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Environmental Education Community Facilitator

School visit to Guthrie Smith environmental education centre

Te Whakapakari Tahi I Tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.

We focus on prioritising:

Te kounga o te wai, te haumarutanga me te mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi o te whakamarutanga | Water quality, safety and climate-resilient security.  

Kia koi, kia toitū hoki te whakamahinga o te whenua | Climate-smart and sustainable land use. 

Kia ora, kia āhei, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki te rerenga rauropi | Healthy, functioning and climate-resilient biodiversity. 

Kia toitū, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki ngā ratonga me ngā hanganga ā-whare | Sustainable and climate-resilient services and infrastructure. 


At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to 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 organisation is diverse and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units: Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy and Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


About the Opportunity:

We are looking for an Environmental Education Community Facilitator to join the Communications and Engagement team.  This newly created role supports the delivery of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Education Strategy in schools and in a wider context contributes to the goal “Taking action for Climate Change through behaviours and actions leading to positive environmental change”.

As part of the Environmental Education team, the position works mainly with secondary schools across the region to provide educational resources to schools and students on Climate Action initiatives, along with teacher support and learning opportunities.


About you:

You will ideally have a teaching qualification and a familiarity with school systems including knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum and be able to offer practical support to schools on their sustainability journey. You’ll have a natural and inclusive style of working that brings people together and is empowering, including the ability to make connections and build relationships in the local community.

Successful candidates will also demonstrate:

  • A personal connection and a commitment to sustainable living
  • An interest in bringing environmental change to communities
  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • An appreciation of Te Ao Māori and the contribution Māori perspectives and wisdoms bring to sustainability along with good te reo Māori pronunciation
  • Valid full drivers license


Please note, as per the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 this role requires full vaccination in addition to Police screening under the Vulnerable Children Act.

The salary range for this role is $60,000 - $70,000 depending on skills and experience.

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

To view the job description please visit our website here


Applications close 19 January 2022 however we may commence interviews prior to the closing date.

21 December 2021

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