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Hydrology Manager

  • Relocation assistance may be available for the successful candidate

  • Flexible/remote working arrangements will be considered

  • Training, development and coaching available

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… we aren't about parking tickets, roading, building consents or any of that stuff! 

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. 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…

This position is responsible for the day to day operations and line management of all Hydrology and Flood Warning council functions. A critical component of the role is flood warning. The applicant will lead the flood forecasting duties to service the emergency management information requirements. You must have a minimum of five years of flood warning experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to operate and remain calm under high stress situations.

The highest rainfall total in one hour for a low land site was recently recorded in Te Tai Tokerau, due to a warm sub-tropical climate extreme event to strike the region. It's an exciting opportunity to join our organisation and put your skills and knowledge to the test.

Do you have what it takes?

We are looking for someone who has a proven ability to:

  • Disseminate large volumes of data into concise intel for key stakeholders during droughts and floods

  • Co-ordinate and manage both office and field operations to gather critical intel

  • Manage council health and safety requirements regarding staff during extreme weather events

  • Manage staff resourcing during long duration events.

  • Commit to working with our Iwi partners and building an understanding of what hydrology, surface water and groundwater mean to them.

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?

We'll pay you to do a job you love, and we also care about our staff. Our team has grown a lot over the years, but our small organisation culture is still here. We celebrate our efforts, share wedding/baby pictures, host many shared morning teas, enjoy outings, annual fishing competitions and brunches, and have a lot of fun together. We have an active social club that comes up with great ideas.

We also walk the talk when it comes to flexible working. We have remote workers, home workers, part time workers, condensed weeks and more. We support our staff during the good and hard times, but if you're also interested in the tangible stuff, we have that too - check out our benefits here.

What's next?

Need more information? If so, contact our Natural Resources Monitoring Manager today on email

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, check out the position description and apply today via

Applications close on 16 October 2022 and must be submitted online.

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

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