Careers in conservation & the environment

Senior Environmental Scientist – Gisborne District Council – Gisborne (Tūranga nui a Kiwa)

  • Full Time
  • Gisborne
  • 05/08/2020

Website Gisborne District Council

Permanent position

Are you passionate about our region and committed to the sustainable management of Tairāwhiti?  If you’re a land / water / coastal expert, with sound knowledge of the Resource Management Act 1991, we may have just the role for you…

Gisborne District Council are the proud winners of the 2019 LGNZ Excellence Awards, for our work to grow and promote the well-being of our community and people.  With more and more people choosing Tairāwhiti for its lifestyle, environment and culture, it’s an exciting time to be joining our thriving and diverse region.

We’re seeking a qualified and experienced person who can provide technical input into land, water and coastal management whilst providing guidance and mentoring to the team.

This role comprises analysis, research, reporting, advising, planning, project managing, as well as developing process and policy. You’ll be across the region’s water quantity and allocations, water quality and aquatic ecosystem health, land management, forestry, coastal management and natural hazards – it’s fair to say no two days are the same!

Up for the challenge?  Great! – you’ll need to have:

  • a relevant degree such as: environmental sciences, hydrology, geography or natural resources;
  • 5 years post graduate land, water or coastal management experience or equivalent;
  • a current full driver’s licence;
  • knowledge of the RMA 1991;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills:
  • experience in dealing with the public;
  • demonstrating knowledge of project management;
  • the ability to clearly communicate and report, statistical information, presentations to the community and stakeholders

Still reading?  Then apply as soon as possible – please submit your application by following the link. We have a number of similar vacancies to fill and will look to interview quickly if we have the opportunity.

For further information and job description please contact Paul Murphy on (06) 867 2049.

A relevant post graduate qualification and experience within local government will help you to excel in this role, but is not essential.

Applications close: 10am Wednesday, 5 August 2020.


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