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Research Officer - Oiled Wildlife Response (A186-17CA)

Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, College of Sciences

The Oil Response Wildbase team is contracted to Maritime New Zealand to provide New Zealand’s 24/7 oiled wildlife response and train New Zealand’s National Oiled Wildlife Response Team, distributed throughout NZ. This team also delivers significant research and post-graduate teaching outputs for Wildbase, which requires that we have 3 staff needed to sustain these outputs and our contractual obligations.

Location:Palmerston North
Term:Permanent
Grade:Lecturer/Research Officer
Salary:$68,945 - $87,990 pa
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 12 July 2017

Position overview

The Wildbase Oil Response Team at Massey University’s is looking to appoint a Reserach Officer who can assist in the running of NZ's Oiled Wildlife Response team, based at the University's Manawatu campus, in Palmerston North. The role is to provide support for oiled wildlife response activities and to complement the existing expertise, knowledge and skill base in the oiled wildlife response team within Wildbase and in collaboration with Maritime New Zealand.

Specifically, this position will entail Oil Response Activities which include on-call duties, assist with the development and facilitation of Oiled Wildlife Response training courses, assist with oiled wildlife project management and delivery, which will require domestic travel, assist with creation and/or updating of standard operating procedures and response plans and liaising with clients and stakeholders.

To be successful in appointment to this role, you must possess a post-graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in biological or environmental sciences, planning or a veterinary degree and have experience working in the subject areas of wildlife and/or environment, either in a field, rehabilitation, veterinary or planning capacity. You will need to have a strong team work focus and have excellent communication and time management skills. The job requires on-call and travel at short notice and previous experience in emergency management or oiled wildlife training is desirable. An ability to demonstrate analytical and out of the box thinking and practical skills related to problem solving and equipment use is desirable.

Enquiries about the specific duties of the position can be e-mailed to Louise Chilvers, Response Manager, Oil Response Wildbase at B.L.Chilvers@massey.ac.nz

Job description

Purpose statement

To provide support for oiled wildlife response activities and to complement the existing expertise, knowledge and skill base in oiled wildlife response within the Wildbase Centre and the Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences.

Responsible to

The appointee will be accountable to the Head of Institute through the Leader of Wildbase’s Oiled Response group.

Key accountabilities

The appointee will assist in Wildbase Oil Response portfolio activities. Specifically, this will entail:

  1. Oil Response Activities
    a) On-call duties relating to Oiled Wildlife Response activities in NZ and overseas.
    b) Assist with the development and facilitation of Oiled Wildlife Response training courses.
    c) Assisting with oiled wildlife project management and delivery, which will require regular
    domestic and possibly international travel, often at short notice.
    d) Assisting with creation and/or updating of standard operating procedures, newsletters and
    response plans including health and safety plans.
    e) Liaising with clients and stakeholders.

  2. Acting to minimise threats to health and safety of staff and students.

  3. Assist with Oil Response Research
    a) Including assistance the OWR Programme Leader in research activities;
    prepare funding proposals; prepare papers for publication; liaise with collaborators;
    supervise postgraduate students (if qualified and appropriate); and present research
    findings at scientific meetings.

  4. Ensuring that all her/his teaching, research and other activities which involve the use of
    animals or their tissues are conducted according to the law and conform with requirements
    of the Massey University Code of Ethical Conduct for the use of Live Animals for
    Teaching and Research.

  5. Contributing to meeting the administrative needs of the University, internally and
    externally, by participating in Institute, College and University functions as carried out by
    Boards, Committees, working parties, groups and offices as may be required or approved
    from time to time by the Institute Head.

  6. Promoting University academic and professional interests by serving government
    community, professional, educational or other organisations in external capacities which
    utilise and promulgate specialist academic and technical knowledge, skills and other
    expertise, as approved from time to time by the Institute Head.

  7. Other reasonable duties as specified by the Institute Head.

Person specification

Qualifications

A post-graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in biological or environmental sciences or veterinary degree is essential

Experience

Experience working in the subject areas of wildlife and/or environment, either in a field, rehabilitation, veterinary or planning capacity are essential.
Skills in data collection and management are essential.
Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills are essential.
Previous experience in emergency management is desirable.
Previous experience in oiled wildlife training and response is desirable.
Ability to demonstrate analytical and out of the box thinking skills related to problem solving is desirable.
Experience with managing people is desirable.
Fundamental statistical skills are desirable.
Research experience in biological sciences, management or planning is desirable.
Practically minded for equipment storage, use and maintenance is desirable.

Personal attributes and behaviours

Must be available to be on-call and travel at short notice. .
Approachable, helpful and positive attitude is essential.
Evidence of good writing and verbal communication skills are essential.
Ability to work as part of a team is essential.
Initiative and self-confidence is essential.
Organised with good time management skills are essential.
Must hold a current passport and be available to travel at short notice.
Must be eligible to hold a full, clean and current NZ driver’s licence.

 

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