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Manager Science

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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 seeking a Manager Science, a highly significant and influential senior leadership role within Council.  The person in this role is often the public ‘face’ of Science ensuring a high standard of science communication occurs both within and outside the organisation.

The Manager Science heads up the Environmental Science Section within our Integrated Catchment Management Group. The Science Section provides the scientific expertise enabling the achievement of goals and objectives of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s (HBRC) Annual and Long-Term Plan, involving the design and execution of a variety of scientific and environmental investigations and studies, analysis of data, interpretation of results and the provision of verbal advice and a range of written reports, including State of the Environment reports to our stakeholders.   The position is also an important contributor to the input of HBRC’s policy development, planning and regulatory activities ensuring we meet our key objectives.

The successful candidate will get to enjoy the fabulous living that Te Matau a Māui/Hawke’s Bay offers.  A Mediterranean climate, great beaches/rivers and lakes, awesome wineries, great schools and excellent community facilities make the province a truly desirable place to live.


About you:

You will be a motivated and empathetic, high performing leader who loves science.  You are accustomed to thinking strategically and be comfortable ‘not in the detail’ along with having an ‘eye for the future’.  You’ll be known for your ability to maintain composure when working at pace and under pressure and you’ll be are comfortable with ambiguity and able to facilitate groups of people with different agendas with ease.

You will have a relevant tertiary qualification, a sound understanding of regional councils and policy making and be up to speed with environmental research, investigation and monitoring processes.

Ideally you will also have:

  • A track record of exemplary leadership and building high performing teams with diverse backgrounds and capabilities
  • A background in science or working a science led industry who understands systems thinking
  • A track record in leading the strategic and tactical work of a section including business planning, financial and contract management, and people management
  • A passion for science and the role of science to inform policy making
  • A collaborative approach to your work and an understanding of
  • A desire to develop and drive Te Ao Māori and Matauranga Māori into the work of the section and to support building the cultural capacity of your staff


The salary range for this role 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, 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.

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 visit our website here

Please apply via SEEK

Applications close on 7 April, however we will be contacting suitable candidates prior to the closing date, so don't delay, apply today.  

8 March 2022

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