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Scientist - Marine and Coast

Napier coast 3 270417

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 & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


About the Opportunity:

We are looking for a Scientist – Marine and Coast to join the Environmental Science team. This team provides the scientific expertise which support the goals and objectives of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s (HBRC) Annual and Long-Term Plan, and technical support to help safeguard our marine environment for future generations.

Working in a dynamic team environment, this role is varied and motivating.   The role would suit a marine scientist who is keen to apply their skills to deliver the information needed to make good decisions for our marine and coastal area.


About you:

You will be passionate about our marine environment and looking to join a forward thinking, high delivering team.

The successful candidate will have a relevant tertiary qualification, experience in delivering science projects to meet the needs of diverse audiences and excellent analytical, report writing and project management skills.   As part of a small team with high expectations, you will need to be highly engaged, have excellent people skills and an ability to service multiple work streams across Council.

Ideally you will also have:

  • Post-graduate degree in marine science.
  • Full NZ drivers licence.
  • Suitable experience in the field of environmental science.
  • Understanding of the Resource Management Act and New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.
  • Demonstrated ability in scientific investigations, analyses, reporting and information delivery.


Experience within resource management is preferred and delivering excellent science in an engaging and clear way is essential.

Benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance, subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment.

If you think you are the right person for the role, apply today!

Please apply via SEEK

 To find out more about what we do visit:

For more information about Coastal Ecology at HBRC click here

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

To view the job description please click here

Applications close 24 February however we may be interviewing suitable candidates prior to the closing date.

3 February 2022

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