Socio-economic Policy Specialist - Environment and Energy - GNS Science
Science New Zealand
Auckland, Taupo, Dunedin, Hutt Valley, Wellington, New Zealand
3d ago

We are looking for a talented and motivated policy specialist to lead and undertake people-centred research and consultancy work to support the 'Environment & Climate' and 'Energy Futures' Themes.

Based within the Society and Infrastructure Department, you will work with leading scientists involved with a variety of research and applied projects across GNS Science's portfolio.

Environment & Climate' includes groundwater science, modelling and environmental monitoring, carbon cycle dynamics and sea level rise / climate science.

Energy Futures' includes geothermal energy, renewable energy, materials research for improved energy efficiency, storage and innovation.

There may be opportunities to engage with the 'Natural Hazards & Risks' and 'Land & Marine Geoscience' Themes depending on organisational needs and skill set of the successful applicant.

Collectively GNS works with central and local government, Māori communities and entities, other Crown Research Institutes, universities, research centres and industry.

You may be based in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin or Taupo, to help us with evolving opportunities for fundamental and applied research.

This is an opportunity to join a well-established and well-respected team and influence our research direction and outcomes.

We are looking for exceptional applicants who wish to make a difference, add knowledge, and lead and innovate.

Outstanding applicants who have the following skills and experience are encouraged to apply :

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline e.g. policy and planning, environmental science / management, economics, māori development, geography, social science, science communication, sustainable development, environmental engineering or similar, with 5-10 years' work experience.
  • Practical experience and understanding in one or more of the following : environmental management including an understanding of related socio-economic factors (economics, ecosystem services, freshwater management)renewable energy social, economic and / or policy frameworks;
  • climate change adaptation and / or mitigation.

  • Experience with the roles and functions of government (public), and / or industry and private sectors, and / or NGOs and community organisations and existing relationships with stakeholders and end-users;
  • An understanding of tikanga māori, Te Ao Māori, Pacific and indigenous world views and practices; and
  • Demonstrated ability to solve strategic issues in the context of developing a long-term vision.
  • This is an opportunity to be part of a great team at GNS Science.

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