Pedologist (Intermediate or Senior)

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
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We are seeking an intermediate to senior pedologist to lead soil mapping and soil research projects at either the project or programme leadership level.

About the opportunity

This is an intermediate to senior role aimed at practised pedologists with demonstrated expertise in soil mapping and soil description, ideally within or alongside research programmes or institutes. There may be opportunities for a senior appointment for specially qualified and experienced candidates.

The purpose of the role is to undertake and lead research and consultancy for soil and landscape mapping, modelling, and information management, and to assist in the management and delivery of the S-map soil survey programme, both as a mapper and as a project leader (or programme leader). Specifically, the role supports the ongoing development of S-map and related soil information, including site selection, soil characterisation, soil sampling, mapping, pedology, land evaluation, and other soils research (e.g. soil carbon, soil health). The position will contribute to soils-related research and projects in the Characterising Land Resources and Managing Land and Water portfolios.

The position is an open term (permanent) and full time (37.5 hours per week), reports to a Capability Leader within the Soils & Landscapes team and will be based at Manaaki Whenua's Palmerston North site. Appointment to Lincoln or Hamilton may also be considered at MWLRs discretion.

About you

You will hold a Master's or PhD qualification in Soil Science or a related discipline and have demonstrated experience in soil-landscape interpretation, soil mapping, and pedology. The right candidate will have practical soil mapping skills, experience with field surveys and leading projects or programmes, and research experience. Ideally, you will also have familiarity and competence with the latest digital mapping techniques and proximal soil-sensing technologies, an appreciation of land classification frameworks, such as Land Use Capability (LUC), and knowledge of New Zealand agricultural systems and land use. You will have excellent communication skills, physical fitness, and be able to work in the field and be available to travel throughout New Zealand. Experience working with farmers, Māori landowners, rural support agencies, and regional councils is desirable.

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our land, our future - this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research exists. At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving New Zealand's rich biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and protecting the health of the land, freshwater, and soil resources we need for a prosperous future. We recognise the importance of partnerships, the special role of Māori, and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge, understanding, and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious environment. We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally.

Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique contribution. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family-friendly environment, and enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.

How to apply

Enquiries about the position may be directed to Jeanette King, [email protected]. For further details about Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, watch this short clip: Manaaki Whenua and visit our website:

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Applications close on Monday 31 January 2022 at 5 pm NZT

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