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Current Job Opportunities

We are always looking for great people to join our team. Here are our current opportunities.

Kaiarahi Taiao

Are you keen to make a difference in environmental and planning issues across Otago for Kāi Tahu?

Aukaha is a mana whenua-owned consultancy involved in a range of exciting work across Otago.  As the Crown’s Treaty partner in Otago, mana whenua work closely with the Otago Regional Council on issues including freshwater, coastal management, biodiversity, pest management and cultural monitoring. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who can bring mātauraka Kāi Tahu into science, policy and strategy to inform us of our shared natural resources and support a new interface of science and mātauraka in the council’s work programme.

Aukaha planning and science staff work alongside mana whenua to advocate their aspirations for each of the Otago Regional Council’s plans and policies, and facilitate the reflection of mana whenua rights, values and interests within council plans and work programmes. You will act as a “cultural translator”, bringing mana whenua values and concepts into the interface of science and mātauraka.

Our work is innovative and exciting, and we are at the cutting edge of implementing new central government direction to integrate mātauraka into council policy in freshwater and biodiversity.   

If you have a science background in natural resource management and an in-depth understanding of mātauraka Kāi Tahu and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, enjoy a challenge and are tuned in to working with whānau, we would love to hear from you. We are a whānau-friendly, purpose-driven organisation creating enduring outcomes for our communities and the environment.  This role offers a variety of unique and challenging work alongside an established team already encompassing a high level of cultural and technical expertise.

To be successful in this role, ideally you will:

  • Have a sound understanding of Kāi Tahu tikaka, cultural values and mātauraka
  • Have a tertiary qualification (preferably post-graduate) and work experience in a science related to the management of natural resources
  • Be able to identify issues of concern to council and mana whenua, and propose solutions that incorporate both western and mātauraka knowledge systems
  • Have an ability to work with whānau and rūnaka, facilitate their knowledge and involvement in  council science and monitoring programmes   
  • Have an ability to work with local authority policy and regulatory staff and technical professionals
  • Have worked with a range of stakeholders including iwi, the private sector and local government.
  • Have experience working with the Resource Management Act, including experience writing reports;
  • Have excellent communication skills (both written and oral) and can communicate effectively to a variety of audiences 

To apply, please apply through our website with a completed application form, your curriculum vitae and cover letter.

For confidential enquiries please contact Sandra McIntyre on