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Catchment Management Lead - Northern Region


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 passionate land management professional to lead a small team of enthusiastic catchment advisors based in Wairoa.  This team is responsible for engaging with landowners and the wider community to promote and facilitate sustainable land use and practices across a broad range of activities with a particular focus on erosion control.

Wairoa is a warm, friendly, and hospitable town in Northern Hawke’s Bay, 1.5 hours’ drive from Napier.  It is the gateway to Mahia Peninsula and Lake Waikaremoana, offering a wide range of outdoor pursuits and gorgeous scenery.


About you:

You will have proven experience in a leadership role along with a relevant tertiary qualification and/or relevant experience. An affinity with rural communities and understanding of issues affecting the primary industry is essential.

A sound knowledge of land-based farming systems, soil erosion processes, soil and nutrient management, and natural resource management will enable you to work collaboratively with our community, helping landowners to understand and adopt industry best practice.

Ideally you will also have:

  • 5+ years’ experience in sustainable land management
  • Understanding of farming systems and rural issues
  • Understanding of economic and financial issues within the land-based business sectors
  • A knowledge of existing and pending national freshwater policy affecting farming systems
  • A collaborative working style with strong communication skills


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.


Take a look at Behind the Scenery at HBRC here

For more information about Managing Erosion on Farms click here 

To hear what farmers have to say about the Erosion Control Scheme click here and here


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

If you are successful in your application, in order to enter our Hawke’s Bay Regional Council facilities, you will be required to confirm you are fully vaccinated.

To view the job description please click here

Please apply via SEEK

Applications close 20 March 2022, however we will be interviewing suitable candidates as they apply so don't delay, apply today!

18 February 2022

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