Environmental Social Scientist 


Hamilton, New Zealand 🇳🇿

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation and New Zealand’s largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science. Our core purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide an understanding of climate and the atmosphere, and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

What we’re looking for:

We are seeking an experienced Environmental Social Scientist to join our Social Science and Economics Team. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with NIWA’s biophysical, economic, and cultural scientists to contribute environmental social science expertise to a diverse range of research and consultancy projects. The team is primarily based at NIWA’s Hamilton office, and the candidate will be working on projects throughout New Zealand and occasionally in Pacific Island countries. For the right candidate an alternate NIWA office is available.

The position offers the opportunity to become a key member of a growing team at NIWA, whose primary function is to contribute and integrate social science and economic knowledge and expertise across many research activities to support NIWA’s core national outcome objectives. In particular, we are looking for candidates with expertise in the areas of natural hazards and climate change, and water resource and water quality management, although other areas of expertise may be considered.

What you will bring:

  • Several years’ experience (preferably 7+ years)
  • A broad range of knowledge and experience with social research theory and practice
  • Knowledge and experience in the context of climate change adaptation and natural resources would be an advantage
  • Proven communication, project management skills and project leadership
  • Demonstrated experience with co-production of knowledge within interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and/or transdisciplinary project teams
  • An ability to secure research and commercial project funding
  • An appreciation of tikanga, Mātauranga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Experience working in cross-cultural projects
  • Facilitation and workshop skills are an advantage
  • A publication track record.

We don’t expect perfection in our candidates – if you think you have what it takes, but don’t meet every point referenced in the position description, please still get in touch!

NIWA offers flexible working options (e.g., part-time, flexible start and finish times). We are happy to discuss potential flexible options for this position at the interview stage.

NIWA promotes the importance and value of an inclusive and diverse workforce, including the Rainbow Community, and pride ourselves on being a family-friendly and supportive workplace.

Job Details

Crown research institute: NIWA
Reference #: 45171
Posted on: 05 Sep 2022
Closes on: 02 Oct 2022 23:55
Location(s): Hamilton
Expertise: Social Sciences
Job level(s): Scientist
Work type(s): Fixed term
More details (document): Social Scientist PD – September 2022.pdf





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