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Catchment Advisor - HCE Gisborne

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:

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council are looking for a suitably qualified and experienced candidate to join our Catchment Team. Our Catchment Advisors are based across the Hawke’s Bay region from Wairoa to Waipawa, and regularly engage with the community and landowners to promote sustainable land use practices across a broad range of activities.

 This is a four-year fixed term opportunity based in Gisborne with a focus on Hill Country Erosion. Our Hill Country Erosion Fund looks to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality through the reduction of sedimentation into waterways, improve terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity through habitat protection and creation, and provide community and cultural benefits through forest ecosystem services.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

We need a motivated and enthusiastic person who can hit the ground running in this busy and dynamic role! Someone who is solution focussed, who is familiar with primary sector activities and understands natural resource management. You will need to be an independent worker who can prioritise and take initiative under the guidance of your team leader.

The successful candidate will have a relevant tertiary qualification or significant relevant experience, a strong affinity with landowners, the rural sector and a good understanding of primary industry issues. Your strong knowledge of land based farming systems, the Resource Management Act, soil and nutrient management will enable you to work collaboratively with the community to educate and ensure landowners understand industry best practice.


You will also have:

  • A strong understanding of soil and nutrient sources and losses within farming systems
  • Understanding of the challenges faced for long-term sustainability outcomes in the landscape, including financial and social challenges
  • Sound understanding of tikanga Māori and Māori values
  • An engaging style and ability to communicate with and work with people from a range of backgrounds
  • Professional and personal integrity
  • Ability to prioritise and work independently


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $74,340- $82,600 and depends on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Other benefits of working for our team include a supportive and encouraging working environment, flu vaccinations, and 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:


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

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

 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.

 View the job description here.

 Please apply via Seek.

Applications close 11 June 2023 but we may interview candidates as they apply and close this advert earlier should a suitable person be found. So, we encourage you to apply today!


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. 

12 May 2023

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