Work with us: Kaimanaaki Pāpāho | Media Advisor – Science Media Centre

Our team is growing! We are looking for an experienced journalist or exceptional science communicator to join our small, dedicated team.

We are an independent, trusted source of resources that reporters and newsrooms rely on, improving the reach and relevance of media coverage of science, health, environment, technology, social and related issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We work in a fast-paced environment, immersed in a wide range of research topics and responding rapidly to breaking news stories. You’ll need to be able to make sense of essential information on issues you’re encountering for the first time, and proactively identify angles and contacts that will be useful for New Zealand media. A proven knack for interviewing researchers and drawing out clear and quotable explanations will be an advantage.

We also regularly deliver events, training and professional development for researchers and journalists through our acclaimed Science Media Savvy programme and newsroom workshops. You’ll be an enthusiastic public speaker, contributor and host for a dynamic programme of high-quality events.

Pukēnga | Skills and experience

To succeed in the role, you’ll need to be a self-starter who enjoys connecting with people, learning new things, working collaboratively and finding creative solutions to barriers. A relevant research qualification, familiarity with academic journal publications or in-depth knowledge of one or more research specialties would be a definite plus. Excellent writing skills are essential.

You’ll ideally bring established networks of contacts in the New Zealand media and/or research sectors to support the work we do. Networks in te ao Māori or among Pacific communities are highly desirable, as is experience of building trusted relationships across different cultural contexts.

In addition to day-to-day operations, there will be ample opportunities to contribute to longer term strategy and guide the future direction of the Centre.

Wā Roanga | Tenure

This is a full-time permanent position. The expected appointing salary is approximately $75,000 with the actual salary dependent on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

Te Mahi | Job Description

A full position description can be found on our website at:

The NZSMC is an operational unit within Royal Society Te Apārangi, for which the Society receives funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

You must be a New Zealand citizen or resident eligible to work in New Zealand.

Mō Te Apārangi | About us

Royal Society Te Apārangi is an independent statutory organisation that advances and promotes the humanities, mātauranga Māori, science and technology in Aotearoa in New Zealand. We do this through research funding, expert advice, practice advice, community outreach and engagement, and rewarding and acknowledging excellence and leadership.

We are an organisation of about 50 kaimahi staff and are looking for a positive and energetic person with a sense of humour to join our team.

This role reports to the Tumu Pāpāho Rau Pūtaiao | Director – Science Media Centre.

Whakaurua | Apply

If you think you may be the right person for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter to by 5pm Rāpare Thursday 9 Haratua May 2024.

He pātai | Questions?

Interested candidates are invited to contact Dacia Herbulock, Tumu Pāpāho Rau Pūtaiao | Director – Science Media Centre on 021 230 8938 for a confidential conversation ahead of the closing date.