Ministry for Primary Industries

  • Permanent
  • Wellington

We are looking for Scientists who are passionate about fish /fisheries and/or environmental interactions of fisheries to join the Fisheries Science Team within Fisheries New Zealand. We have:

  • One permanent Scientist / Senior Scientist / Principal Scientist /Principal Advisor (appointment level dependent upon expertise and experience)
  • One 6-month fixed-term/secondment Senior Scientist

About the role - Kōrero mō te tūranga

These positions will have you providing innovative thinking and expert advice on fisheries management issues. You will be an integral part of our Science team, designing and commissioning research projects, evaluating tenders, monitoring research contracts, and reviewing and updating research documents.  At a more senior level you may run one or more of our multi-stakeholder Science Working Groups or participate in or lead delegations on international fisheries issues. 

Your key responsibilities include:

  • Providing advice and training/mentoring across the Fisheries science group (Principal Adviser).
  • Chairing fisheries assessment working group meetings (Principal/Senior Scientist);
  • Participating in fisheries assessment working group meetings (Scientist / Senior Scientist)
  • Providing science advice to fishery managers;
  • Representing New Zealand in domestic and international science meetings of relevance (Principal);
  • Involvement in developing appropriate fisheries research programmes;
  • Writing and evaluating tenders for fisheries research projects;
  • Managing research projects through to completion;
  • Communication of science to a broad range of stakeholders and iwi partners. 

Skills and Experience Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako

  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications (preferably PhD plus experience for Principal roles and a minimum of MSc for Scientist/Senior)
  • Knowledge and experience in fisheries biology, preferably quantitative analyses either in the stock assessment or environmental impacts of seafood harvest or production areas.
  • Principal Scientist/Adviser candidates will have extensive experience of stock assessment or environmental impacts of seafood production together with excellent analytical, written and communication skills.
  • Principal Adviser candidates should also have experience mentoring/training science staff and leading large programmes of work.

About the branch Mō te peka

Fisheries is an important component of the primary sector. Fisheries science and fisheries management functions are part of Fisheries New Zealand, one of four business units at the Ministry for Primary Industries. Science is a key component of Fisheries New Zealand and the science team is responsible for providing scientific advice on the status of fish stocks and on assessing and mitigating environmental effects of fishing.

The fisheries science team covers a broad range of relevant marine science including stock assessments, bycatch quantification and mitigation, as well as biodiversity research and effects of seafood production on marine populations and communities, with an increasing consideration of ecological links and marine ecosystems. We work proactively with fisheries managers and a wide range of stakeholders to solve problems and obtain new data and ideas for innovative and improved solutions.

The Ministry supports flexible working arrangements, however for those new to Fisheries Science in New Zealand a Wellington location, at least initially, would be a necessity. For applicants already embedded within the New Zealand fisheries science community we are willing to discuss other location possibilities. If suitable candidates are not available for the permanent opportunity this is also open to qualified scientists interested in a secondment, or similar arrangement, for a period of at least one year.

How to Apply - Me pēhea te tuku tono

Applicants must be eligible to work in New Zealand. Further information on eligibility for working in New Zealand and obtaining appropriate visas can be found at

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal. 

Please specify in your cover letter which role is your preference. 

If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Melissa Heaney for a confidential discussion at

Applications close 27 September 2020.


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