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Catchment Advisor

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About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Hawke's Bay Regional Council is seeking two passionate and skilled Catchment Advisors to join our team. We have two exciting opportunities available within the Integrated Catchment Management Group, one based in Napier and the other in Waipawa.


In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Promote sustainable land management practices and initiatives in the region.
  • Engage with landowners, communities, and stakeholders to facilitate and deliver solutions to environmental issues.
  • Provide expert advice and support to individuals and groups on improving farm practices for better catchment, economic, environmental, and social outcomes.
  • Implement programs to address catchment-specific land and soil issues.
  • Contribute to the Council's efforts in continuous improvement and building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

As a Catchment Advisor, you will work closely with the Catchment Operations team and report to the Catchment Management Lead – South or Central. This is an excellent opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in sustainable land management and make a difference in the Hawke's Bay region.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

To excel in this role, you should possess the following qualifications, experience, and attributes:

  • A relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent tertiary qualification in environmental science, agriculture, or a related field.
  • Experience in sustainable land management, catchment management, or a similar role in a relevant industry.
  • Strong knowledge of soil erosion processes, mitigation strategies, and the sources and pathways of sediment, nutrient, and bacterial contamination from farming systems.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders, including landowners, community groups, and internal teams.


As a Catchment Advisor, you should be committed to continuous learning, teamwork, and adhering to health and safety procedures. You should also be adaptable and open to performing other duties as assigned to support the Council's goals and objectives. If you are passionate about sustainable land management and want to contribute to the protection and enhancement of the Hawke's Bay region's environment, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding position.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu

HBRC offers a supportive and collaborative work environment where your contributions will make a significant impact on our region’s future. We provide competitive remuneration, professional development opportunities, and the chance to be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference.

The salary range for this role is between $76,230 to $84,700 dependant on your level of qualification and experience.


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.


See a full list of our staff benefits here .

As an equal opportunity employer, we are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. We recognise that collaborative and innovative organisations depend on having a workforce made up from a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. We're all about excellence, and we encourage open communication – if you need any specific support, just let us know! Our main goal is to empower each person to share their unique talents to contribute to the outcomes for our community. This commitment ensures that our workplace is a dynamic and progressive space where everyone can flourish.

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 sustainable water management and want to contribute to the protection of Hawke's Bay's environment, we encourage you to apply.

Applications close 19 May 2024, however we will be shortlisting and interviewing appropriate candidates as applications are received. If you are interested in this position, please do not wait to apply as we may close the ad earlier than advertised.

View the full job description here.

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. 

18 April 2024

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