Ecology jobs, PhD, Postdoctoral and volunteer positions
Data Quality Analyst, Land Use and Carbon Analysis System - Ministry for the Environment
A full-time, fixed term opportunity to work on data quality of forest plot data collected under the New Zealand Land Use and Carbon Analysis System (LUCAS) programme. Located in our Wellington office.
LUCAS is a cross-government programme led by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE). The role of LUCAS is to calculate and report carbon stock change from the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector in the national greenhouse gas inventory. LUCAS collects field data in forest inventories which are used as the basis for carbon stock and stock change calculations in New Zealand’s forests. Additional whole of government benefits also flow from this work, including the reuse of the biodiversity data. It is important to ensure that the data are accurately stored in the LUCAS database.
Your role will be to ensure that the plot data collected from New Zealand’s natural forest plot network meets the highest standards of quality against a specified Quality Control/Quality Assurance framework.
What you’ll be doing:
Within this project you will check and update the forest plot datasets with reference to data collection, quality control and quality assurance protocols, and ensure these datasets are accurately stored within the LUCAS database. A large part of the work involves quality checking and updating data collected on permanent vegetation survey plots in indigenous forest. You will also liaise with landowners to ensure they receive a copy of data collected on their land where they have requested this.
You will need:
• an understanding of biological monitoring programmes
• practical experience working with large quantities of data
• attention to detail
• a biological science background preferably in New Zealand botany or forest ecology
• a science degree, preferably post graduate qualification or working towards one
• experience working with Microsoft Excel
• good communication skills
• experience measuring permanent vegetation survey plots in indigenous vegetation is an advantage
• experience in data management and database systems (e.g. Microsoft Access and Microsoft SQL) is an advantage.
Join us and you’ll find a strong team culture. You will also have the opportunity to make a positive difference to New Zealand’s environment.
Further information and how to apply
Salary range: $47,250 to $77,625
Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.
Click below on the link to Government Jobs Online for further information and to apply.
If you require further information on the application process, please contact Marilyn Moran on (04) 439 7484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply online by completing the questionnaire and submit along with your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role.
Due to the Christmas/New Year break, shortlisting for this role will occur in January.
Closing Date: 11.00 pm Tuesday 17 December 2013
MSc position available to study kauri dieback disease, pathogenicity and host-resistance
Scion Forest Research, Rotorua and Massey University, Palmerston North
Protecting our Taonga species – pathogenicity in kauri dieback.
Kauri trees are under serious threat from a Phytophthora pathogen (PTA). Thousands of trees have already died and many others are showing dieback symptoms where the pathogen is present. As part of a nationwide effort to combat kauri dieback the national Bio-Protection Research Centre has provided funding for a Masters student project. The project will involve development of essential tools that can be used to screen and select native kauri lines for resistance to the PTA pathogen. The infection process will be studied in detail in the laboratory using modern microscopy techniques, and laboratory results will be compared with infections seen in the forest. Both classical plant pathology and molecular-microbiological tools will be used. The first year will be mainly based at Massey University (Palmerston North) and will include taught postgraduate courses, project planning, literature review and development of microscopy methods. The second year will be mainly based at Scion (Rotorua) and will involve laboratory and field based research with kauri, in collaboration with Landcare Research and the Kauri Dieback Management Programme. A one year research-only MSc for a student who already has Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma of Science is also possible.
The project is funded by a New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission grant to the Bio-Protection Research Centre. It is part of a larger collaboration with scientists at Landcare Research Ltd, Plant and Food Research, Lincoln University and Murdoch University Western Australia.
For more information please contact Associate Professor Rosie Bradshaw (R.E.Bradshaw@massey.ac.nz) or Dr Peter Scott (Peter.Scott@scionresearch.com). We are looking for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in bioprotection of native species, and a BSc or BAgSci degree in a relevant discipline. Experience in plant pathology and microbiology would be an advantage. Maori students are particularly encouraged to apply.
The studentship provides for an annual stipend of NZ$10,000 plus fees per annum for a period of up to two years. Applicants must meet Massey University admission requirements (http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/admission/entry-requirements/eligible_home.cfm).
To apply please send a curriculum vitae, motivation letter and contact details of at least two referees to Rosie Bradshaw (R.E.Bradshaw@massey.ac.nz) as soon as possible.
The position will close when a suitable candidate has been found.
Manager Environmental Science - Hawkes Bay Regional Council
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC) plays the principal role in ensuring a clean and healthy environment for communities across the region. Their values of excellence, integrity, forward thinking, innovation and partnerships will echo through this appointment. The successful appointee to this position will have significant influence on ensuring science input into the Council’s broader strategy, policy development, resource consent and statutory advocacy processes.
We are looking for an experienced Manager to lead a team that includes some of New Zealand’s best scientists to inform the delivery and implementation of Council’s land and water management strategy. You will be responsible for leading the region’s environmental research and investigative programme across a number of strands – water quality and ecology (including coasts), water quantity, land, air and climate. A key focus will be on stakeholder engagement as you will oversee and be reporting back on a broad range of science initiatives and projects at any one time.
A relevant post-graduate qualification is essential, along with a working knowledge of the RMA. People management experience in a local government or science-aligned organisation will be highly regarded. Your background will include solid experience in environmental research and monitoring programmes along with baseline knowledge of policy and finance management. Importantly you will be able to engage with a broad range of audiences and will have a special skill to translate complex scientific issues to those with less technical knowledge!
Technical opportunities of this scope and nature are rare in New Zealand. This is your chance to combine a fantastic professional move with a superb lifestyle opportunity in sunny Hawke’s Bay.
If you have the experience and desire to join an innovative Council which is leading the way with environmental matters, then we would love to hear from you. Please email your application to email@example.com quoting reference number 2467 or telephone the team at Red to learn more about this opportunity. Telephone 06 877 6637.
PhD Scholarship: ANU
Reintroduction of Ecosystem Engineers as a Woodland Restoration Tool: effects on plants and soil, water and nutrient cycles
An attractive PhD scholarship $28,715 per annum, tax-free for 3 years, plus operating funds.
Since European settlement, Australia has seen one of the highest rates of mammal extinction in the world. Many of the small mammals that became extinct had important ecological functions, and our understanding of these effects on ecosystem structure and dynamics is poor. A project to reintroduce the Eastern bettong (Bettongia gaimardi), that went extinct on the mainland but survived in Tasmania, provides a unique opportunity to study the role such ‘ecosystem engineers’ can play is restoring temparate woodland ecosystems. This is a major collaborative project between the ACT Government, Australian National University, CSIRO and the James Hutton Institute (Scotland). We are seeking applications from a highly qualified and motivated candidate to undertake the following PhD project:
Ecosystem engineering: how do bettongs affect the soil, water and nutrient cycles and plant diversity in box-gum grassy woodlands? The aim of this project will be to examine how bettongs influence soil condition and plant diversity.
This PhD integrates soil science, plant and animal ecology. The successful candidate will have a background and interests in environmental science and management, ecology or similar. Specialist skills relevant to the subject of the PhD project, including experience in field ecology or soil science, will be a distinct advantage. First class Honours (or equivalent academic and professional qualifications) is a prerequisite for appointment. Interested individuals are invited to submit an expression of interest stating their interests and ideas in this area of research and their CV. An expert supervisory panel that matches the skills of the successful applicant will be provided.
Enquiries to: Associate Professor Adrian Manning
ARC Future Fellow, The Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Frank fenner Building, The Australian National University , Canberra ACT 0200 Ph: (02) 6125 5415
Closing date: Postion will be open until filled.