Principal Scientist/Senior Scientist | Wellington City

Principal Scientist/Senior Scientist

Posted on 08-Mar-2017
Application Close Date: 09-Apr-2017
Wellington City
Scientists/ Technicians
Position Type:
Permanent Full Time
Job Reference:
Note clipFM Scientist Senior Scientist PD March 2017.pdf (PDF, 152KB)
Job Specification

FM Principal Scientist PD 2017.pdf (PDF, 153KB)
Job Specification

  • Are you passionate about fish and fisheries and want to be at the front end of providing expert advice and opinions on fisheries management issues? 
  • Can you provide scientific advice around the sustainability of fisheries?
  • Do you have experience in fish stock assessments or population modelling? 
  • Would participating in international fisheries forums appeal to you?
  • From Scientist to Senior Scientist to Principal Scientist – our team is looking for proactive and passionate Fisheries specialists to join our team! 



We are looking for a Scientist / Senior Scientist / Principal Scientist who is passionate about fish and fisheries to join the Ministry for Primary Industries in a permanent role within the Fisheries Science Stock Assessment Team.    


This position will have you offering your opinion and advice on fisheries management issues.  You will also have the opportunity to co-ordinate the research and stock assessment working group processes for selected species groups. You will be an integral part of our Science team by designing and commissioning fisheries assessment research projects, evaluating tenders, monitoring and auditing research contracts, and reviewing and updating research and assessment standards.  


Fisheries is an important component of the primary sector and fisheries management functions, including fisheries science, are located within a single directorate of MPI. Science is an important part of fisheries management and the science team contributes by providing scientific advice on the status of fish stocks and on assessing and mitigating environmental effects of fishing.


We carry out the full range of statutory regulatory functions, duties, and powers to manage New Zealand’s fisheries resources. Stock assessments are a fundamental aspect of fisheries management as they provide fisheries managers with a current status and condition of the stock. The science team delivers high quality science advice including fish stock assessments to underpin fisheries management decisions.  


Key Skills / Educational Requirements


  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications (preferably PhD for Principal, MSc for Scientist/Senior)
  • Knowledge and experience in fisheries biology, preferably population modelling or other quantitative analyses
  • Principal Scientists candidates will have extensive fish stock assessment experience (involving finfish or shellfish fisheries) together with excellent analytical, written and communication skills.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Chairing fisheries assessment working group meetings (Principal);
  • 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.



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. 


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


Applications for this role will not be accepted after 5 pm on 9 April 2017.

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