Careers in conservation & the environment

Biodiversity Advisor (Lakes) – Northland Regional Council – Whangarei

Website Northland Regional Council

Fixed-term position to December 2022
Reference: 5644937

  • Mix of field and office-based work; multi-disciplinary focus
  • Opportunity to get involved in freshwater management and biodiversity
  • Work in partnership with Northland’s community

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…

Clean water, pest management and biodiversity maintenance is a big focus of our long-term plan. Our Biodiversity Team provides services to ratepayers and communities through the maintenance of biodiversity including ecosystem functioning, ecosystem quality and continuous improvement of freshwater systems.

As a Biodiversity Advisor – Lakes, you will lead the project delivery of two parts of our Freshwater Improvement Fund Dune Lake project.

As part of the team, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Lead field operations including control of freshwater pests and associated lakes ecological monitoring
  • Work with landowners, community groups and mana whenua iwi to achieve biodiversity protection and water quality improvement in dune lakes
  • Provide advice to landowners and at education days
  • Ensure compliance, project reporting, administration and logistical requirements are met

The position is based in the sub-tropical city of Whangārei, about two hours’ drive north of Auckland and covers the entire Northland region.

Do you have what it takes?

We are looking for a well-organised person with great communication skills who is a team player with a proven ability to lead and deliver high-quality outcomes with a professional, courteous, and enthusiastic attitude.

You will preferably have a tertiary qualification in environmental management, freshwater management or similar, have a good understanding of ecological issues related to both biodiversity and freshwater management as well as an understanding of Māori culture.

You will need a full driver’s license, be capable of working in the field and have some experience in similar roles. You should be proficient in the use of Microsoft applications especially Word, Excel and Outlook.

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

  • Good relationship management skills – the ability to build and sustain positive relationships, cultural awareness and empathy
  • Adaptable attitude and ability to learn and carry out a variety of tasks using a range of skills
  • Well organised, physically fit and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Displays personal and professional integrity
  • Committed to H & S and organisational values

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 support our people in this project to achieve project goals safely and effectively, 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 Biodiversity 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.

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Applications close: Friday, 24 September 2021 and must be submitted online.

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


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