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Working with us

Working for us means you get to work for the good of the environment in the company of a diverse range of highly-skilled specialists who achieve tremendous satisfaction from their work. At Hawke's Bay Regional Council there are more benefits to work than just a salary.

Working with us

There aren’t many employers who offer career and lifestyle in a single package, but we're proudly one of them. We offer a wide variety of job opportunities, with lifestyle benefits and a values-driven culture.

We are committed to helping our people to truly be their best. We work hard to develop and nurture our people and ensure everyone has the opportunity to be successful.

Meaningful work... do what you love

Our people do some pretty extraordinary things in their day-to-day work. You'll be developing your career with other professionals who are passionate about making a difference in our community, and all working towards the same vision - a great local environment.

Whoever you are, whatever your skills, if you share in our values of partnership and collaboration, accountability, transparency and excellence then there may be an opportunity for you!

What do we do?

We work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our vision is for a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community – we invite you to join us to be part of this vision.

What's in it for you? 

We pride ourselves on paying the market rate to our super talented staff.  We want to retain those we are lucky enough to have and entice those who can help us be even better.

We also want you to feel welcome and valued. That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive range of benefits focused on our employees lifestyle, health, safety and wellbeing.

Financial Benefits

  • Salary rates that are benchmarked annually.
  • KiwiSaver paid as an addition to normal salary, and increases to 4% employer contribution (on a dollar-for-dollar basis) after 3 years continuous service
  • Additional week of annual leave after 3 years continuous service.
  • Long service leave after fifteen years continuous service.
  • Ten days sick leave from the first day of employment.
  • Manaakitanga leave – additional paid leave on top of standard parental leave entitlements for both primary caregivers and partners
  • Accident, injury, disability and life insurance cover.
  • Income protection insurance
  • Subsidised bus travel.

Non-financial benefits and support

  • Flexible working in most parts of the business to enable work-life balance.
  • Engagement surveys which check in with staff regularly to find out how we’re doing, and which lead to action plans to support our organisation to be its best.
  • Social club with regular events.
  • Staff support group
  • Paid leave for community service/volunteering days.
  • Sport sponsorships

Learning and development

  • Leadership development programme for Managers.
  • Quarterly Leaders Forums
  • Summer student placement recruitment programme.
  • Comprehensive staff induction programme for all new starters.
  • Study leave.


  • Contributions towards skin checks, general health checks and eye exams and lenses.
  • Free, annual flu vaccines for those who would like them.
  • Employee assistance programme to help people deal with stress or pressures from any source of their lives.
  • Workplace Immunisations (job specific)

Our staff in action

Watch some of our staff in action in these videos.

What are our values


Our behaviours

Having a great culture is at the heart of our organisation.  Certain behaviours and values contribute to a great culture. We actively promote the kind of behaviour we want to see through our #LOVEHBRC campaign, showcasing some of our people and the great things they are doing. We believe the way we behave here at HBRC is just as important as the work we do.


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