Compliance Specialist (RMA Compliance)
Northland Regional Council's vision is for a healthy environment, a strong economy and resilience among our varied communities. We've focused our long-term planning to target priority areas such as; enhancing the environment, building a strong regional economy and communities, and effective service delivery.
We offer a professional, challenging and positive working environment for our 200-plus staff across the region from Cape Reinga to just south of Kaiwaka.
We have a vacancy for a permanent full time Compliance Specialist based in the winterless north, Whangarei. Working with a team of nine environmental monitoring and compliance officers, this role will see you undertake and provide specialist advice for compliance monitoring of resource consents and permitted activities, including the investigation of environmental incidents and related enforcement. This could include anything from investigating unauthorised discharges of contaminants, to ensuring appropriate controls on a consented site are in place and meet national regulations and best practice.
Some key responsibilities will include:
- Preparing and implementing monitoring programmes for resource consents;
- Carrying out inspections, investigations, and taking samples and measurements in response to environmental incidents;
- Conducting inspections as a warranted enforcement officer and undertaking enforcement actions as required;
- Informing and educating stakeholders on RMA compliance; and
- As a senior member of the team, you will also provide advice and guidance to other staff within the team responding to environmental incidents.
What you will bring
You will ideally have a relevant tertiary qualification, and 3-5 years' experience in a related compliance position is expected. Thorough knowledge of the Resource Management Act (RMA), regional council monitoring functions, and specifically enforcement provisions under the RMA, is required.
The successful candidate will be able to communicate effectively with our external customers and stakeholders on a range of environmental monitoring topics, along with experience in the preparation, implementation and management of monitoring programmes. You will need to be self-motivated and able to work unsupervised, and as part of a team.
This is a challenging and varied role, with a mix of field and office work in a great location. This is your chance to be part of an organisation that is committed to the environment and making things happen together.