Science Collaboration Lead
Environment Canterbury
Tuam Street, TUA, NZ
2d ago

Toitū te marae o Tāne, toitū te marae o Tangaroa, toitū te iwi - Taking action together to shape a thriving and resilient Canterbury, now and for future generations.

Over the next three and a half years, Environment Canterbury is building a new planning framework for Canterbury, incorporating a regional policy statement, coastal plan and an update to the land and water plan all of wahich require science to inform decision-making.

We are co-designing our approach to water management with Papatipu Rūnanga.

We are seeking a Science Collaboration Lead to lead the design, resourcing and execution of science contributions to these key regional planning projects.

As well as your strong collaboration and relationship-building skills, you will have proven science management and leadership experience, and an innovative, solutions-focused approach.

This is an exciting opportunity to expand and diversify your career by coordinating the development of a complex, transformational work programme.

In addition to your relevant post-graduate qualification, you will bring :

  • Strong collaboration and relationship building skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with iwi, rūnanga and hapū to incorporate Te Ao Māori perspectives in project design and delivery
  • Experience leading stakeholder engagement processes and facilitating co-design approaches
  • A proven ability to communicate complex information to a range of different audiences
  • Understanding of and commitment to honouring tikanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • An ability to think strategically to identify and evaluate emerging issues
  • An innovative, solutions-focused approach
  • A professional, inclusive manner and positive attitude
  • Our Science Group is full of highly talented, motivated staff who are committed to Environment Canterbury’s values of pononga, māiatanga, whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and kaitiakitanga.

    The position is based in our modern central Christchurch office. We offer a collaborative, inclusive workplace with a strong commitment to wellbeing and diversity.

    You will have great training and development opportunities, flexible working practices to support a work life / balance and a competitive benefits and salary package including life and income protection insurance.

    This is a fixed term role concluding at the notification of the Land and Water Plan under the Essential Fresh Water package in December 2024.

    For more information, please contact Davina McNickel, Senior Leader Science Strategy and Deployment, on 027 549 7718 or

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