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Senior Environmental Officer -Rural Compliance

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About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

The HBRC Compliance team actively promotes, monitors and investigates compliance with the RMA and associated regulations and takes appropriate action when required. The team has the capability to lead and supervise enforcement investigations and prepare and present expert evidence in the Environment Court. A key function of this team is on providing guidance, education and advice on compliance matters to our stakeholders, including the community, tangata whenua, resource consent holders, around the sustainable use of natural resources and regulatory compliance.

This fulltime, permanent role sits within our Rural Compliance team and offers a diverse and interesting portfolio of work. The rural team primarily focuses on water takes, discharges of wastewater, civil works, forestry and production land use within our region. Alongside this, the team is involved in implementing the National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES-F) 2020.

As a Senior in the team, you will  take responsibility for actively coordinating and manage complex resource management issues, consent monitoring, and Farm Environment Management Plans. The role will support with the implementation of Catchment Management Plan changes (Tukituki and TANK), primarily through the monitoring of land use consents, but also importantly, through education and engagement with catchment communities. This will involve the coordination of work outputs from a range of HBRC staff and external experts, as well as ensuring that those outputs are fit for purpose for the compliance monitoring process. You will be a passionate team player willing to support and mentor others, helping to peer review reports, provide guidance and contribute to a positive team culture.

 Please note, there is a requirement for you to be part of our after-hours on call response roster.


 About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

The ideal person will have a strong commitment to their team alongside fantastic written and verbal communication skills. You will endeavour to ensure positive interactions, cooperation and collaboration is achieved as part of your everyday work with both internal and external stakeholders. You will have an understanding of the environmental issues affecting the Hawke’s Bay region and a proven ability to effectively deal with conflict. Relevant experience in resource management, wastewater, farming systems, forestry, irrigation or a related field would be advantageous.

Ideally you will also demonstrate:

  • A Tertiary qualification in Resource Management, Science, Agriculture or a related discipline.
  • Successful completion of intermediate and advanced certificate courses in Sustainable Nutrient Management in New Zealand Agriculture is desirable
  • Detailed knowledge, experience, or qualifications in at least one of the following: farming operations and systems including intensive winter grazing, farm environmental management plans and dairy farm wastewater treatment and disposal.
  • Proven experience in resource consent monitoring and managing complex resource management issues and processes.
  • An ability to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships within the regulatory sphere, including community engagement
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $87,480 to $97,200 and 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 16 January 2023

To view the job description please click here.

 Please apply via  Seek.

We are going to contact the candidates after 16 January.

About us | E pā ki a mātou:

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.


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. 


23 December 2022

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