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Civil Defense Emergency Management Advisor - Community Engagement

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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:

The HBRC CDEM group is looking for a positive-minded Emergency Management Advisor (EMA) to join our small but high-profile team of emergency management staff.  The CDEM group work collaboratively with other councils, partner organisations and the community to increase community resilience in the Hawke’s Bay and develop our capacity to respond and recover from emergencies. 

The EMA Community Engagement role is part of our Community Engagement team who focus on the implementation of our Community Resilience Strategy. In this role you will work community groups and residents in Napier and the surrounding areas to improve our collective understanding of emergency risks. You will also support the development of community resilience plans and contribute to the coordination and delivery of vital projects, such as education programmes and installation of tsunami signage.

This position is based at our Hastings office but will spend two days a week in Napier and at times will need to travel across the region.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be a persuasive and engaging person with a strong sense of community and a genuine passion for people. You will be able to work with our diverse range of stakeholders including direct engagement with our communities and the ability to liaise and build effective relationships quickly. Planning and coordination are key to this role, and you will need to be able to use your communication skills to educate different community groups about ongoing projects that contribute to their overall resilience. 

Ideally you will also have:

  • A recognised tertiary qualification (Level 5 or above) and/or significant relevant experience in community development/planning or building community resilience.
  • Practical knowledge of preparing and delivering community resilience or development strategies and projects.
  • Experience in civil defense emergency management or related field would be of advantage but is not essential.
  • Experience in project and/or programme management.
  • Experience in workshop facilitation and/or teaching.
  • Experience working in teams and an ability to communicate effectively with everyone, and
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of emergency management. 


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $80,280 to $89,200 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 Defense emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 19 May 2023.

To view the job description please visit our website here.

You can apply through Seek or by sending your CV and cover letter directly to

Please note that we will be reviewing and shortlisting applicants as they come in. We encourage early applications as we may withdraw the advertising at any time.


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. 

27 April 2023

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