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Open Spaces Officer

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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:

We have an exciting opportunity for an Open Spaces Officer to join our Operations team, based at Guppy Road, Taradale. This Group is responsible looking after a diverse portfolio of work flood scheme operations and maintenance of the regional park network, of which you will form a vital part. Reporting to the Senior Open Space Officer, you will play an important public-facing role that ensures our regional assets are well monitored, maintained and safe for public use, working primarily in our Open Space portfolio. The role will see you assisting in the management, development and delivery of our regional parks, urban stream enhancement projects, plus river ecological management and enhancement. This is a permanent, full-time role. Please note, there will be a requirement to be part of an on-call roster which includes weekends and public holidays.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be someone who consistently produces high-quality work while also enjoying being an active member of a multidisciplinary team. You will ensure that regional parks and urban streams are effectively managed, monitored, well maintained, well utilised, and appropriate documentation is completed. You will also make sure that the annual work programmes and management contracts are prepared and delivered on time and within budget. To achieve all of this you will need to be organised, logical and confident in your approach to workflow planning. Success in the role will result in positive future outcomes for the regions’ open spaces and wider community which you can take great pride in being a part of.


Ideally you will also have:

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification in an open space, environmental or engineering field
  • Minimum of two years of experience in a similar role and/or relevant industry
  • Sound understanding of management practice and issues associated with open space service delivery
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both on a one-to-one basis and with groups, including fellow professionals and members of the public
  • Sound knowledge of Hawkes’ Bay waterways, landscape values, ecosystems and cultural value
  • Valid driver's licence


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $76,230 to $84,700 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
  • Additional week of annual leave after 3 years’ service
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives.
  • Flexible working and working from home options
  • HBRC has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a 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. HBRC is an Accredited Employer with Immigration 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.

 To view the job description please click here.

 Applications close  15 September.

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. 

16 August 2023

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