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Te Whare Wananga o Otago


JOB TITLE: Community Engagement Coordinator (NZ Marine Studies Centre)

DEPARTMENT: Marine Science
DIVISION: Sciences


To manage the community engagement programme for the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (Department
of Marine Science) in a safe and efficient manner.


 Manage the community events programme and associated staff resources.

 Actively promote the facility and services offered to educational and community groups.
 Oversee facility bookings and ensure that a quality experience is delivered to all visitors.
 Monitor safety of all activities associated with the NZ Marine Studies Centre.
 Assist with development of educational resources.
 Design and lead education experiences for the wider community.


Programme Development and Delivery

 Update and further develop the NZMSC community engagement programmes.
 Manage the NZMSC Fishy Web Cam Project.
 Support the Marine Metre Squared National Citizen Science project.
 Direct and help put together community events associate with Seaweek, Science Festival, Wild Dunedin,
Conservation Week, public lectures, short courses etc.
 Lead community programmes and support the school education programmes as required.
 Communicate the activities of the NZ Marine Studies Centre and the Department of Marine Science
Department to the University.
 Assist with wider University of Otago outreach activities as required.
 Forward planning and timetabling of the community engagement activities of the NZMSC.
 Manage facility and programme bookings and user fees.
 Answer inquiries about the facilities and the services offered.
 Write stories, deliver presentations and engage directly with stakeholders to support development of
collaborative programmes.
 Coordinate marketing activities for NZMSC programmes (eg education, Mm2, public events) on a local,
national and international level as required, in consultation with Marketing Advisory Services.
 Manage and organise updates of the web site and social media.
 Assist with the writing of educational resources.
 Assist with evaluation of community events / programmes.
 Assist with the writing of funding proposals.
 Assist with reception duties as required.

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Staff Co-ordination
 Co-ordinate variable hour staff rosters and review performance.
 Co-ordinate variable hour staff contracts and monthly time-sheets.
 Organise staff training and development activities for NZ Marine Studies Centre staff.

Health and Safety

 Ensure safety of visitors to the NZ Marine Studies Centre under statutory obligations and departmental
codes of practice.
 Keep up to date with current Health and Safety Practices.


Directly responsible to: NZMSC Director.

Overall responsible to: Head of Department, Marine Science.
Supervision of: Variable hours Aquarists/Interpreters.
Functional relationships with: New Zealand Marine Studies Centre staff.
Department of Marine Science staff and students.
External users of the NZ Marine Studies Centre.


 Discretionary spending of up to $500.


It is expected the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre will operate in an efficient and safe manner and the
performance targets as outlined in the management plan will be met.


 Experience with community engaged learning and teaching.

 Well organised and excellent time management skills.
 Excellent communicator (oral and written).
 Familiarity with marine science and NZ coastal habitats would be an advantage.
 Experience with community events.
 Experience with staff supervision.
 Computer skills (MS office, graphics and web packages useful).
 Degree in Science, Humanities, Commerce or the equivalent would be an advantage.
 Guiding/interpretation/ teaching experience would be useful.
 Hold a current NZ Driver’s license (essential).

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