Policy Specialist (Water)

Northland Regional Council

Whangarei, , NZ

About Us

Northland Regional Council’s vision is for a healthy environment, a strong economy and resilience among our varied communities. We’ve focused our long-term planning to target priority areas such as enhancing the environment, building a strong regional economy and communities and effective service delivery.

We offer a professional, challenging and positive working environment for our 200-plus staff with our region covering from Cape Rēinga to just south of Kaiwaka.

The role

The Policy Specialist is part of the Strategy, Policy and Planning team which looks after Council’s resource management policy and corporate planning functions.

The main focus of this exciting role will be leading the delivery of Council’s freshwater resource management policy and planning responsibilities, with a strong emphasis on presenting and communicating complex information to a diverse range of audiences.

The position is based in the sub-tropical city of Whangārei, about two hours’ drive north of Auckland. However, remote working arrangements may be available for the right applicant.

What you will bring

You will have strong analytical skills and a relevant degree/qualification in either resource management, environmental science, public policy or planning.

You will have at least 7 years’ experience in natural resource management, preferably having specialised in water quality and quantity management. A good understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991 is therefore essential for this role and experience in local-government plan-making processes may set you apart from the pack.

You will have a good understanding of the science of water management and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

We are seeking someone who is pragmatic, enjoys challenges and is motivated to contribute to the sustainable management of Northland’s environment – someone who gets pleasure from helping people and places thrive.