Scientist - Land Use

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Scientist - Land Use - Dunedin Based

Full Time - Dunedin

  • Do you like to learn in a collaborative and problem-solving environment?
  • Do you have a passion, interest, and experience in applied science?
  • Are you looking for a role that has a real influence on the environment? 

About the organisation

At the Otago Regional Council (ORC), their mission is ‘for our future’. ORC is here to protect and enhance the environment and enable their communities to do the same. To be sure ORC can deliver on its responsibilities, they are evolving as an organisation, and they’re not overstating when they say they have some really big targets to reach. ORC need the right people, in the right roles, to help them get there. 

Otago is a pretty special environment and ORC are committed to working with their communities to ensure it stays that way now, and for the future. With a number of challenges on the horizon - freshwater, climate change, biodiversity and urban development – the Science Team at ORC play a critical role in providing scientific expertise to inform decisions particularly with regard to natural resource management. 

About the opportunity

The Scientist – Land Use role provides scientific expertise to inform decisions for Otago’s future, by providing professional scientific research services to the Council for monitoring, resource investigation, evaluation, planning, resource consents, and other regulatory activities. In this role, you will not only work within your specific discipline but also across functions, supporting Senior Scientists in solving problems and coming up with effective solutions collectively. 

Reporting to the Team Leader – Land, the Scientist – Land Use takes overall accountability for: 

  • The development of research initiatives and plans.
  • Providing robust and effective monitoring, data management, analyses, issue identification, research, interpretation and reporting.
  • Maintaining and developing networks and staying informed on regional and national environmental research issues.
  • Assisting with initiatives and contributing to projects across Council.
  • Creating a team culture of high-performance, collaboration and are a role model of ORC’s values. 

This role needs a driven, science-minded individual, with relevant technical experience, who is willing to learn and also understands the importance of working collaboratively. Is this you? 

About you 

To be successful in this role, you will ideally: 

  • Have a post graduate qualification in agricultural science, agricultural economics, environmental science or similar discipline.
  • Have relevant experience working in agricultural research, soil science, sediment research, nutrient modelling, economic modelling and land use research.
  • Possess knowledge of irrigation systems, soil types and fertiliser practices on water body nutrient loads.
  • Have relevant experience working with GIS maps.
  • Possess an understanding of land use effects on water body health and biodiversity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of farm, nutrient and economic models and their limitations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of resource management issues and practices.
  • Have experience and networks in the relevant research area. 

If you adopt a collaborative approach to research, are willing to learn and actively make decisions in an ethical and trustworthy way, then this could be the role for you.  

Not your research area? Otago Regional Council are advertising for Scientists and Senior Scientists in other disciplines. Should you be interested and wish to enquire further, please visit the Decipher Group website or contact the consultant below. 

How to apply

To discover more about Otago Regional Council, visit https://www.orc.govt.nz/ 

For a confidential discussion about the role; contact Katy Boyle on 027 278 2860 or by email to katy@deciphergroup.co.nz 

Applications close: 21 August 2020


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