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Senior Catchment Advisor - Hill Country Erosion (HCE) [Fixed Term]

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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 are looking for a Senior Catchment Advisor to join the Napier based, Central Catchment team. While working closely with other sections and teams across Council, this 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 promoting and implementing funded programs that contribute to the delivery of catchment outcomes.

The Senior Catchment Advisor – HCE will not only support and contribute to the work undertaken by the rest of the team, but they will also be responsible for ensuring delivery of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council 2023-2027 Hill Country Erosion Programme Grant Funding Agreement. This involves the successful planning, development, monitoring, and completion of the milestones in the project and integration with the rest of the Integrated Catchment Management Group and the wider council.

This is a fixed term role, expected to end mid-2027.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be a passionate and motivated individual who is prepared to hit the ground running in order to make a real difference to our communities. Your strong knowledge of land-based farming systems, soil erosion processes, soil and nutrient management, and sustainable land use initiatives will enable you to work collaboratively with the community to educate and ensure landowners understand industry best practice. 

Ideally you will also have:

  • Project management experience
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification
  • A minimum of three years’ post-qualification experience in sustainable land management, in particular concerning hill country erosion control, or in the provision of primary sector related technical advice.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC. 


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $89,640 to $99,600 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 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.


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 click here.

Applications close 15 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. 

16 October 2023

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