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Media advisor – Science Media Centre

Come work where science meets the headlines

Our organisation

The Science Media Centre promotes evidence-based reporting of science-related issues facing society by helping journalists and scientists work more closely together.

We operate as an independent unit within Royal Society Te Apārangi and contribute to the Government’s “A Nation of Curious Minds – A National Strategic Plan for Science in Society” to better engage New Zealanders with science and technology.

The role reports to the Director of the Science Media Centre.

Skills and experience

We are looking for an experienced journalist or science communicator to join our small, dedicated team working to improve and expand coverage of science-related issues across all types of media in New Zealand. 

We work in a fast-paced environment, immersed in a wide range of science research and responding quickly to breaking news stories – be they emerging technologies, natural disasters or medical research discoveries. You’ll need to be able to quickly get your head around a topic and proactively identify angles and contacts that will be useful for New Zealand media.

You’ll ideally bring good networks of contacts in the New Zealand media and research sectors so you can hit the ground running. Firsthand experience of broadcast and digital media is a plus. To succeed in the role, you’ll need to be a self-starter who enjoys working collaboratively and who is able to adapt to best support the needs of journalists and scientists we work with.

Excellent writing skills are essential. Managing online content is an important part of the role – please see our websites for the types of content we produce:





Key responsibilities

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How to apply

If you think you are the right person for this job, please submit your CV and covering letter to hr@royalsociety.org.nz by 5pm Monday 9 December 2019.


For further information, please contact Dacia Herbulock on 04 499 5476