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Catchment Management Lead - Central

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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 seek an experienced people manager to lead a high-performing team to deliver Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s catchment management objectives. The Catchment Management Lead will join the Central team, based in Napier, tasked with providing technical expertise and advice on sustainable land use and practices to landowners in the central area of the Hawke’s Bay region. 

While working closely with other sections and teams across the Council, the Central Catchment team is responsible for engaging with catchment communities and groups to understand their needs, identifying current and future challenges, and collaboratively developing sustainable solutions. Their day-to-day work includes advising on the coordination and funding of at-place projects and promoting the programs that contribute to the delivery of catchment outcomes.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

At its core, this is a leadership role. We seek someone who thrives on supporting their team to succeed by using their developed leadership skills in mentoring and coaching, work planning, budget management, problem-solving and communication. If you are a confident leader with a sound knowledge of land-based farming systems, soil erosion processes, soil and nutrient management, and sustainable land use initiatives, please apply today!

Ideally you will also have:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification. 
  • A minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience in sustainable land management.
  • An understanding of the economic and financial challenges our rural business sectors face.
  • An ability to relate to and build relationships effectively within the rural community.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC. 

Please note that an affinity with rural communities and understanding issues affecting the primary industry is essential for success in this role.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $97,830 to $108,700 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. 

Other benefits of working for our team include:

  • Flexible working options to support work/life balance
  • 5 weeks annual leave after 3 years
  • 4% superannuation after 3 years
  • Life insurance and income protection 
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives 
  • Strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a supportive working environment. 

To see a full list of our benefits, please visit our website.

We value diversity, so we do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. However, 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:

Please apply through Seek or send your CV and cover letter directly to

To view the job description please visit our website here.

Applications close 11 November 2023, however, we will be interviewing suitable candidates prior to the closing date, so don’t delay, 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 October 2023

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