Science Support Manager, Planning and Support Unit, Biodiversity Group, Wellington
Department of Conservation
Wellington, New Zealand
6h ago

Job Specification

The Biodiversity Planning and Support Unit (PSU) is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic people leader to motivate a group of dynamic and passionate individuals to influence biodiversity conservation outcomes.

He angitūtanga : About the Role

As the Science Support Manager, you will be responsible for leading two small teams within the biodiversity group. The teams include Social Scientists and Conservation Technologists who are based in Wellington and Auckland.

Despite contributing to the same outcome, each team is unique in terms of their culture and programme of work. The teams cover a wide portfolio of work :

  • The Social and Behavioural Science team is responsible for conducting human behavioural research with the aim of understanding and influencing values and attitudes that contribute to positive conservation outcomes.
  • The Conservation Electronics team utilises their skills in electronics and mechanical design to develop and supply custom tools to support conservation.
  • He kōrero mōu : What we are looking for

    In order to be successful in this role, you will need to be a true collaborator with the agility to bring teams together to achieve common conservation objectives.

    Ideally you will bring significant leadership experience in the conservation space. Leadership expertise is more crucial than detailed technical experience however, we would like to see good knowledge of, or strong interest in social science and electronics.

    Delivering outputs to expectations whilst also promoting good wellbeing across the teams will be key to your success.

  • As a member of the Planning and Support leadership team you will need to be able to apply your strategic lens over the different work requests we receive to enable clear and transparent prioritisation;
  • be able to forecast and manage conflicting demands on the teams time; and further develop the team's collaborative relationships with the different business groups the team works with.

    Your strengths will be in managing, coaching and developing staff, quickly coming to grips with complex issues and navigating the way forward and leading a team of dedicated professionals through influence.

    Experience leading science and technical teams in a public sector environment is essential. A postgraduate qualification in conservation related science is desired.

    Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou : What's in it for you?

    A fantastic working environment. Combined with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people really enjoy working with us!

    Flexible working, the ability to work partially from home or slightly adjust regular business hours as long as the work gets done.

    Excellent training opportunities. Our culture is centred upon continuous improvement. Your induction will include excellent nation-wide training opportunities as well as ongoing training programs to further extend your existing knowledge.

    Perks! General accommodation discounts, free accommodation in our backcountry huts / campsites, insurance discounts and other wellbeing initiatives.

    Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa if applying internationally .

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