Natural Resources Science Manager

  • Flexible work arrangements to suit your lifestyle
  • 37.5 hour working week
  • Generous leave allowance

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…  

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.  

From healthy waters, protecting our native taonga, developing meaningful relationships with tangata whenua, to creating resilient and adaptable communities in a changing climate. Here at the Northland Regional Council your work makes a difference to our community.  

Toitū te whenua, toitū te moana, toitū te tangata. If the land is well, if the sea is well, the people will thrive.   

The opportunity awaits… 

Our Science Manager guides a talented Science team to deliver on The Northland Regional Council’s Science program which includes:

  • River and coastal environment
  • World unique dune lakes
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Air quality
  • Groundwater

By joining the Natural Resources Science team, you'll have the opportunity to lead a high performing and multidisciplinary team delivering environmental scientific advice and expertise supporting evidence-based policy development and decision-making for the sustainable management of our natural resources.  We need someone who will provide strong leadership skills and proven success at building relationships and resolving issues with internal and external stakeholders. 

Do you have what it takes?

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

  • A minimum of five years in a senior management role
  • A degree in relevant natural, physical or environmental sciences.
  • Sound understanding of applied environmental science, investigation and monitoring processes.
  • Good understanding of RMA (1991) & NPSFM 2020
  • Demonstrated knowledge of meeting and supporting the obligations and intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Competency with Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori is desirable
  • Experienced in coaching and developing people as well as building and enhancing the overall capability of the team to ensure quality analysis, advice and delivery
  • Comfortable setting strategy for the team, driving activity, allocating resources, and ensuring cross-Council co- ordination

We don't just want someone that CAN do the job, we want someone who has the DRIVE do to 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, then tell us. We'll consider it.

What's in it for you?

Just as you care about your community and environment, NRC cares about you and we are committed to the wellbeing of our people.  Our team has grown a lot over the years, but our small organisation culture is still here. We celebrate our efforts as a team and recognise every individual for their contribution and dedication to their mahi.  

We understand the importance of flexibility, so we’re committed to alternative working arrangements for our people. We have a range of flexible work arrangements that we can consider to suit the varied lifestyles of our people.    

What's next?

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, please apply. Want to have a kōrero with us first or just need more information? If so, contact our Monitoring Manager ( today.

Applications must be made via our careers page; please go to the link attached to make your application.

Applications close on 9th February 2023

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


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Permanent Full Time

Job no: NRC964

Location: Northland, Far North, Kaipara, Northland Regional, Whangarei

Closing Date: 9th February 2023