Science Advisor, Statistician

Department of Conservation

Do you want an interesting and challenging consultancy role in conservation? Are you looking at broadening your horizons and applying your knowledge and skills to address novel statistical and conservation problems?

The Department of Conservation (DOC) (Māori: Te Papa Atawhai) is the branch of New Zealand’s government charged with the conservation of New Zealand's natural and historical heritage. The department also provides services for residents and visitors who wish to enjoy the country’s natural landscapes. The Planning, Monitoring and Reporting team within the Biodiversity unit is responsible for the prioritization of the department’s activities such as ecosystem protection and asset maintenance, monitoring design, information management, analysis and reporting as well as for consultancy and research. You can read more about the department and the team in the applicant information sheet.

We are looking for a highly motivated applied statistician to strengthen the department’s statistical work from within the Planning, Monitoring and Reporting team. This permanent position is a unique opportunity to contribute to the statistical design, analysis, and training underpinning the science base for conserving NZ’s native biodiversity and facilitating enjoyment of our natural and cultural heritage. In your role you will have the chance to engage in complex interesting statistical problems that benefit conservation while working with the New Zealand and international statistical community.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD or Masters level qualification in statistics or equivalent
  • Experience applying statistics - from work, internship or dissertation project
  • Statistical programming experience (preferably R)
  • Written and oral communications skills, including the ability to convey complex statistical concepts to a wide audience.
  • Experience with observational study design and analysis

Other qualifications:

  • Reproducible research methods using Version Control Systems, RMarkdown/Knitr, or LaTeX
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience with social and/or ecological studies

As the successful candidate you will be encouraged to travel across New Zealand to engage with staff in many different offices. You will have opportunities to become involved hands on with data in the field, including on monitoring programmes you helped design. You will apply your significant knowledge and experience to make a major impact on conservation management across New Zealand.

To view the applicant information sheet, role description and to apply online, please visit

Applications must be submitted online and include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.

For any queries, please contact Helene Thygesen, telephone +64 275705941, quoting vacancy 500/6102.

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 30 October 2017.

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