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Catchment Management Lead - Operations Support


Te Whakapakari Tahi I Tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.


About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

We are looking for an experienced people leader to join our newly formed Operations Support team. This team works closely with the broader Catchment Operations section who oversee and coordinate Council’s catchment management, biosecurity, and biodiversity functions.

In this role you will be a crucial driver of continuous improvement initiatives. You will use your proven skills, knowledge and experience in both change and project management to liaise with the teams within the section and ensure solutions are implemented appropriately, and that ongoing system administration and support are provided effectively. 

You will lead a positive and high-performing team to ensure the objectives of the section are supported and achieved.

The key deliverables for this role will include:

  • The development of an Operations Support annual work programme.
  • Establishing positive relationships with each of the team leaders to discover their business needs.
  • Actively collaborating with team leaders to effectively drive integrated approaches to Biodiversity, Biosecurity and Catchment Management.
  • Providing input into discussions about programme and system improvements, implementation of new initiatives or approaches to work, and solutions to current and/or anticipated issues.
  • The creation and delivery of engaging workshops with a focus on our ongoing Hill Country Erosion project.
  • Providing development opportunities to staff by identifying skill gaps and developing appropriate actions to build knowledge and competency in the desired areas. 
  • Guiding your team and providing supporting and mentoring to ensure objectives are met, clear direction set, and adequate resourcing is provided.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

This role will suit someone who is passionate about leading a team to deliver work to a high standard and is invested in the future of business systems and processes to support he integral environmental work of the Catchment Operations section.

You will have proven people management experience and be a subject matter expert in business improvement with a focus on technology and the efficiencies it can provide. The successful candidate will ideally also have experience working in or reporting to local or central government.

It is imperative that you have excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to navigate conversations with a range of stakeholders. 

Ideally you will also have:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification. 
  • An understanding of business processes, systems, and administration methodologies.
  • Analytical proficiency.
  • Experience in customer service, proving your ability to maintain a positive, empathetic, and professional attitude towards others at all times.
  • Knowledge of financial reporting systems and requirements.
  • Collaborative work practices to build strong working relationships.
  • The ability to be innovative in your approach to problem-solving.
  • An understanding of tikanga Māori and Māori values and an appreciation as to how they relate to Regional Council functions and plan and policy development, and
  • 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 $87,200 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:

Please apply by sending your CV and cover letter to or by applying directly through Seek.

Applications close 23 February 2023.

To view the job description please visit our website here.


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. 

24 January 2023

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