Transport Planning Roles

Thriving together – mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata.
Our environment and our people go hand-in-hand.

  • Lead the development of Bay Of Plenty Regional Council transport projects.
  • Make a direct difference to peoples’ daily lives.
  • 3x Permanent, full-time roles based in Tauranga. 

The Bay of Plenty region spans beautiful coastlines, forests, hills, and lakes. Tauranga is one of the fastest growing areas in New Zealand, and a high priority for New Zealand government investment. Rotorua and Whakatāne are established service centres which are also experiencing growth pressures. There is a large rural hinterland of smaller settlements and isolated communities, who rely heavily on council services.  As such, Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council is facing the challenging but exciting opportunity to create liveable communities supported by a convenient and sustainable transport system. 

He kōrero whakamārama mō tēnei tūranga / About the role

To help us with this, we have three opportunities available for experienced transport planning professionals. These are: 

  • 1 x Senior Public Transport Planner.
  • 2 x Senior Transport Planners.

In these roles, you will be joining our Transport & Urban Planning team in Tauranga to provide leadership and direction to various transport projects, programmes and initiatives. Specifically, you will be:

  • Planning and preparing investment proposals for the development of urban and inter-urban passenger transport services;
  • Providing expert technical advice and guidance on the development of spatial planning policies and plans to ensure integration with provision of public transport services / infrastructure;
  • Preparing, monitoring and reviewing the Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) and Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP);
  • Participating in complex urban projects supporting healthy, sustainable and vibrant community outcomes across transformational transport and infrastructure projects;
  • Managing key programmes such as the Western Bay of Plenty Public Transport Infrastructure and Services Business Case;
  • Contributing to key transport programmes such as Travel Demand Management and Behaviour Change;
  • Providing strategic and transport planning advice on local, regional and national plans, policy and projects;
  • Communicating difficult or complex ideas clearly and effectively, with a wide variety of senior, technical, business and management audiences, both internally and externally;
  • Being an active member of relevant technical groups or societies across New Zealand.

You will be joining a supportive and creative team, that strives towards innovation and excellence.  As senior members of our team you will also be providing mentorship and career development support to other team members.

Ō pūmanawa / Your skills and experience

We are looking for people who are passionate about using their skills to make a difference. You will have experience in working with passenger transport operators and local councils and a solid understanding of transport-related climate change issues.

In addition, you’ll also have:   

  • A relevant bachelor’s and / or master’s degree qualification.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a relevant role – either passenger transport service planning, general transport planning and / or business case development.
  • Basic experience of project management - ideally working across multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Production of compelling and evidence-based technical reports, which are written in plain language.
  • Ability to write simple council reports – gathering multiple sources of information on complex issues and condensing it into a wide format for general understanding.
  • Knowledge of recent industry developments, current industry challenges and best practice within the field, and progress key technical studies in relation to key government priorities such as transition engineering, bus decarbonisation, and climate change mitigation.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with an ability to connect and engage with stakeholders, at all levels, including senior leaders, principal advisors, elected members and other key stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Experience in central or local government organisations, operating within political environments would be an advantage.

Ko wai mātou / Who we are

Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council is responsible for land, air and water as well as public transport, land transport policy and economic development. We have an overview function for urban development and transport under our Regional Policy Statement.  A major focus of our work involves looking after the environment and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has declared a Climate Emergency. While we manage the effects of people’s use of freshwater, land, air and coastal water, we also have a broader responsibility with others for the economic, social and cultural well-being of the regional community.

We are a values-driven organisation that really cares about people. Highlights of working at Toi Moana include: 

  • Varied and challenging work across the Bay of Plenty Region that makes a real impact on the community and environment.
  • Opportunities for growth, learning and development. 
  • Wellbeing and flexible working initiatives.
  • A supportive team and organisational culture.
  • A competitive remuneration and holiday leave package, including extra paid leave over Christmas and New Year period.

The Bay of Plenty itself offers a great lifestyle with sun, beaches, forests, mountains, lakes and unique geothermal wonders.  We are close to central north island ski-fields and the world class city of Auckland is less than three hours away. 

These positions are full time, based in Tauranga. A competitive salary commensurate with experience will be offered to the successful candidates. 

Me pēhea te tuku tono / How to apply

Click APPLY NOW or for a confidential discussion please contact James Llewellyn, Transport & Urban Planning Manager on 0800 884 881 or 027 233 3255.

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NB To successfully apply for this job, you must have, or have the ability to obtain, the legal right to work in New Zealand and also possess a current, valid driver’s licence. 

Applications will remain open until successful applicants are appointed.

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: 2021-07

Location: Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatane

Closing Date: Applications will remain open