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Job Opening: Environmental Legal and Policy Researcher

04 July 2022

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is a leading not-for-profit environmental organisation which has been committed to improving environmental outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand for 50 years. EDS has three main functions: environmental litigator, conference director and policy developer.

EDS’s significant litigation programme involves high profile matters and sets important legal precedent (i.e., the Supreme Court decision of EDS v King Salmon). Its ambitious program of policy development directly informs current reform of environmental laws and has included a major review of the resource management, conservation and, most recently, oceans systems. EDS has an exciting programme of policy development lined up, including on adaptation and managed retreat, wildlife, conservation and oceans laws.

To assist with that policy work EDS seeks an Environmental Legal and Policy Researcher. Writing policy reports for EDS opens up unparallel professional development opportunities, like joining Government advisory panels and becoming an expert in emerging areas of law.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking national and international literature and legislative reviews
  • Synthesising and analysing material
  • Organising and participating in interviews and workshops
  • Managing peer review processes
  • Writing reports
  • Presenting at conferences
  • Assisting with litigation from time to time

EDS seeks someone with a sharp intellect, proven research analysis and writing skills, high self-motivation and the ability to work effectively in a small team. The ideal candidate will hold a degree in law and a degree in relevant science. A postgraduate degree in law (Masters, PhD or similar) and knowledge of Te Ao Māori and an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi would be advantageous.

Ideally, you would be based in EDS’s Auckland office, although EDS offers working from home. The role is full time however part-time will be considered for the right candidate. Salary is negotiable. Please apply in confidence by sending your curriculum vitae and academic transcript to raewyn@eds.org.nz before 5pm on Friday 29 July 2022.