Senior Marine Geospatial Data Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Applications have closed.

Website Land Information New Zealand

  • Work with partners to promote reuse of marine geospatial information
  • Provide technical leadership in best practice marine geospatial data management and accessibility
  • Shape the direction of the role


At Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), we underpin New Zealand’s success with information about ‘where’ – that is, location information. From the best way to develop farm land, build a new suburb, manage a high country farm or navigate on land or at sea, our work and location information help people make better decisions and create economic, social, environmental and cultural value for New Zealand.

Location Information contributes to the LINZ goal of an increase in the value of geographic information by developing and managing new and existing data about our land and seas. These are released online, through the LINZ Data Service, for others to use and reuse. Using this data, we provide products and services (maps, charts and the geospatial reference system) to support critical national functions, such as emergency services responses and maritime safety.

The Senior Marine Geospatial Data Specialist role sits within The New Zealand Hydrographic Authority (NZHA), within Location Information in LINZ.  We are responsible for the provision of navigational safety information under international Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) conventions. However we realise our role needs to expand. Key decision-makers around the world have an increasing need to access marine geospatial information to tackle environmental issues such as climate change, resilience and the sustainability of ocean resources.

To get marine information working for New Zealand and New Zealanders, the first challenge for government agencies is to make their information publically available so it can be re-used by anyone – from people working in the maritime industry to digital innovators.

It is an exciting time in our team, if you enjoy working in unchartered waters this role will be of great appeal since you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of the role.

We are looking for someone who has a strong collaborative style, since this role will work with other organisations.  It is also important that you are action oriented, so you won’t hold back when it comes to rolling up your sleeves to deliver results as a team.


Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in the Geospatial Sciences, Marine Science or Information Technology
  • Effective stakeholder engagement experience and have provided technical advice at different levels
  • Shown experience analysing, processing and maintaining marine geospatial data, along with practical GIS application and experience using scripting languages
  • Knowledge of national and international marine geospatial data standards, and experience applying metadata standards, ANZLIC and ISO would be advantageous.
  • An awareness of emerging trends and developments relating to geospatial information and OGC web services


Click on the ‘Apply online’ button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view the position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter.  We are looking for evidence of how you meet each of the key selection criteria.

For further information on this role please contact Rachel Gabara on

Applications close at 5.00pm on Sunday 13 May 2018.