Principal Coastal Adaptation Specialist

Date: 10-May-2022

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council



  • Lead the delivery of Auckland’s regionwide Shoreline Adaptation Plan programme
  • Be part of a well-respected and influential team
  • Leave your legacy on Auckland



He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Auckland has over 3,000 km of diverse coastline and Auckland Council has an important role in its management. Our coastal team in the Resilient Land & Coasts Department have a permanent opportunity for a Principal Coastal Adaptation Specialist. Reporting to the Coastal Management Practice Lead, you will lead the development and delivery of Shoreline Adaptation Plans across the region. Your responsibilities will include:


  • programme management, working closely with the Project Manager to co-ordinate the internal and external project team
  • leading community engagement events, including preparation of resources to raise awareness of coastal hazards and climate change
  • working collaboratively alongside other technical specialists to develop coastal adaptation strategies
  • building relationships with mana whenua
  • leading political engagement and reporting on each plan alongside senior management



He kōrero mōu: About you


We are looking for a dynamic and highly motivated individual who is passionate about Auckland’s coastal environment, reducing natural hazard risks and the impacts of climate change.
You have demonstrated experience focusing on natural hazard science, planning and risk management in Auckland, including the coastal environment. With a proven ability to assess and plan for coastal hazards and risk, you can adapt your communication style to share this knowledge with the public and decision makers across the region. 
You can effectively engage and work closely with council organisations, consultants, academic bodies, central government and other industry experts across Auckland and New Zealand.  
You are output focussed, well organised and adept at coordinating multiple stakeholders from a range of backgrounds. You are adaptable in the face of changing requirements and resilient when dealing with challenging conversations.

We will value your proven track record of sound judgement and good decision making. 


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


You will be working for an organisation that embraces diversity and has a culture built on trust and valuing individual contributions. We offer a competitive salary, flexible working and you will get to work with a team of dedicated and respected experts who share a passion for making a difference. 


If you are highly motivated, detail orientated, and are keen to leave your legacy on Auckland, then we want to hear from you. Apply today with your cover letter and CV.  See the position description for more information.  You can also contact Shar Mahon on for more information.
This role is deemed safety sensitive and in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.  A full driver's license is a requirement.


Applications close Sunday 29 May 2022

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.


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