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Area Manager - Regional Specialist

Date: 07-Aug-2019

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Significantly influence and contribute to the wellbeing of Aucklanders
  • Showcase your leadership skills and experience
  • Shape and model the future of arboriculture and ecological restoration for NZ


He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Our Operational Management & Maintenance (OMM) Unit sits under the Community Facilities (CF) umbrella and this is a leadership opportunity working in the Unit and across the region. As a part of the OMM lead team, it is your responsibility as Regional Manager – Arboriculture & Ecological Restoration to direct a centre of excellence in asset management and ecological restoration. This is achieved through the inspiration of our Arb & Eco Specialists, effective contract management (contracts are valued in excess of $15m per annum), ecological restoration initiatives and the delivery of outstanding asset performance.

It is important to note that our arboriculture and ecological restoration contracts in relation to Auckland’s geographic size are the largest in Australasia. Additionally, the consolidation of our arboriculture and ecological restoration teams into one has provided a rare opportunity to develop and encourage these industries within NZ. As the team and its structure are relatively new and only just being developed you will have the opportunity to guide the team direction, establish a new and higher level of performance and set the benchmark for others to follow as the industry leader in these areas. A key area of focus will be continuous improvement in the management and maintenance of our urban forest and open spaces – through a positive leadership approach, you will work toward the creation of a workplace culture that continuously drives outstanding performance and value in the community through flexibility, innovation, learning and ownership. You will work collaboratively across council, agencies and communities, to ensure our community development practice will be more effective in delivering on local board plans, The Auckland Plan, community aspirations and the Māori Plan for Tāmaki Makaurau. This is an excellent opportunity to shape and model the future of arboriculture and ecological restoration across Council, Auckland and NZ.


He kōrero mōu: About you


This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic and innovative manager and people leader who is committed to continuous improvement and has a speciality in either arboriculture or ecological restoration (or both). A tertiary qualification in a relevant area (or equivalent gained experience), experience managing a broad range of assets, collaborating and developing networks & partnerships will provide a good foundation for you in this role. Additionally, you will have a high level of customer focus, a solid track record of customer delivery, the agility to work cross-functionally across the council family and lead agencies as well as the savvy to deal with ambiguity and make quality decisions in a dynamic and challenging setting.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


We offer you a unique and career enhancing role with challenges, variety and complexity alongside being part of Auckland’s meaningful history. You will have the opportunity to lead a passionate team of highly qualified arborists enthusiastic about the contribution of trees and other vegetation to Auckland’s wellbeing.

If you are high performing, passionate about Auckland’s urban forest and green spaces and would like the chance to facilitate making tangible and visible improvements to our environment, then join us. Apply today (telling us why you are interested in and right for this opportunity) by cover letter along with your CV. If you are an internal candidate (not a temp or contractor), please apply via the Tupu internal careers page.

For a confidential discussion please contact Laurie Sabo at


Applications close Thursday, 22 August 2019.

Please note that we may, however, be considering applications as they are received so please do not delay in applying.


You will be required to have a valid NZ driver's licence due to the nature of the position where you will be required to regularly travel to various Community Facility sites across the Auckland region.

This role is deemed safety sensitive and in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug & alcohol testing.

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.