Research Assistant

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Auckland, New Zealand

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12 days ago

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation, which uses creative confrontation to protect Earth’s ability to nurture life in all its diversity. Joining Greenpeace puts you at the centre of the fight for the environment against big polluters and climate change.

Greenpeace Aotearoa is seeking a Research Assistant, on a fixed term contract until Dec 22nd, 2022 at 37.5 hours a week.


The purpose of this contract is to assist in the undertaking of hands-on qualitative research to support a new learning project for Greenpeace Aotearoa. The Green Ideas Project (GIP) is conducting a study to explore the ways in which people living in Aotearoa interpret and understand the term ‘nature’ and the concept ‘connectedness to nature’.

The study will adopt a qualitative approach, collecting data from 20 - 25 focus groups held around the country and subsequently analysed using a thematic approach. As well as collecting and analysing data from campaigning activities.

The role will require regional travel and working outside of normal working hours and on weekends, in order to support facilitation of focus groups.

The Research Assistant will:

  • Support the development of qualitative research plans to deliver on research objectives, including drafting focus group scripts and questions, open-ended survey questions, consent forms etc.

  • Undertake hands-on data collection using qualitative methods, including co-facilitating focus groups around the country (NB: regional travel and facilitation work will be required outside of working hours and in weekends)

  • Conduct thematic analysis of text and visual data, including inductive and deductive coding, developing a coding framework, and supporting interpretation of themes, directed by the Qualitative Researcher

  • Undertake logistical and organising duties to ensure the smooth running of focus groups and other qualitative data collection methods, including managing participant communications, preparing materials, booking venues etc.

  • Help to communicate findings, including drafting summaries and presenting findings to lay audiences

  • Be committed to ensuring the quality and integrity of research, including maintaining ethical research practices

The right person for this contract will have:

  • Experience in employing a qualitative research approach to explore social and cultural phenomena

  • Experience facilitating/co-facilitating focus groups or interviews (at honors or above level, or through work-experience)

  • Experience conducting thematic analysis (at honors or above level, or through work-experience)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including communicating science to a non-scientific audience

  • Comfort working in dynamic conditions, and transition easily between collaborative and self-directed individual work

They may have:

  • Post-graduate qualification in behavioural sciences

  • Experience reviewing and synthesising academic and grey literature

  • Knowledge of the qualitative analysis tool NVivo

  • Knowledge of online survey platforms such as Qualtrics

Note: This role will require domestic travel, and weekend/ out of office hours work.

You must hold an existing New Zealand work permit to be considered for this role.

Full Job Description can be found here

Our salaries are competitive within the Not-for-Profit sector. The range for this role is $60,000 - $65,000.

Greenpeace Aotearoa is not your average equal opportunity employer. We commit to engaging in courageous conversations and promoting diversity to bring an environment that is dynamic, open, and welcomes all creativity. We are a diverse team united by our goals, and you could be the next person to join in our commitment to protect our environment for generations to come.