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Sustainability & Resilience Advisor

Date: 02-May-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council



  • Help drive and unlock Auckland's strategic response to the climate crisis
  • Be part of a dynamic team that delivers smarter sustainability outcomes for the region
  • Great exposure and growth



He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Auckland Council’s Chief Sustainability Office has an exciting opportunity for a Sustainability and Resilience Advisor to join our high calibre and influential team.


You will be one of our strategic sustainability and climate change specialists influencing organisational processes, policies and programmes on a range of social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions. Using your analytical, advisory and influencing skills, you will help mainstream sustainability as business as usual in Auckland on both a broad and tangible scale. You will play a key role in the ongoing development and delivery of Auckland Council’s strategic response to the climate crisis faced by the region through the implementation of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.


This is a dynamic and varied role where you will have the opportunity to work across multiple stakeholders and areas including emissions reduction; climate resilience; low impact buildings and places; decentralised renewable energy; low-carbon food systems; alternative finance mechanisms; clean, safe and equitable transport; green infrastructure and the circular economy to name a few.


He kōrero mōu: About you


You will bring your knowledge of emerging national and international best practice and trends, leverage your sustainability networks and proactively identify sustainability issues and opportunities for transformative change.


A strong verbal and written communicator, influencer and relationship builder, you will bring prior technical experience in sustainability strategy, climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, urban development, change management, resource management or related fields. 


Naturally you will have the ability to manage high-volume and complex projects and work flows with an appreciation of the big picture and an eye for detail. 


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


Auckland is a rapidly growing region. This growth brings huge opportunity, but also many challenges to ensure that growth is sustainable and resilient to the impacts of a changing climate. In response to these challenges and opportunities, the region has established a vision of Auckland for the future through the Auckland Plan and set bold aspirations for climate action, through Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan, including halving regional emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Auckland is also an active member of key leadership networks such as the global C40 Cities Leadership Group and New Zealand’s Climate Leaders Coalition. Ensuring the region is strategically aligned to deliver on these sustainability commitments is the key focus for the Chief Sustainability Office.


If you are passionate about creating a sustainable and resilient Auckland that works for people and the planet and have the experience and skills to back your passion, then we'd love to hear from you.  Join us and leave your legacy on Auckland!    Feel free to request a copy of the position description from Shar Mahon on +64-27-769-1880 or shar.mahon@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz 


Applications close Sunday 23 May 2021


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.