Specialist - Earth & Streamworks

Job type: 
Auckland Council
New Zealand
Apply By (date): 
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 00:00


  • Opportunity for an environmental scientist or ecologist
  • Work in the Fresh Water Ecology arena
  • Based in Auckland CBD


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

The Earth, Streams and Trees team is part of the Specialist Unit in Auckland Council’s Resource Consents Department. The team is involved in a wide range of development projects, including major subdivisions and nationally significant infrastructure projects.  We cover the entire Auckland region and are passionate about preventing and minimising environmental risks to land and water whilst promoting sustainable development in a fast growing city.

 You will be working with a wide range of customers across the region, assessing and providing specialist technical input to our resource consenting, compliance and building teams. The focus of this role will be assessing environmental effects associated with land disturbance activities and works within watercourses and wetlands, and to prevent and minimise the risks of erosion and sediment discharges to the environment whilst promoting sustainable development.

He kōrero mōu: About you

Working in a dynamic team environment, this role is varied and motivating. This role would suit an environmental scientist or ecologist, who is keen to apply their skills to assessing the range of potential environmental impacts of development on the receiving environment.  You will be expected to work with applicants and planners to seek the best practical environmental outcomes using a proactive and solution-driven approach. You must be competent in critically evaluating complex proposals in consent applications. You are also looking to broaden your experience and enhance your environmental awareness of the Auckland regions environment. An understanding of sedimentation processes and fresh water ecology is desirable.

 To be successful in this role you will need a tertiary qualification in environmental science or a discipline related to environmental land management. You have at least 5 or more year’s related experience undertaking environmental and/or ecological assessments, preferably within a planning context. An understanding of the management of land disturbing activities and the associated  direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of sediment discharges on the environment (including freshwater and marine) and the methods available to avoid, remedy, or mitigate these effects is essential. Experience processing resource consents and/or familiarity with the Regional Plans is also desirable.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Our Resource Consents unit processes more than 17,000 consents annually and facilitates a wide range of development projects, from major subdivisions and nationally significant infrastructure projects to houses, apartment buildings and shopping centres. You will be working for an organisation that embraces flexible working; we can offer Work from Home days and flexible hours to suit your lifestyle. We offer a competitive salary, and varied learning and career progression opportunities across the wider Council group. You’ll be joining a team of dedicated and respected experts working collaboratively across the region to contribute to Auckland’s growth and development. We are committed to diversity, have a culture built on trust and valuing individual contributions, and are driven to provide the right outcomes for our customers and our environment.

If you are passionate about building a brighter future for Auckland, please apply today!

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Naomi Green on 021 562 061.

Applications close Monday 15th July 2019.

This role is deemed safety sensitive and will require a pre-employment drug & alcohol test prior to offer.

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.