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Specialist- Earth & Streamworks

Date: 24-Mar-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Opportunity for an environmental scientist or ecologist
  • Work in the Fresh Water Ecology arena
  • Based in Auckland CBD



He angitūtanga: The opportunity


The Earth, Streams and Trees team is part of the Specialist Unit in Auckland Council’s Resource Consents Department. The team is involved in a wide range of development projects, including major subdivisions and nationally significant infrastructure projects. We cover the entire Auckland region and are passionate about protecting our freshwater environment and managing sedimentation from urbanisation to help protect the health and well-being of Aucklanders and the wider Auckland environment.


Our role is varied, and you will be working with a wide range of customers across the region, assessing and providing specialist technical input around managing the effects of significant earthworks and works in and around freshwater bodies to our resource consenting teams as well as assisting our colleagues in the monitoring and compliance teams, influencing policy, and designing and providing training to Regulatory Services (planners, compliance staff and development engineers). 


He kōrero mōu: About you


Working in a dynamic team environment, this role is varied and motivating. This role would suit an environmental scientist or ecologist, who is keen to apply their skills to assessing the range of potential environmental impacts of development on the receiving environment.  You will be expected to work with applicants and planners 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. You are also looking to broaden your experience and enhance your environmental awareness of the Auckland regions environment. An understanding of sedimentation processes and fresh water ecology is desirable.


To be successful in this role you will need a tertiary qualification in environmental science, or a discipline related to environmental land management. You have at least 5 or more year’s related experience undertaking environmental and/or ecological assessments, preferably within a planning context. An understanding of the management of land disturbing activities and the associated direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of sediment discharges on the environment (including freshwater and marine) and the methods available to avoid, remedy, or mitigate these effects is essential. Experience processing resource consents and/or familiarity with the Regional Plans is also desirable.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


Our Resource Consents unit 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. You will be working for an organisation that embraces flexible working; we can offer Work from home days and flexible hours to suit your lifestyle. We offer a competitive salary, and varied learning and career progression opportunities across the wider Council group. You’ll 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 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. 


If you are passionate about building a brighter future for Auckland, please apply today!

Applications close on Friday 9th April 2021. However, please note that early applications are encouraged as interviews will be conducted as and when applications are received – so apply now to avoid disappointment.


For more information about this opportunity or to request a copy of the position description, please email Marshal.Nazareth@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz  or ring me on 021 1945160.

This role is deemed safety sensitive and will require a pre-employment drug & alcohol test prior to offer.


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.