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Manager Catchment Operations

Atea a Rangi Star Compass at Waitangi on coast

About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to take the next step in their career, leaving a legacy for our environment and committing to come on a journey with HBRC as we strive to go from good to great. We need an outstanding people leader to be the champion of our newly created Catchment Operations section. This is a blank page for you to develop a multi-disciplinary team of talent individuals, supported by the Group Manager Integrated Catchment Management (ICM).

The Catchment Operations section has been created to empower Council to succeed on our journey of growth and development. This vital function will work to enhance our biodiversity ambitions, while continuing to progress and nurture our work with rural communities, primarily focused around protecting and enhancing our vulnerable soils.

We have much to deliver for Council to achieve its ambitions for our biodiversity, biosecurity and sustainable land management functions. Healthy, functional and climate-resilient biodiversity, alongside smart, sustainable land use are two important pillars of Councils’ strategic plan that this section will play a critical role in delivering.  Support us to deliver on these objectives, while gaining the benefits living in a highly desirable location with a Mediterranean climate, great schools, excellent health facilities, and awesome wineries and restaurants.  We also have an amazing environment with beautiful beaches, an abundance of rivers and lakes with public forest parks at our doorstep. 


 About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

We are looking for a people influencer who can think strategically while inspiring and motivating a highly competent team of practitioners. We need someone who can bring others along on the journey with us, inspiring people to get on board and building an understanding of the value of the work we are doing. You will have an empathetic approach to leadership that is highly collaborative, building successful relationships both within the business and with our external partners and stakeholders.  You will understand and be comfortable working in an organisation that values tikanga Māori and you will bring an understanding of te ao Māori to your work.  Working in a political environment will be something that you are comfortable and capable of. 

While we will place a great deal of emphasis on your people skills, ideally you will also bring an understanding of the technical aspects of biodiversity/biosecurity work alongside traditional soil conservation management. Experience in a senior leadership role is a must have, demonstrating your ability to grow and develop high performing teams and that you have an eye for developing talent. You will be an adept problem solver and be very comfortable with ambiguity, willing to embrace change but equally be able to clearly articulate a vision to your team and collectively strive for outcomes.

Most importantly you will be able to let people see that you are approachable and warm, willing to have a laugh and not take yourself too seriously.  You will enjoy working with people who have found a good work/life balance and actively promote this balanced approach for others.

Ideally you will also have:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management related role and a demonstrated knowledge of contract and staff management.
  • A tertiary qualification in ecology, conservation, sciences, parks & recreation management, environmental management or similar.
  • A demonstrated working knowledge of HSE, Biosecurity, HSNO and other relevant legislation.
  • Strong operational project management experience.
  • Environmental field experience, and a demonstrated understanding of HSE relevant to field work.
  • An understanding or interest in primary industries, farm management, and the importance of biosecurity.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to build and maintain successful relationships and experience working productively with people from a range of backgrounds.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role will be between $130,000 and $145,000 per annum, however compensation 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. To see a full list of our benefits please visit our website:

We value diversity and as such we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status although applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand. HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 17 October 2022 but we will be contacting suitable candidates as we go and may close this earlier. APPLY VIA SEEK

To view the job description here

3 October 2022

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