Senior Coastal Ecologist

Date: 05-Oct-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

He angitūtanga: The opportunity


The Research and Evaluation Unit have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Coastal Ecologist. In this new role, you will work collaboratively across council to help expand our coastal ecology evidence base for managing land use and climate change impacts. To support this, you will complement our existing coastal ecology monitoring programme and build our capability in understanding estuarine and coastal ecological processes through research. 


Key initiatives you will be responsible for include building the knowledge and evidence base to help council understand, manage, mitigate, and adapt to climate change in the coastal marine area and help build resilience. The role will have a strong focus on habitats and whole ecosystems.


Outputs will include:

  • Developing and enhancing our coastal monitoring programme
  • Responding to national directives in estuarine monitoring and management
  • Establishing research to identify and support the management of vulnerable coastal ecosystems
  • Supporting regional and national research programmes:
    • to improve understanding of climate change impacts in the marine environment within the Auckland region
    • to understand the climate mitigation benefits of blue carbon in the Auckland region. 
  • Undertaking robust data analysis and interpretation to inform policy and management decisions across council
  • Working across council to develop approaches to strengthen coastal resilience
  • Working with national research programmes to develop and improve models that predict coastal change and impact


He kōrero mōu: About you


You will be passionate about the environment and have a proven track record as an ecologist specialising in coastal ecology or have a relevant applied environmental science background.

You will enjoy working with a wide range of collaborators and your excellent communication and relationship building skills will support you to work with existing datasets, co-develop new research programmes and leverage off existing bodies of work to ensure the needs of council decisions makers are met. 


An ability to communicate complex environmental data to a wide range of audiences is central to this role. Excellent leadership and mentoring skills are also a necessity in this role, and effective project management experience is desirable.

An understanding of New Zealand’s regulatory framework and local government processes is desirable as is experience with policy effectiveness monitoring and evaluation.


You will also have:

  • A relevant Masters or PhD level qualification, and/or a minimum of 8 to 10 years in an applied ecology role, in Ecology/Environmental Science or related field
  • Strong New Zealand ecology knowledge
  • Strong statistical analysis experience
  • Experience in ecological effects assessment, management and restoration.
  • Experience in GIS would be beneficial but not essential
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to provide subject matter expertise and to provide scientific oversight in delivering a fit for purpose monitoring and research programme
  • Strong relationship building skills and experience working with a variety of audiences
  • Strong project management skills, including experience in budget tracking, invoicing, performance, and evaluation
  • Knowledge of Te Ao Māori and tikanga and/or a willingness to learn


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


Here you’ll have the opportunity to work across various projects and business units, as well as embed your community connections. In return, you’ll be immersed in a team of remarkable and talented professionals who have a passion for climate action, their community and who love making a difference in helping to make Auckland a vibrant place to live, work and play.  This role offers flexible working and is based in our central CBD office at 135 Albert Street.


If you are outcome and delivery-focused, and want to be part of a fun, self-motivated team, then apply now with your cover letter and CV.



Applications close 20th October 2021

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Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.