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Careers at Manaaki Whenua

If growing your skills and expertise 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), Dunedin and Alexandra, 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 an holistic approach to bring knowledge, understanding and practical tools to all New Zealanders so we can live in harmony with our environment.
Manaaki Whenua is an Equal Opportunity Employer. What matters to us is your passion, enthusiasm and skill in your chosen field, for the do you!

What we offer

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 caring and family friendly environment and enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.

Current vacancies

Current vacancies are listed on the Science New Zealand careers portal.

The Science New Zealand portal will also allow you to set up Job Alerts for vacancies matching your search criteria at both Manaaki Whenua and other Crown Research Institutes.

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Meet some of our people