Science Adviser – Mātauranga Māori

Mō mātou | About us

Do you want to work for the present and future benefit of a prosperous and vibrant region with a high quality natural environment? At Taranaki Regional Council, our mission is to responsibly and effectively promote the sustainable use, development and protection of Taranaki’s natural and physical resources while representing and advocating Taranaki’s regional interests.  


Mō te tūnga | About the role

We have an opportunity for a Science Adviser – Mātauranga Māori to join the team in this newly created role to make a meaningful contribution to the Taranaki region. This role will be responsible for providing the science delivery and interpretation requirements that give effect to the Regional Council’s functions, plans, strategies and policies.

This role is intended to support aspects of the Council’s recognition and expression of Mātauranga Māori, to ensure that Council staff are equipped to value and recognise Mātauranga Māori within their work, and to enable the Council to better give effect to its obligations under the Resource Management Act instruments and te Tiriti o Waitangi. This is a core role to build trust and effective relationships with tangata whenua in the field of environmental management.

You will be focused on developing and undertaking research projects, the implementation and management of monitoring projects for state of the environment reporting, and providing specialist technical advice. This is an exciting opportunity to really make your mark and deliver dynamic results. Through continuous improvement of current practices there is the ability to have real impact on outcomes and deliveries.


Mōu | About you

You will need a tertiary qualification in a relevant science field, a minimum of three years’ relevant post-qualification experience involving a range of environmental practices although recent graduates are encouraged to also apply. You will be influential and have proven experience building relationships through credibility and trust.

You will also have the ability to navigate and transcend two often opposing worldviews. You will also have the skills and ability to support and encourage employees at all levels to become more attuned to Mātauranga Māori.


Our environment quality department is a busy team and you will need to have the ability to actively communicate with iwi and hapū, and foster and facilitate relationships between iwi/hapū and scientific staff of the Council, including proactive identification of opportunities for consultation, co-development, assistance and collaboration. You will need to be versatile, resourceful and have exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential including experience in leading groups and delivering presentations.


To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Familiarity with Mātauranga Māori and with tools or methodologies by which it is given effect to in environmental monitoring and assessments
  • Familiarity with tikanga
  • Familiarity with te reo to at least a basic level
  • Experience in designing and delivering field-based scientific studies and programmes
  • Familiarity with the Resource Management Act


Taranaki Regional Council offers an attractive workplace in a friendly and supportive environment. The job description is available by clicking on the link below.  For any further information, please call Karen Smylie, HR Manager on (06) 765 7127. 

Applications close on Monday 25 January 2021 and must be made directly through this website.

The Council is committed to the concept of equal employment opportunities.

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: LVAL07400

Location: Stratford

Closing Date: Monday, 25 January 2021