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Team Leader - Freshwater & Coastal


We are looking for a Team Leader –Freshwater & Coastal to lead a team of dedicated scientists at the Taranaki Regional Council. This position is permanent full time.

Mō mātou | About us

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

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.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Leading a team of dedicated scientists at Taranaki Regional Council the Team Leader – Freshwater & Coastal will be instrumental in the coordination and delivery of state of environment monitoring and reporting programmes, and science research and investigations.

Managing various activities across the team including:

  • Supervising day to day management of freshwater ecology/biology, lake and coastal state of environment monitoring and reporting programmes

  • Mentoring and developing scientists to ensure the timely delivery of technically robust and comprehensive compliance reporting

  • Managing scientist workloads and identifying applicable training and development needs

  • Seeking and driving proactive solutions to environmental problems

  • Engaging with iwi/hapū, the science community, and a range of internal and external stakeholders to drive improvement in environmental monitoring and reporting

  • Providing technical advice that aligns with best practice and based on sound knowledge of science methods and approaches, and current policy and legislation

  • Interpreting and effectively communicating complex science to a range of audiences

As team leader you are responsible for building capability, setting clear expectations, and providing mentoring and development opportunities. Of course there will also be guidance and support from other team leaders, Manager – Science & Technology and the Director – Environment Quality.

Mōu | About you

You will bring professionalism and versatility to the team, creating an environment where people are supported and feel proud about the work they do.  We like to set people up for success so you’ll be a leading applicant if you also have:

  • Proven experience in people management with the desire and enthusiasm to build a positive team culture

  • Demonstrable experience in environmental science monitoring and reporting, and research and investigations, preferably in a local government environment

  • Resourcefulness and resilience with exceptional communication and cultural intelligence skills

  • High level of professional and technical knowledge of environmental monitoring techniques, data analysis and technical report writing

  • An ability to interface between science and policy, and communicate complex science and information effectively to a range of audiences

  • An appreciation and understanding of Māori cultural and spiritual values

  • Ability to think strategically and take an organisation-wide perspective

  • A strong understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991, national policy  statements, regulations and standards, and other relevant legislation

  • A post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline or relevant experience.

What’s on offer?

Taranaki Regional Council is a fantastic place to work! We have a great Environment Quality team. We do offer job training opportunities as well as the programmes to assist further career development.  We have an active social club, long service leave days, and many other perks.  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 in the Position Description, or for any other questions please contact Karen Smylie, HR Manager on (06) 765 7127.

Applications close on Monday 14th February 2022 and must be made directly through the application link.

Please note, all new employees to the Taranaki Regional Council must be able to provide proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we have received sufficient applications. Please submit your applications as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The Council is committed to the concept of equal employment opportunities.

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