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Research and Policy Officer (readvertised)

WWF-New Zealand is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Research and Policy Officer to provide the scientific, economic and policy foundation for our campaigns. This new role will help us achieve our mission: a world where people live in harmony with nature - ‘Kia noho ngatahi te tangata ki nga kura taiao’.
Do you want to make a difference and help protect the environment? Do you thrive working in a team? Do you have a passion for research and analysis across a range of disciplines? Are you interested in working for the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation? If so, we want to hear from you.
WWF-New Zealand is looking to recruit for a new position to join our Campaigns team. The Research and Policy Officer will provide the intellectual foundation for our campaigns and will be instrumental in providing the rigorous analysis and compelling arguments— as well as thinking creatively about how best to do this —to achieve the changes we seek.
WWF’s campaigns work encompasses a range of issues as well as a range of tactics and disciplines. All of our campaigning work is based on using robust science, economics and policy analysis to create a solid rationale for change and then identifying and reaching out to target audiences in the most effective and persuasive way we can.
In collaboration with other members of the Campaigns team, the Research and Policy Officer will undertake research, policy analysis and behind-the-scenes advocacy on the range of issues WWF works on to help achieve our campaign objectives.
In the near-term our priorities will be sustainable fisheries, climate change, marine protection and marine species conservation but the emphasis will shift over time and new areas of work will be developed so flexibility is essential.
The position is a full time permanent role and is based in WWF’s office in Wellington— we will not consider applications from those unable to work in Wellington.
The successful applicant will need to have real-world research and policy analysis experience (recent graduates are advised not to apply), be able to understand and interpret scientific and economic information, be well organised and good at prioritising workload, have excellent written communication skills, have experience of developing relationships with a range of stakeholders and be a good team worker.
If this sounds like you, please email your CV and cover letter as a single document by midnight Sunday 7th June 2015 to Linda Walsh:
Or for more information about the role, please contact Peter Hardstaff on 04 471 4281 (
Full details in the position description. Starting salary between NZ$65,000 – NZ$75,000 p.a. depending on skills & experience.

Applications are welcome from New Zealand residents and those holding a current New Zealand work visa. WWF employees in other countries are welcome to apply if they can satisfy NZ immigration requirements.


Position Description: Research and Policy Officer