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Advisor, Hazardous Substances

Environmental Protection Authority
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Science and Environment
Wellington - Wellington
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description
EPA is the government agency responsible for regulating activities that affect New Zealand's environment. New Zealand has some unique environments, a unique culture, and a special relationship with tangata whenua (indigenous people). In doing our work we carefully balance social, economic, safety, and environmental factors to protect the way of life New Zealanders want now, and in the future. Our work must be done in a way that: contributes to the efficient, effective and transparent management of New Zealand's environment and natural and physical resources enables New Zealand to meet its international obligations. We have particular responsibilities under the environmental Acts we manage. Our role includes: Administering nationally significant proposals Managing chemicals in New Zealand Regulating activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone Administering the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme Making decisions about New Organisms Public awareness, and; Science leadership Hazardous Substances Applications Advisors We have vacancies for three advisors to join our Hazardous Substances Applications team. In this team we assess and evaluate information, provided by applicants, to provide well-reasoned and expert guidance to decision makers as a part of a statutory process. It s a great time to join us and help make a difference in shaping the future of chemical management in New Zealand as we embark on a number of exciting and future focused initiatives, including a chemical reassessment programme released this year, and chemical modernisation programme underway What we re looking for We d like to hear from people who have skills in toxicology or ecotoxicology, and more generally in chemical and biological sciences, scientific risk assessment/management. Experience working in a fast moving busy regulatory environment would be advantageous. Within our Hazardous Substances Applications team we have a number of different roles available, we are currently seeking to recruit to fill 2 roles with specific deliverables to process, assess, and review applications to import and manufacture, contain or determine new hazardous substances under the HSNO Act, and one role specifically focusing on our chemical reassessment programme, contributing to the reassessment of existing hazardous substances in New Zealand under the HSNO Act. The nature of the work is varied and you will be provided with interesting and challenging opportunities to enhance your career as a regulator. We are forming a great team of people who are passionate about regulatory science and being part of a multidisciplinary team, wonderful to work with, and have a sense of fun. We are focused on being a proactive regulator and doing good for New Zealand, while delivering on our customer experience. Our workload is expanding and if you think you d fit right in, then come and help create the change New Zealand needs. Knowledge and experience required We are looking for a highly-organised individuals with: A relevant qualification, with experience in chemical and biological sciences, scientific risk and/or benefit analysis, scientific risk management, toxicology or ecotoxicology Experience or demonstrated understanding of being a regulatory scientist Ability to analyse complex or technical material and communicate it simply Sound judgment, common sense and a pragmatic approach Excellent written and oral communication skills Experience in establishing and maintaining good relationships, internally and externally self-motivation, and who is driven to deliver, able to manage multiple tasks and have strong attention to detail Capability to familiarise yourself with legislation and regulations, such as the HSNO Act, Health and Safety at Work Act and the ACVM Act Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and partner with others to achieve collective deadlines and objectives Appreciation of ccustomer service being key to our role as a proactive regulator Experience and understanding of working with hazardous substances and our classification system under the HSNO regime would be considered advantageous, as would experience in regulatory science.   What we can offer you These are a permanent role, based in our Wellington Office. The EPA values its employees, and takes pride in offering a great working environment, lots of professional development, and in supporting work-life balance. Some of the benefits of working with us include on-site weekly Maori language lessons and regular workshops to develop staff understanding and appreciation of Te Ao Māori, as well as frequent talks from fascinating external speakers. We also have a variety of staff groups, from gardening to adventure running, that cater to the diverse interests of our staff. In addition to these great benefits at work, we also offer our staff extra leave on top of the standard legislative requirements. Check out the careers section of our website for more information at   Additional information Please visit our careers site for more information, a copy of the job description or to apply for this position. For additional information please contact Nicola Hart, HR Business Partner, at      Applying for the position Click ‘Apply for this job’ now to complete your application form, a covering letter, and provide a copy of your CV. You must be eligible to work and live in New Zealand. The successful candidate will be required to undertake and pass criminal record and credit checks Applications close at 5pm, 27 January 2019 Refer to

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