Senior Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist

Date: 14 Sep 2023

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council



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He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Working in a dynamic team environment, this role is varied and motivating with the opportunity to make a real impact, enabling positive outcomes for Auckland’s environment and people.


The role sits within the Coastal and Water Allocation team in the Regulatory Engineering and Resource Consents Department. It involves the assessment and provision of technical advice on the risks associated with developments and activities in and around the coast and marine environment, for a wide range of interesting and challenging developments, including major subdivisions and infrastructure projects of regional significance.


We provide technical support to our resource consenting teams and our colleagues in the monitoring and compliance teams, influence policy, design and deliver training to key audiences, and present evidence in Council and Environment Court hearings.


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He kōrero mōu: About you


You will be a highly skilled and experienced coastal processes expert, who is passionate about protecting our coastal environment, whilst supporting the sustainable future growth and development across our region. You will be keen to apply your skills to ensure the potential impacts associated with coastal hazards and climate change are accurately assessed, and where necessary, are appropriately avoided, remedied or mitigated, as are any potential adverse effects on the coastal environment.


You will work with applicants and planners to seek the best practical environmental outcomes using a proactive and solution-driven approach. You will be competent in critically evaluating complex proposals as part of consent applications. You are also looking to broaden your experience and enhance your environmental awareness of our region’s unique coastal environment.


We are seeking applicants who have:


  • A tertiary qualification in coastal processes / coastal geomorphology (or a related discipline).
  • At least 5 year's experience as a coastal practitioner undertaking coastal hazard assessments, preferably within a planning context.
  • A robust understanding of the methods available to avoid, remedy, or mitigate the effects of coastal hazards.
  • Experience and understanding of the Resource Management Act and associated planning legislation and knowledge of council process.
  • An understanding of the Auckland Council regulatory framework in relation to coastal hazard assessments is desirable.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


Auckland Council is one of the largest local authorities in the South Pacific providing essential services and facilities to more than 1.5 million people. We are progressive socially, culturally, and environmentally while we work towards creating change having an impact on our journey to becoming a world-class city for our ratepayers and residents. Auckland Council’s size is one of our biggest advantages. Variety, opportunities, and a fantastic training sets us apart from private practice. 


In return for your hard work, you can expect a flexible and supportive work environment.

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini My success is not mine alone, but the success of many.


Our Resource Consents Department processes more than 17,000 consents annually and facilitates a wide range of development projects, from major subdivisions and nationally significant infrastructure projects to houses, apartment buildings, and shopping centres. We are an organisation that embraces flexible working; we can offer work from home days and flexible hours to suit your lifestyle.


You will be joining a team of dedicated and respected experts working collaboratively across the region to contribute to Auckland’s growth and development. We are committed to prioritising staff wellbeing, celebrate diversity, and have a culture built on trust and valuing individual contributions and are driven to provide the right outcomes for our customers and our environment.


Applications close on Sunday 8 October 2023 at 11.59am. 

However, please note that early applications are encouraged – Tono Mai: Apply Now!


Salary range will be $97,410 to $126,060 (depending on experience)


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.