Senior Ecologist - Service and Practice Lead

Date: 11-Jan-2022

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


He angitūtanga: The opportunity 


This is your opportunity to be at the forefront of helping achieve a flourishing and protected natural environment for Auckland through a period of significant legislative reforms!  


We are looking for a senior with great client and customer service credentials, who builds constructive networks, and who can support the ongoing development of clear guidance and practice notes to improve terrestrial ecology, wetland and natural features outcomes through Auckland Councils' regulatory and policy functions.


An important part of the role is the liaison with planners and coordinating the allocation and management of review requests through our team of 13 and the external consultants who support us. You need to have a good understanding of the Resource Management Act and the roles of applicants and council, planners and specialists, through the consenting process.  


Our team provide expert ecological and natural features advice and support across council including resource consents, policy, parks management, and biosecurity and biodiversity programmes, as well as managing our own projects, to ensure the protection and restoration of indigenous ecosystems, habitats, and species, and natural features on public and private land.  


The team has a regional focus and this role will be based in the City Centre or Orewa with some flexibility to work in other locations.  


He kōrero mōu: About you

As a senior, we will look to you to support and mentor others, focus on solutions, drive improvements in our work, work with others to set best practices, and take the lead on challenging issues or projects. You are collaborative, innovative, and passionate about delivering outcomes for Auckland’s natural environment.  


With five to seven years’ work experience in or around the resource management act or environmental policy, we’re looking for someone who wants a role with a focus on service to clients and customers, maintaining professional networks, and driving improvements in business processes and practice. 


Experience working as a specialist, planner, or policy advisor in the resource management act is highly beneficial but not required.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

You will enjoy being part of our expert, committed and capable Environmental Services team. Our priority is providing the best possible working environment for our staff which includes a focus on employee wellbeing and career progression opportunities.  Joining Environmental Services will provide you with the opportunity to work across the whole council family, with our mana whenua partners, community groups, private landowners, schools, non-government organisations, and central government to support best practice conservation practices and outcomes.


This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to be part of an exciting programme of work that will improve Auckland’s precious natural environment for current and future generations.  


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 committed to environmental action and green growth to achieve our vision of becoming the world’s most liveable city. 


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.


You’ll also have access to a range of fantastic Auckland Council benefits, including discounted Leisure Centre membership and a range of other partnership discounts!

Tono Mai: Apply Now!


If you have the required experience and passion, then we want to hear from you!

Applications close: 30 January 2022

*Please note: This role is known internally as a Senior Practice Ecologist.

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.


Employees in receipt of salary protection and/or on the predecessor Council terms and conditions of employment, please note that the salary protection and/or predecessor Council terms and conditions, including relocation, apply to your current position. Should you change to a new position (other than any secondment) you will be issued with a new employment letter of offer with current Auckland Council terms and conditions.


Any offer of employment from Auckland Council will be conditional upon you being fully vaccinated and providing suitable evidence of vaccination or medical exemption.