Careers in conservation & the environment

Biosecurity Officer (Marine) – Northland Regional Council – Whangarei

  • Full Time
  • Whangarei
  • 05/10/2020

Website Northland Regional Council

Permanent position

  • Mix of field and office-based work; multi-disciplinary focus
  • Flexible/remote working arrangements will be considered
  • Training, development and coaching available

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…
This role joins the Marine Biosecurity Team that aims to deliver ongoing improvement in marine pest management in Northland. In this role, you will be involved in protecting our coastal waters and ensuring marine values are upheld.

This role involves a high level of technical field and office skills in marine biosecurity. Although advocacy and education will be a large focus of this role, you will also aid in leading the pest monitoring and control operations to meet the objectives for the Regional Pest and Marine Pathway Management Plan, be involved in research and contribute to compliance and enforcement.

Are you up for it?
We are looking for someone who can bring the following to our diverse talent pool:

  • An in-depth understanding of and a passion for New Zealand’s marine environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for a range of audiences and demonstrated analytical and data management skills
  • A resilient team player, who is able to manage conflict and enforcement incidents with respect and professionalism
  • Ideally, a post-graduate qualification in marine science or environmental management with previous practical experience
  • Project management skills.

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 would be a good fit for the marine biosecurity team 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, 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 Biosecurity Manager – marine, 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!

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency/citizenship, a valid NZ work visa, or the ability to qualify for a valid NZ work visa.

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Applications close: Monday, 5 October 2020 and must be submitted online.


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