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Careers at Manaaki Whenua

Land your future
If growing your skills and experience so you can make difference is important to you, join our small but mighty team of more than 400 people around New Zealand. At Manaaki Whenua, we are focused on protecting the health of the land, and the fresh water and soil resources we need for a prosperous future.

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our Land, Our Future is the core of our being. Our research focuses on preserving New Zealand's rich biodiversity by improving biosecurity and keeping our environment healthy.

We have teams based in the South Island at Lincoln (near Christchurch), and Dunedin, and in the North Island at Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North and Wellington.

Our skill in soil and biosecurity research is recognised internationally and by organisations within New Zealand. Pest eradication expertise led by our researchers is now considered an export industry for Aotearoa New Zealand.

We recognise that modern science cannot be worked on in isolation. Our partnerships with Māori allow us to embrace a holistic approach to bring knowledge, understanding and practical tools to all New Zealanders so we can live in harmony with our environment.

Who we are and what we stand for

Manaaki Whenua’s culture is what sets us apart. Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique contribution. Manaaki Whenua is committed to upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, incorporating these principles into our aspirations, strategies and working practices.

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua, you will work with passionate and talented people in a welcoming and inclusive environment and enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.


Go to the NZ Parental Leave RegisterWe offer:

  • Superannuation matched up to 6%
  • 4 weeks, 4 days annual leave
  • Paid parental leave for both primary caregivers and partners
  • Enhanced sick leave package
  • Additional paid holidays over the Christmas period
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Branded clothing.

Staff wellbeing:

  • Flexible working
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Manaaki Tangata, our in-house wellbeing programme
  • Free annual flu vaccinations
  • Income maintenance and life insurance
  • Discounted health insurance
  • Banking packages & financial health checks.

These benefits are current as at April 2024 and may change/evolve over time.

For those applying from overseas, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is a New Zealand Immigration Accredited Employer.

Diversity & inclusion

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research is committed to developing a diverse and an inclusive workplace. We believe this is the right thing to do, but we also believe it is a worthwhile strategy that makes our organisation stronger and more capable through building on our diversity of thinking, enabling us to better understand the needs of our stakeholders and people and respond effectively to them. An inclusive environment means the diverse perspectives we have are more likely to be expressed, heard, and acted on.

As an Equal Employment Opprotunity (EEO) employer, Maanki Whenua – Landcare Research is commited to promoting equal opportunities for its employee.

Manaaki Whena – Landcare Research is commited to cultivating a workplace environment rooted in diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are dedicated to ensuring equal access to opportunities and fair treatment for all employees throughout every aspect in the workplace (e.g. in access to, consideration for, and encouragement in recruitment, selection, promotion, conditions of employment, training and career development) regardless of differences among our employees (e.g. due to race, colour, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, marital status, religious or ethical beliefs, employment status, family status or political or other organisation affiliation). Our aim is to create an atmosphere where all employees feels a sense of belonging, contributing to a harmonious and dynamic workplace where each individual’s unique qualities are embraced and celebrated.