Science Manager


Horizons Regional Council

  • Science management role
  • Lead a dynamic team   
  • A real opportunity to make your mark


With it being a dynamic time in the local government environment, now is an excellent time to showcase your science expertise – and we’re seeking a Science Manager to lead a high performing and highly regarded science team.

Based in Palmerston North, the Horizons Regional Council region extends over 22,200km² - from Ruapehu in the north, Horowhenua in the south, to Whanganui in the west, and Tararua, in the east. It’s a vast and varied landscape, with significant water impact, and home to 240,000 people. It’s a family friendly organisation, and people can truly enjoy a balanced work/home lifestyle, with the great outdoors on your doorstep.

This position will lead the very well regarded science team in the Natural Resources and Partnerships Group of Horizons Regional Council.

A level three role, you’ll manage the natural resources and partnerships' science programme and play a key part in integrating science into Horizons’ activity. You’ll have a mix of specialist scientists supporting your work in the monitoring and science portfolios and informing policy and regulatory activities.

You’ll be working at the front end of exciting policy process, providing science advice into resource management work, making a difference on the ground with water quality, and providing solid guidance and advice to council on areas involving the region’s natural resources.

To be successful in this role, you’ll have:

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant natural science
  • Environmental science experience – including extensive experience in designing, undertaking and reporting scientific research programmes
  • Project management, people management and financial management skills
  • A sound knowledge of the Resource Management Act
  • Knowledge of local government, and in particular, regional councils
  • Excellent communication skills

You’ll be a strong decision maker, able to influence and build trust at all levels, and operate as a trusted advisor. You’ll subscribe to a collaborative ethos, with an engaging leadership style, and be adept at building strong and positive stakeholder relationships across sectors.

This is an excellent opportunity to apply your scientific expertise in an organisation that values your contribution – and to leave big city living behind and live a family friendly life in one of our great regions. In return, you can look forward to a rewarding career with opportunities to further develop, within a friendly, social, flexible, and supportive working environment.


Applications close: 5 pm, 11 July 2021

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