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Intermediate Consents Planner

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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:

HBRC is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Intermediate Consents Planner to join our team on a full time basis. Our Consents team play a vital part in establishing and applying procedures for receiving, processing, and managing resource consents. They also provide guidance and advice on resource consenting matters to stakeholders including our community, tangata whenua, resource consent applicants, resource consent holders, interested or affected parties, and to internal HBRC staff.

Reporting to the Team Leader Consents, you will be an integral member of our team, working alongside others to process resource consents. You will be a practical and solution focused individual. The role will see you assessing resource consent applications in accordance with the RMA and relevant regional plans and national policies and regulations, enabling you to make informed decisions on how to best respond and process each application. The Intermediate Consents Planner will have the opportunity to undertake a degree of leadership within the team but still be supported and mentored by the Senior Planners and Team Leaders so this is a great step for the right person!


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be someone who consistently produces quality work,  providing effective professional input to the work of the team while working with your colleagues to support a collaborative and innovative team culture. You will have a proactive nature and solutions focused approach to problems that arise, effectively resolving complex consenting matters. You will have great communication skills and be able to distil complexity into clear and accurate reports.

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to take the next step in their planning career, with progression opportunities within Council, and a focus on growing and developing our people. Rural consent requirements are becoming more prominent, so experience in the primary industry sector would be advantageous. You will ideally have three or more years’ experience in a similar role.

Alongside this, ideally you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A positive and proactive approach with a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and good relationship management skills.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC and of resource management legislation.
  • Significant experience in a same or similar role plus a formal a tertiary qualification in planning,  resource management or similar.
  • Attention to detail and good time management skills
  • Knowledge in forestry, farm systems, surface and/or ground water resources would be an advantage.

If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you!

What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for the Intermediate Consents Planner role will be between $87,480 and $97,200 dependent 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, staff may be called upon to support during any event.

How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 5 July 2023.

To view the job description please click here.

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

Please apply via Seek.


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. 

8 June 2023

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