Senior Exploration Geologist (Petroleum) - Energy and Resource Markets

Posted on 14-Mar-2018
Application Close Date: 28-Mar-2018
Job Details
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
Job Reference:
Share This Job:
  • Petroleum Geologist role within New Zealand government
  • Use your experience in petroleum geology to help manage new and existing exploration and mining permits
  • Help shape New Zealand's petroleum sector
  • Wellington based


Why work for us?

This is a great opportunity to use your petroleum sector experience to influence work programmes that create value for New Zealand and enhance New Zealand's petroleum sector.  You will have the opportunity learn about the mechanics of government while developing a unique and invaluable understanding of New Zealand's petroleum sector. 


About the role.

You will play an influential role in the team responsible for ensuring petroleum resources are allocated efficiently and managed in a way that maximises value for New Zealand.  

You will provide operational leadership, overseeing the evaluation of activities associated with petroleum exploration and mining permits and applications for a range of activities such as allocation, work programme changes, transfers of ownership, and general compliance management.  In addition you will use your sector experience to advise policy teams on strategic options to improve the upstream petroleum sector in New Zealand. 

This is a fulltime role within the Petroleum Team in the Energy and Resources Branch at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE).


Skills and experience required:

  • Petroleum exploration or production geology
  • Capability to help New Zealand's petroleum sector succeed and grow 
  • Proven technical, commercial and/or regulatory experience in the upstream petroleum sector
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated planning, project management and analytical skills
  • Ability to build constructive working relationships across government and industry
  • Demonstrated ability to work across multidisciplinary teams e.g. technical, commercial, legal, policy and external stakeholders   
  • Ability to work on a range of complex/ambiguous technical, commercial, regulatory issues in pursuit of positive long-term outcomes
  • Willingness to upskill/mentor junior team members
  • Must have legal right to live and work in NZ


About MBIE:

The purpose of MBIE is to Grow New Zealand for All.  Our goal is to create a strong and high-performing economy by creating an environment that supports businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive.


How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter.

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Peter van de Merwe at quoting ref MBIE/1324666 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 28 March 2018.