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Rivers Manager

  • Do you have practical experience in river management and flood control?

  • Are you looking to take on a leadership role that has direct contributions to our Taranaki region?

  • Enjoy a rural lifestyle with great options for work life balance!

Mō mātou | About us

We are an enthusiastic staff team at Taranaki Regional Council, helping the region continue to be an enviable place to live, play and do business.

Our main office is based right in the centre of the region, under the Maunga (mountain), in Whakaahurangi (Stratford).

We have 3 beautiful gardens; Pukeiti, Tūpare and Hollard Gardens. Many of our staff work on a daily basis around the region and we are a 35 minute commute from New Plymouth. This region allows you to have all the big city benefits whilst maintaining a rural lifestyle given the relatively quick ability to travel between our towns and the city.

Whakatakanga & Whanonga pono|  Mission & Values

Our mission is to work for a thriving Taranaki by promoting the sustainable use, development and protection of our natural and physical resources, and advocating for the region’s best interests.

We are committed to; public service, a service first approach, improving the quality of our performance, working safely, effective communication and teamwork, Initiative and the right to make mistakes, accountability and results, presentation, respect and care and job satisfaction.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

If you have a practical approach, intuition, and a passion for river management and flood control, we are keen to hear from you even if you have limited experience.  We are able to adapt the role to suit the skills and experience of the successful candidate.  The Council will provide training and development opportunities to the right candidate to support a move to the full Rivers Manager portfolio over time.

The Rivers Manager will be responsible for the Council’s river and flood control activities, functions and responsibilities.  In this integral role, you will undertake investigation, analysis and reporting of engineering matters; particularly river control works, flood protection and mitigation measures.  The Rivers Manager will also provide river and drainage technical advice in relation to consent and compliance matters and in response to requests for advice from landowners.

Mōu | About you

Ideally the successful candidate will have experience in river management, and a recognised tertiary qualification. You will be able to demonstrate proven technical skills and have the ability to think and solve engineering related tasks, as well as be able to navigate legislation and regional plans in as far as they relate to instream activities. Your experience should include contract and project management and the ability to solve on the ground problems and communicate technical solutions and information simply.

We like to set people up for success so you’ll be a leading applicant if you also have:

  • Prior experience with the RMA and regional plans

  • Practical Knowledge of hydrology and open channel flow

What’s on offer?

Taranaki Regional Council is a fantastic place to work! We have a great benefits including:

  • Flexible working options

  • Active social club

  • Long service leave days

  • Induction programmes for every new employee

  • Free car parking

  • Training opportunities within each role

However, the best part is working alongside fantastic people who are truly dedicated to the Taranaki region.

Interested? Here’s how to apply

Apply using the link below, fill out your application form and add your CV and cover letter. Further details on the role can be found below on the Position Description link, or for any other questions please contact Tamsin Moala, People & Wellness Coordinator on (06) 765 7127.

All applications must be made directly through our website -

There is no closing date for this vacancy.  Applications will remain open until a successful candidate is appointed and we reserve the right to close this vacancy when we have received sufficient, suitable applications. Please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To apply for this job, you must have the legal right to be able to work in New Zealand as we are currently not accredited to support applicants via the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

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