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Current Vacancies at Otago University

Follow this link to see what current vacancies exist at Otago University. Note that at any particular moment in time there may or may not be a vacancy specifically in Marine Science.

PhD Level Positions in Ecology Programme

We are pleased to announce the opportunity for up to three PhD level positions for start date of July 1st 2016 continuing through 2020 in the Departments of Marine Science and Chemistry at University of Otago, New Zealand. Project leaders for these studies are Drs Stephen Wing and Federico Baltar (Marine Science Department) Russell Frew, Kim Hageman and Rob Middag (Department of Chemistry). For more details download this pdf

Employment Opportunities for Marine Science Students

The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre is always on the look-out for keen Marine Science postgraduate students to join the education programme as Mentors. Occasionally there are vacancies for part-time marine interpreters and aquarists. Because of the level of training involved a high level of commitment and availability is expected. Please contact the NZMSC Director, Sally Carson (, if you are interested.

Showcase Your Research

Outreach is an important part of being a Marine Scientist – what is the point of your research if you don’t tell people about it? At the NZMSC there are opportunities for students and researchers to talk about their work, mount an exhibition or have a research poster on display. Please contact the NZMSC Director, Sally Carson (, if you are interested.

Citizen Scientists Required!

Find out what lives between the tides at your local shore! Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) is a citizen science project that anyone can help with. Participate and contribute to the Mm2 project by monitoring a 1m x 1m square patch of your local shore once every season. All you need to do is count the animals and plans you find and record them on a data sheet that can be downloaded from our website. This is the perfect project for students, community groups, families, school groups - anyone looking for ways to engage with and improve their local environment. See for details and to join.

Teacher Professional Development

The New Zealand Marine Studies Centre runs workshops for teachers, and welcomes teacher participation in its school programmes. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the NZMSC Director, Sally Carson (

The Centre has regularly hosts Royal Society Teacher Fellows. The Fellowship Scheme, funded by the Government and administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand, offers primary, intermediate and secondary teachers the opportunity to improve their teaching through working in New Zealand based host organisations for 2 terms. To find out more about what is involved and projects previous Fellows have worked on, see: If you would like to discuss the possibility of being hosted at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, please contact Director, Sally Carson (

Volunteer Opportunities at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

From time to time opportunities arise at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre for volunteers to help with general animal husbandry and communication work or to take on specific projects. In order to keep a Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium going many different skills are required and you may be surprised to find out ways you can help us!

Please note that:
- Volunteer positions are unpaid.
- Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.
- Volunteers must commit to at least four weeks full time or three months if working one day a week.

For further information see

Opportunities for University of Otago students to get involved

In addition to the suggestions listed above for getting your feet wet and mind salty, there are other ways that students studying at the University of Otago can get involved in community engaged teaching and learning.  For example you might mentor a student through a school science fair project, or help out at the International Science Festival.  A benefit of such activities is that you can log your hours and get recognition in the form of an Outreach Certificate from the University. 

Download information about how to get involved in community engaged teaching and learning.