Team Leader, Science Integration, Environmental Science

Posted on 20-Jan-2022  
Application Close Date: 30-Jan-2022
Job Details
Environmental Science & monitoring
Position Type:
Fixed Term - Full Time
Job Reference:
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Job Description

Application Fact Sheet.pdf (PDF, 252KB)

We are seeking a talented individual to join our high performing and motivated Environmental Science Department. This role is based in our fantastic new office in Wellington and is full time, fixed term until September 2022.

About the role:

The Team Leader, Science Integration is part of the Environmental Science management team, supporting strategic thinking and department-wide planning. 

You'll relish working at the interface between evidence and policy and, you'll have a commitment to providing fit-for-purpose information to support good decisions. You'll help shape how we use information to inform our planning and implementation. 

A major focus of the role will be to lead the team through a period of significant change of structure to our group, process and culture – all to get us in better shape for the future. 

Additionally, you'll oversee the team's work programme, prioritising and managing workloads to deliver environmental benefits whilst ensuring the wellbeing of your team. 

You have:

  • Ability to think strategically, co-design a vision and work towards it
  • Passion and commitment to excellent leadership with proven people management skills
  • An understanding of where to focus your team's efforts, how to play to people's strengths
  • Leading through change and understanding the principles of change management
  • An understanding of the importance of other knowledge bases and information sources (including mātauranga Māori, citizen science and social science)
  • A commitment to working with our iwi partners and to understanding what this means for providing evidence to decision-makers
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to build productive working relationships and work collaboratively
  • Experience in working with ambiguity and dealing with complex problems
  • A relevant post-graduate qualification or equivalent experience in an environmental or social science

We have:

  • Complex natural resource problems that need your intelligence and enthusiasm to solve
  • A friendly and supportive culture with people who are passionate about doing great work for our extraordinary region
  • An Environmental Science department populated with highly motivated and experienced science professionals working across multi-disciplinary projects
  • An open mind for new ideas and different ways of doing things
  • Work life balance – flexible working hours

About Greater Wellington:

Every day we put all our energy into protecting and enhancing our region. We carefully balance sustainability with economic growth and protection with expansion.

We're a growing and diverse region, and it's our role to protect our environment while also meeting the cultural, social and economic needs of our communities. We're specifically responsible for environment management, flood protection and land management, provision of regional parks, public transport planning and funding, and metropolitan water supply.

It's about dealing with today and planning for the future, especially with the challenges of climate change.

How to apply:

This is a fixed term position until September 2022. We welcome applicants from regional or central government that are interested in secondments from their organisations.

If you believe you are the right person, we'd love to hear from you. Click on the Apply link to view the job description and to apply with a cover letter and CV.

For further information please contact Lucy Baker, Manager, Environmental Science on 021 719 854.

Greater Wellington has a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination requirement for new employees as part of our health and safety risk management framework. This requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated from their start date. Proof of vaccination status will be required as part of our pre-employment process.

Applications Close: Sunday, 30 January 2022

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