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Emergency Management Advisors

About the opportunity:

The HBRC CDEM group is looking for positive-minded Emergency Management Advisors (EMA) to join our small but high-profile team of emergency management staff. This team has successfully undertaken several responses in 2020, including COVID-19 and the Napier Flooding events, and are keen to add more committed individuals to improve the resilience of Hawke's Bay to future events. The key focus of the team is to collaboratively work with other councils, partner organisations and the community to increase the regions ability to respond and recover from emergencies. We are looking to fill three advisory roles currently.  All the positions are based at our Hastings office but at times will need to travel across the region.

The Communications and Engagement role is part of the Community Engagement Team with the primary focus of working with the Group Manager/Controller to prepare and respond to public information and media before and during an emergency.  While this role will take the lead in this area, a team approach with other communications staff is required.  The role supports the Community Engagement team in providing community communications and education efforts.  There will also be ongoing opportunities within the position to develop skills in other aspects of community engagement work.

The Information and Intelligence role is part of the Operational Readiness team with the primary focus of enabling the management of information that supports our operational decision-making during an emergency response.  Before and during an emergency the role will work with emergency services and our councils to develop and deliver a system that manages the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information throughout the Hawke’s Bay CDEM Group. This role has a high focus on using Information Technology (IT) systems to support contemporary business intelligence practices and processes.

The Community Engagement role is part of the Community Engagement Team with the main purpose of implementing our Group Community Resilience Strategy through the delivery and coordination of CDEM related community engagement projects.  The role has a very strong focus on working with local communities across the Hawke’s Bay to allow them to build their resilience. The overall aim is to enable a community-led response and recovery to an emergency.  We take a collaborative approach to working with our communities, local councils and the emergency services.

About you:

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification.
  • 2-3 years’ experience working an area relevant to the role
  • Knowledge of civil defence emergency management would be an advantage 
  • Demonstrated facilitation, coordination, collaboration, and engagement skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to initiate and engage effectively at all levels, internally and externally.
  • Competency in a range of computer applications
  • A clean full driver’s licence. 

The exact role specifications can be found in the relevant job descriptions below. The salary range for suitable candidates that meet the requirements for this role will depend on the qualifications and experience. Other benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment.


The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

If this sounds like you then we are keen to hear from you. We will be interviewing suitable candidates as applications are received and may close the advertisement when we have found the right person.

Applications close 14 February 2021. 


To view a copy of the job descriptions for any of these roles please click below: 

EMA Communications and Engagement

EMA Community Engagement

EMA Information and Intelligence

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22 January 2021

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