Natural Hazards Adaptation Lead


If you’re looking for job interest and challenge, and would enjoy the outdoors lifestyle that goes hand-in-hand with the Otago environment of rugged coastlines, spectacular mountains and alpine lakes, this position could be right for you.

Otago Regional Council manages the land, air and water resources, and provides flood and natural hazard protection and response on behalf of communities across Central Otago, Clutha, Waitaki, Queenstown Lakes and Dunedin.  Otago covers a vast area (it’s the third largest region in NZ) with diverse and complex alpine to coastal geological and hydrological environments.  Climate change, seismic risk and pressure on critical infrastructure creates a challenging environment that requires a forward-thinking approach.  That’s where you come in! 

The Challenge:

  • Work with communities to explore and implement solutions that will increase resilience to natural hazards and climate change impacts.
  • Lead the development and delivery of complex multi-year work programmes.
  • Lead the development of Council’s natural hazards and climate change adaptation approaches, strategies, and plans.
  • Promote the effective management of natural hazards in the Otago region, especially in relation to land use, Regional Policy Statement and District Plans. 
  • Lead a small team (two direct reports), providing direction and support and enabling the team to perform at its best.  
  • Engage with community and project stakeholders, and form collaborative working relationships internally and with councils, regulatory authorities, consultants and contractors.

Your Skills:

  • A tertiary qualification in social science; environmental science or engineering; geography, policy and planning; or earth or physical science.
  • Five plus years of related experience, which could include: community engagement and consultation; policy and planning; environmental management; natural hazards management; climate change adaptation; disaster risk reduction.
  • Experienced in project and programme management.
  • Able to think strategically and shape direction.
  • Scientific curiosity coupled with the ability to assimilate a wide range of information.

We are committed to protecting and enhancing the environment and building resilient communities and we need the right people in the right roles to help us get there.  We offer a flexible work environment, great team and interesting, meaningful work. 

Click Apply Now or to find out more, contact Lisa Hulley on 027 688 8831 in confidence.  We encourage you to apply promptly as we will assess applications as they are received.

Otago Regional Council has engaged Peak Recruitment to manage the recruitment of this position.  Please direct all enquiries and applications to Peak Recruitment.  

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: BH410

Location: Otago, Balclutha, Central Otago, Clutha, Dunedin, Otago Regional, Queenstown Lakes, Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Hawea, Kingston, Makarora, Queenstown, Queenstown Events Centre, Wanaka, Waitaki

Closing Date: Applications close 17 February 2023