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Health, Safety and Wellbeing Advisor


About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Cyclone Gabrielle has had a significant and long lasting impact on the infrastructure, environment and communities in our region. This is why HBRC is boosting the capacity in our dedicated teams of experts who are actively engaged in recovery work – so that we can deliver for our communities and our environment.


As part of our expansion and reconstruction efforts, we are seeking a passionate and experienced Health, Safety & Wellbeing Advisor to join our team to promote and embed a strong HS&W culture across the work we are undertaking. This work is diverse and interesting, offering a rare opportunity to be part of a flood network redesign for an entire region, work that will continue to unfold over the next ten years. These projects will make a real difference for Hawke’s Bay; being a part of these exciting initiatives will bring  you immense job satisfaction and a feeling of true achievement.


You will support us to achieve our health, safety and wellbeing objectives and ensure legislative compliance so that all of our team go home safe at the end of each day. A breadth of knowledge across the full spectrum of HS&W is required, along with the ability to educate, coach and continuously look for improvement opportunities ensuring all risks are identified and managed along the way. 


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

We’re looking for a results-driven individual with a passion for putting safety first in an inclusive and encouraging way. While we take our work seriously, we like to have a bit of fun while we’re at it.  You’ll take pride in your work, will ooze genuine enthusiasm and energy. Building strong relationships will be second nature to you.  You will be confident, decisive and assertive when necessary. You will be able to think on your feet, demonstrate flexibility and innovation, and have the ability to translate policies and procedures to layman’s terms for your audience.


To be successful in this role you will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • At least 5+ years relevant experience in a similar role/industry
  • Appropriate tertiary qualification / post graduate studies / professional body certification / registration
  • Experience in delivery of large civil and earthworks preferred.
  • In depth knowledge of H&S legislation, particularly the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • 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

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:

If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and contributing to the rebuilding and redesigning efforts post-Gabriella Cyclone, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Please submit your resume and a cover letter via Seek outlining your relevant experience and why you are the ideal candidate for this role.

 View the job description here.  Applications close 11 January 2024. Please be aware we may not be in touch until 2024 as our staff will be on leave over the holiday season. 

Please apply via Seek.

If you require any further information please email


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. 

13 December 2023

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