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Principal or Senior Scientist - Fish Stock Assessments or Aquatic Environment

Are you a Principal Scientist or Senior Scientist with a focus on fisheries stock assessments, or the environmental effects of fishing, or some combination of the two?


The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking experienced fisheries or environmental scientists to join the science team within its fisheries management directorate. MPI's vision is to grow and protect New Zealand by: maximising export opportunities for the primary industries; improving sector productivity; increasing sustainable resource use; and protecting New Zealand from biological risk. Fisheries is an important component of the primary sector and fisheries management functions, including fisheries science, are located within a single directorate of MPI. Science is an important part of fisheries management and the science team contributes by providing scientific advice on the status of fish stocks and on assessing and mitigating environmental effects of fishing.


Although the two roles primarily focus on either stock assessments or the aquatic environment, we are also interested in applications from experienced scientists in other related fields. Roles that include a combination of stock assessment and aquatic environment skills are common within the group and are encouraged!


The stock assessment role would have you co-ordinating the research and stock assessment science working group processes for selected species groups. To be successful you must have specialist knowledge and experience in fisheries biology or fish stock assessments (involving finfish, shellfish, or freshwater fisheries). The aquatic environment position focuses on the effects of fishing on the aquatic environment or marine biodiversity. You ideally have specialist knowledge and experience in some aspect of protected species biology (especially seabirds or pinnipeds), benthic habitats or interactions between fisheries and other parts of the environment.


Other key responsibilities also include:



  • Involvement in developing appropriate fisheries research programmes;

  • Writing and evaluating fisheries tenders for projects;

  • Providing expert peer review of reports;

  • Managing research projects through to completion; and

  • Representing New Zealand in domestic and international science meetings of relevance.

Appropriate tertiary qualifications (preferably PhD) and experience are required, together with excellent analytical, written and communication skills.


Applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand. Further information on eligibility for working in New Zealand and obtaining appropriate visas can be found at http://www.immigration.govt.nz/.


The level at which the appointments are made, the salary and other terms and conditions of employment will be subject to negotiations and will reflect your experience. If either of these roles sound like you, please apply online at https://careers.mpi.govt.nz/jobtools/jncustomsearch.viewFullSingle?in_organid=18152&in_jnCounter=222471661.

Please include an up-to-date CV and a cover letter summarising what you would bring to this position.


For further information, don’t hit reply, instead please email careers@mpi.govt.nz quoting reference 14-002.


Applications close 19 February 2014.