Senior / Policy Advisor (Kaitohutohu Matua / Kaitohutohu), Environmental Policy

  • Four new permanent positions based in Wellington or Masterton

  • Exciting time to join our team at either Senior Policy Advisor or Policy Advisor level

  • Help shape the future for the greater good of the Wellington region

We are seeking four Senior / Policy Advisors to join our Environmental Policy Department. In Wellington you will be based in the heart of the City in our brand new Cuba St office with easy access to many of the fantastic places and opportunities that people love about our capital city. Our new building in Masterton is nearing completion and provides an exciting opportunity for a different lifestyle.

We are at a crucial stage in our implementation of national policy direction into the Regional Policy Statement and Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region. We can only solve the complex natural resource problems that we face with an openness to new ideas and methodologies, intelligence, enthusiasm and a collaborative approach.

We provide a diverse range of benefits including working options that help our staff balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. We're also all about growing our people through professional development and experience across everything the council does.

About the roles:

Depending on your skills and experience, you will be:

  • Engaging directly with mana whenua and our communities

  • Providing expert policy and planning evidence

  • Working collaboratively across agencies

  • Advising councillors and senior leadership

  • Representing the interests of Council.

Skills and experience required:

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • A tertiary qualification in natural resource management, planning, law, public policy, economics, environmental science or similar

  • An understanding of and respect for te ao Māori and tikanga

  • Skills or an interest in learning te reo Māori and using it in your work

  • An understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991, and the role of regional councils in New Zealand

  • The ability to work with partners to analyse and develop options for regional natural resource management issues

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Strong relationship management skills.

To be considered at the Senior Policy Advisor level you will need to demonstrate the ability to perform a leadership role within a project, take on more complex issues and provide mentoring support to other members of a team.

How to apply:

Click on the link to view the job description and to apply for the role with a cover letter and CV.

For further information, please contact Matt Hickman, Environmental Policy Manager,

Applications close: Friday, 6 August 2021

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: GUAO148467

Location: Masterton, Wellington City

Closing Date: Friday, 6 August 2021