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The Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group is a shared service arrangement between the five Hawke’s Bay Councils, responsible for ensuring partners can effectively coordinate a response to any civil defence emergency.  We work closely with our communities and a wide range of agencies to improve Hawke's Bays’ resilience to emergencies through a proactive approach to community engagement and education.

The HBCDEM Group is also the administering authority for multi-agency education project known as East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary) which aims to make accessible cutting-edge research readily available to increase understanding and resilience to East Coast plate boundary hazards.


About the opportunity:

Do you have the skills to coordinate a unique project that has a profound impact on the resilience of east coast communities when a natural event happens?

East Coast Life at the Boundary (ECLAB) is a multi-agency education project covering the east coast of the north island and focused on building community resilience by communicating a better understanding of the east coast plate boundary hazards.

We are looking for a positive energetic individual with proven leadership experience, a passion for science education and a desire to build community resilience.  As project leader for East Coast LAB, you drive the management of East Coast LAB to ensure project partners achieve project objectives, to build both community and organisational resilience across the East Coast of the North Island.

You will need to be comfortable leading and developing a diverse group who are actively working in hazard research or education and/or in the community to promote resilience to emergency events.  Some experience in emergency response work would be beneficial but is not essential in this role.  A primary focus of the role will be translating and communicating information from diverse science disciplines to a wide audience and communicate in a way to empower communities to reduce risks.   You will be someone with a collaborative, team approach who can build relationships with people at all levels to boost engagement and active participation.


About you:

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A qualification in a relevant discipline is desirable, such as social science, human geography, or natural hazard/geological related qualifications.
  • A high level of project management skills, and experience with meeting project deadlines
  • At least 3 years relevant experience working with stakeholders, community groups and iwi.
  • Experience in coordinating various natural resource science disciplines and articulating the information or good science literacy.  Also understanding the importance of risk communication.
  • Te reo and tikanga Maori knowledge would be of advantage
  • A positive, energetic person with ‘can-do’ attitude and an ability to work with a range of groups and individuals, and to co-ordinate a range of tasks.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills with the ability to tailor your style to a particular audience.
  • A current NZ Drivers Licence as the position involves travelling across the East Coast associated with the role.


The salary range for this role is between $82,000 to $92,000 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. 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.

All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

To view the job description please click HERE

This is a permanent, fulltime position. Applications close 22nd July 2021 however we may interview suitable candidates throughout the process and close the listing early if we find the right person for the role.


2 July 2021

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