an experienced team of people dedicated to delivering independent world-class science to protect and restore New Zealand's marine environment. The positions are based in Nelson. Cawthron is a diverse organisation, employing around 300 scientists, laboratory technicians, researchers and specialist staff from 35 countries. We pride ourselves on providing a supportive and family-like environment for staff to thrive and reach their potential. While creativity, collaboration and impact are encouraged, there is a strong focus on ensuring scientists have a healthy work-life balance and contribute to the Nelson community.

These are full-time permanent positions. The scientists will be required to undertake short-term field work around New Zealand.

Desired skills and experience

At Cawthron, we make sure our employees are looked after. We offer life and income protection insurance benefits along with a positive and supportive environment where you will be a valued team member. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved in workplace events; ranging from science seminars to cultural, social and wellness events. Onsite collaboration is valued but agreed working from home hours are possible. Note: We may conduct pre-employment checks, including but not limited to, verification of qualifications, eligibility to work in New Zealand, and background police checks.

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If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply by Sunday, 25 September 2022 with your CV and a cover letter.

posted: 22 August 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.