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Catchment Advisor


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 a passionate and motivated individual to join our Southern Catchment Management team, based in Waipawa. This team works with landowners in Central and Southern Hawkes Bay supporting sustainable land management and environmental best practice.

The Southern Catchment Management team sits as part of the wider Catchment Operations section, who oversee and coordinate the Regional Council’s catchment management, biosecurity, and biodiversity functions.

You will play an important role in helping our landowners meet their environmental challenges through collaborative engagement, connecting them with the necessary information, resources opportunities and solutions. 


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be passionate about land sustainability and motivated toward having a positive impact on rural landscapes and their communities.

Our ideal candidate will have a relevant tertiary qualification, an affinity with rural communities, and a good understanding of primary sector issues. Your knowledge of natural resource management and land-based farming systems, will enable you to work collaboratively, raising the understanding of environmental issues and uptake of industry best practice. 

Ideally you will also have:

  • Strong observational and analytical skills. 
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Competency (and ideally certification) with one or more modes of on-farm transport (i.e., quad bike, side by side, motorbike).
  • Consider yourself competent in the use of mapping software or be excited about the prospect of learning.
  • Have a clean and full driver’s licence. 
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC. 

Join us and 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.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $74,340 to $82,600 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:

Follow the link and apply through Seek or send your CV and cover letter directly to us at 

Applications close 5 March 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. 

3 February 2023

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