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Catchment Management Lead - Biodiversity

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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:

Are you a dynamic leader with a passion for the environment and a drive to make a meaningful impact? This is your chance to play a lead role in safeguarding Hawke's Bay's biodiversity, collaborating with diverse stakeholders and shaping the future of biodiversity protection in our region. Join us at Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC) and be part of a team dedicated to preserving New Zealand's natural treasures for generations to come.

As our Catchment Management Lead - Biodiversity, you'll play a crucial role in prioritising and implementing initiatives to protect and enhance Hawke's Bay's biodiversity. You'll manage a team who look after a variety of environmental projects using a threat-based approach, adapting to changing conditions, and cultivating stakeholder relationships. Additionally, this role will seek funding opportunities, and take ownership of integrate biodiversity considerations into Council's work program.

View the full job description here.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

We're looking for a dynamic individual with a deep commitment to environmental stewardship and a track record of leadership in catchment or biodiversity management. If you're a strategic thinker with a passion for collaboration and a drive to make a difference, we want to hear from you.

Ideally you will also:

  • Bring your expertise to the table with a bachelor’s degree or higher in environmental science, ecology, conservation biology, or a related field. 
  • Demonstrate your leadership prowess with proven experience in catchment or biodiversity management, showcasing your ability to inspire and empower others.
  • Navigate the complexities of environmental policy, regulations, and governance frameworks with confidence, leveraging your knowledge to drive positive change.
  • Excel in building authentic, meaningful relationships with diverse stakeholders, embodying our commitment to collaboration and inclusivity.
  • Showcase your project management prowess, delivering impactful environmental projects on time and within budget, with a keen eye for detail.
  • Embody a strategic mindset, with the creativity and foresight to develop innovative solutions to biodiversity challenges.
  • Communicate with clarity and conviction, sharing your passion for the environment and biodiversity with others in a compelling and inspiring manner.
  • Experience in securing external funding for environmental projects is highly valued, demonstrating your ability to turn vision into reality.
  • 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 $97,830 to $108,700 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. If you believe you're an excellent candidate for this role but have reservations about the offered salary, we encourage you to reach out to us. We value open and transparent communication and are willing to discuss compensation further to ensure we find a mutually beneficial arrangement for the right individual. Our priority is to attract and retain top talent, and we're open to exploring options that align with your experience and expectations. Please don't hesitate to contact us for a friendly and confidential conversation about how we can make this opportunity work for you.

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:

Applications close 23 May 2024 but may close earlier if the right candidate is found.

Please apply through Seek. If you would like any further information regarding the role, please email

Applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.


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. 

23 April 2024

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