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Consents Planners


About the opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

HBRC is seeking enthusiastic and motivated consents planners to join our team on a full-time basis. These roles are at an intermediate and senior level, so you will ideally have two or more years’ experience in a similar role. Our Consents Team provide guidance and advice on resource consenting matters to stakeholders including our community, tangata whenua, resource consent applicants, resource consent holders, interested or affected parties, and to internal HBRC staff. They also play a vital part in establishing and applying procedures for receiving, processing, and managing resource consents.

Reporting to the Team Leader Consents you will be an integral member of our consents planning team, working alongside others to process resource consents. You will be a practical and solution focused individual. The role will see you assessing resource consent applications in accordance with the RMA and relevant regional plans and national policies and regulations, enabling you to make informed decisions on how to best respond and process each application. The Intermediate Consents Planner will undertake a degree of leadership within the team but still be supported and mentored by the Senior Planner and Team Leader. The Senior Consents Planner will lead projects, working closely with other members of the Consents team.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be someone who consistently produces quality work, providing effective professional input to the work of the team, while working with your colleagues to support a collaborative and innovative team culture. You will have a proactive nature and innovative way of approaching problems and finding solutions to resolve complex consenting matters.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to take the next step in their planning career, with progression opportunities within Council, and a focus on growing and developing our people. Rural consent requirements are becoming more prominent, so experience in the primary industry sector would be advantageous for either of these roles.

Alongside this, ideally you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A positive and proactive approach with a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and good relationship management skills.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC and of resource management legislation.
  • Significant experience in a same or similar role plus a formal a tertiary qualification in planning, resource management or similar.
  • Attention to detail and good time management skills
  • Knowledge in forestry, farm systems, surface and/or ground water resources would be an advantage.

If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you!

What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for the Intermediate Consents Planner role will be between $87,480 and $97,200 dependent on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. For the Senior Consents Planner role, the salary will be between $102,870 and $114,300 dependent 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 click here:

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, staff may be called upon to support during any event.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 11 November 2022.

View the job description here:

Intermediate Consents Planner

Senior Consents Planner 

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


14 October 2022

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