Senior Wastewater Advisor - Resource Consents

Date: 23 May 2024

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council





He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Are you looking for a change of direction, quality training and career opportunities, a collaborative workplace where you can make a difference? If so, why not join Auckland Council, the largest territorial authority in Australasia.


Our Stormwater, Wastewater and Industrial & Trade Activities team is part of the Specialist Unit in the Regulatory Engineering and Resource Consents Department. This multidisciplinary team provides specialist advice on a wide range of development projects, from major subdivisions, residential, commercial, and industrial developments to regional and nationally significant infrastructure projects. We cover the entire Auckland region and are passionate about preventing and minimising adverse environmental and health effects whilst promoting sustainable development in a fast-growing city. The team is based in the CBD but offers flexible working arrangements.


The Senior Wastewater Specialist will be working with a wide range of customers across the region, providing technical input to our resource consenting, compliance and building teams. A major focus of this role will be in relation to assessing the effects of the discharge of wastewater to land and/or water including works in and around freshwater bodies (such as lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands).


There will be support and encouragement to upskill so that you can provide advice on multiple subject areas covered by the team. You will be expected to work with external and internal customers to seek the best practical environmental outcomes using a proactive and solution-driven approach. You must be competent in critically evaluating complex proposals in consent applications.


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He kōrero mōu: About you


You are competent in problem solving and finding innovative solutions to technical issues or problems. The ability to effectively communicate complex concepts to a wide range of audiences is critical as you will be regularly consulting with internal and external customers. You will have worked within a busy professional environment and have excellent time management and project management skills. You are flexible and open to change, including new ways of doing things and upskilling to work on subjects beyond wastewater. Our ideal candidate will have the following:


  • A tertiary qualification in science, environmental science, resource management, or equivalent.
  • Proven experience in managing, consenting, or providing specialist advice regarding wastewater management.
  • An understanding of wastewater treatment and disposal processes and the associated direct, indirect, and cumulative effects on the receiving environment, and the methods available to avoid, remedy, or mitigate these effects is essential.
  • Experience and understanding of relevant sections of the Resource Management Act and relevant local and national standards and policies.
  • A current driver’s licence.


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.


Our Regulatory Engineering and Resource Consents Department processes more than 17,000 consents annually and facilitates a wide range of development projects. We offer a competitive salary, and varied learning and career progression opportunities across the wider Council group. We are committed to diversity, have a culture built on trust and valuing individual contributions, and are driven to provide the right outcomes for our customers and our environment.


While this role will focus on wastewater, you will be supported to learn and work in the other disciplines covered by the team. Working within a team of experienced environmental professionals, this position represents an opportunity to deepen and broaden your knowledge of technical and regulatory matters.


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


Applications close on Sunday 16 June 2024 at 11.59am. 

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


Salary range $97,410 - $114,600 (depending on skillset and experience)


This position is deemed safety-sensitive and will require pre-employment drug testing.


Our employer KiwiSaver contribution is additional to base salary offered.


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.