Policy Planner (Natural Resources)


Whangarei, New Zealand

Reference: 5434952

  • Multi-disciplinary regulatory and natural resource management planning, and strategic policy, focus
  • Contribute to and enhance community resilience and sustainable resource management for future generations in Northland
  • Small town benefits, big ambitions

We are the carers for Northland's environment and community. Are you one of us?

A few things you should know about Northland Regional Council… we aren't about parking tickets, roading, building consents or any of that stuff! Our work is ultimately about working together to care for our region's incredible environment and many communities, matching our skills and resources with the vision and aspirations of our people.

Toitū te whenua, toitū to moana, toitū te tangata. If the land is well, if the sea is well, the people will thrive.

The opportunity awaits…

Join our team of natural resource planning experts in developing strategies and policies to protect and improve our natural environment in Northland. With a dynamic planning future ahead, this is an exciting time to be involved in planning for the sustainable management of our region's natural resources for future generations.

From looking after our fresh and coastal waters to protecting Northland's indigenous ecosystems and biodiversity, the range of environmental work is vast. In this role, you will be providing analysis and advice on existing natural resource management planning provisions; developing new plans and policies relating to freshwater, biodiversity and other natural resources; and helping to develop strategic policy.

As a key member of the Strategy, Policy and Planning team, you'll have the opportunity to work closely with tangata whenua and our local communities, and play a vital part in planning the future direction of Northland.

Do you have what it takes?

We are looking for someone who can bring the following to our diverse talent pool:

  • At least five and preferably 10 years of experience in resource management planning or policy development with excellent strategic and analytical skills, and a passion for innovation.
  • An excellent team player with personal and professional integrity and ability to handle confidential information with discretion, demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines, and with a strong customer service focus.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and keeping up to date with policy planning best practice and the latest science.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, time management, problem-solving, and organisational skills.
  • Sound understanding of tikanga Māori, te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its relationship to local government, with local knowledge of Te Taitokerau an advantage.

We don't just want someone that CAN do the job, we want someone who has the DRIVE to do a GREAT job and has a passion for what our organisation and values stand for. That's why at NRC, we understand that sometimes the right person doesn't ‘tick all the boxes'. If you don't fit the mould exactly, but truly believe you can help shape the future of natural resource management planning and policy, then tell us. We'll consider it.

What's in it for you?

We'll pay you to do a job you love, and we also care about our staff. Our team has grown a lot over the years, but our small organisation culture is still here. We celebrate our efforts, share wedding/baby pictures, host many shared morning teas, enjoy outings, annual fishing competitions and brunches, and have a lot of fun together. We have an active social club that comes up with great ideas.

We also walk the talk when it comes to flexible working. We have remote workers, home workers, part time workers, condensed weeks and more. We support our staff during the good and hard times, but if you're also interested in the tangible stuff, we have that too - check out our benefits here.

What's next?

Need more information? If so, contact our Natural Resources Policy Manager today.

The work we do really makes a difference and if you are someone who is motivated to contribute to the management of Northland's environment, check out the position description and apply today via www.nrc.govt.nz/jobs.

Applications close on 21 April 2021 and must be submitted online.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency/citizenship or valid NZ work visa.

Applications Close: 21 Apr 2021