Research Assistant/Senior Technician: Pest Management - Scion
Science New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand
1d ago

The Scion Pest Management team is looking for a highly motivated and energetic individual, who thrives on diversity. This person will conduct our field and laboratory research trials in vegetation management / invasive plant science, spray application technology and tools for eradication.

This is a full time permanent role with Forest Protection at Scion's Rotorua campus.

Key responsibilities :

  • Lead trial planning and co-ordination of technical teams to implement field and laboratory trials and manage sampling and data collection.
  • Use geospatial tools / instrumentation, meteorological equipment, data-loggers or plant physiological monitoring systems to set-up and monitor complex field trials.
  • Co-ordinate communication of trial plans with external clients to ensure appropriate permissions are in place to under-take field work safely.
  • Provide technical assistance in assessment and monitoring of field and laboratory trials
  • Work alongside aerial spray contractors (UAV and helicopter pilots) and scientists to conduct spray application efficacy tests, aircraft wake characterisation and / or spray targeting efficiency.
  • Support other technical staff and supervise students where necessary.
  • Assist project lead with the write up of reports.
  • Fieldwork will include overnight stays and travel driving on forestry roads.
  • An ideal candidate will have :

  • A Master's degree, or degree with appropriate experience, in plant sciences / crop protection / forestry and / or practical experience that demonstrates your ability to lead technical programmes in a research environment.
  • Excellent trial co-ordination and data management skills and physical fitness.
  • Demonstrated experience working with plant physiological equipment, geospatial technology and / or meteorological instrumentation use and deployment.
  • A willingness to work with pesticides and / or to be trained appropriately to do so.
  • Experience in undertaking field work in sometimes remote terrain.
  • Demonstrated scientific rigor with basic laboratory skills and detailed record keeping.
  • An aptitude and interest in problem solving and an ability to understand functioning of bespoke research equipment.
  • At a personal level you must be a natural leader with excellent communication skills and a keen interest in forestry, spray technology and biosecurity.

    Above all else, you will have high levels of self-motivation and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

    This role will involve work in the field so holding a valid full drivers licence is essential. This is an exciting opportunity to join our talented and high performing team.

    Scion specialises in research, science and technology development that applies to forest ecosystems and forest growing, wood products and wood-derived materials.

    We lead planted forest research, new technology development for renewables, bioproducts and energy and the establishment of a broader based bio-economy.

    Scion's Forest Protection team plays a key role as we strive to protect NZ's plantation and urban forests from the challenges of disease, insects and fire.

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