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The West Coast Region (Te Kaunihera Whakakotahi o Te Tai Poutini) extends over a distance of 600 km from Kahurangi Point in the north to Awarua Point in the south. The fifth largest region in New Zealand, it is bounded in the east by the Southern Alps and in the west by the Tasman Sea. Nature has endowed the Region with a spectacular environment, with over 80 per cent of the land area under Department of Conservation stewardship.

Within this vast natural setting, the West Coast Regional Council plays a pivotal role in managing the environment from an economic, social, cultural and sustainability perspective. This ensures the community and its future generations will continue to appreciate the work opportunities, environment, spectacular outdoors and life balance offered in this stunning part of New Zealand.

Job Description

This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations and line management of all Hydrology and Flood Warning council functions. With a post-graduate degree or higher in science or engineering and a minimum of 6 years work experience, you will bring valuable technical scientific expertise as well as leadership and management experience to this role.

Your ability to thrive under a wide range of situations involving change, stress and conflict will set you apart and give you the ability to keep yourself and your team cool, calm and collected.  With the recent weather events now is an exciting time to be joining our organisation you will be able to put your skills and knowledge to the test.

In return we can offer a supportive workplace, a beautiful work location, a fun team, and a varied and challenging workload.  Here at the West Coast Regional Council, you will be given opportunities to contribute, to grow and to develop your career.

We can offer:

  • A competitive salary

  • A workplace that provides flexibility and growth

  • A positive and encouraging environment

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Post graduate degree or higher in relevant field (Hydrology, Earth Science, Physical Geography, Engineering or Water Resources)

  • Minimum of 6-10 years equivalent work experience.

  • Demonstrable technical expertise in a range of scientific knowledge, methodologies, systems, and technologies

  • Staff training mentoring experience

  • Leadership and management experience

This a role where gumboots, wet weather gear and a sense of humour is a must!

The West Coast Regional Council has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that requires all new staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the protection of all staff and members of the public.  Prior to commencement in any role at the West Coast Regional Council you must be fully vaccinated, and your Vaccine Pass will need to be sighted.

If this position sounds like it is an excellent match for your skills and expertise, then please apply today.  A full job description is available here.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit.

Position closes 27/06/2022

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