New Zealand nationals: Team Leader Hydrology/Hydrogeology

Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC)
Napier, New Zealand
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC) is the regional authority for the Hawke's Bay region in New Zealand with key roles in environmental management; flood control, drainage, pollution, waste, land, water and coastal management. Supporting approximately 160,000 residents, Council's vision is to enable a healthy environment, vibrant communities and a prosperous economy. 

Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine and delicious fruit. As well as being a popular stop on numerous NZ wine tours, Hawke's Bay is also known as an art deco city, having been rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake.

There is also an extensive network of high quality off-road recreational walkways and cycleways to suit all fitness levels, boutique artisan food stores, and a variety of museums and galleries. The Kaweka Ranges and many forest parks provide fun opportunities including tramping, fishing, mountain biking, hunting, rafting, kayaking and more.

With glorious beaches and a family-friendly community, the Hawke's Bay region is as welcoming as it is unique, with universal appeal for people from all walks and stages of life

The Hawke’s Bay economy was thriving prior to Covid-19 lockdown and is one of the country’s best positioned regions for recovery. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is resourced for significant environmental projects including a multi-million dollar regional water security programme.

About the opportunity:

We are looking for a highly motivated individual, with demonstrated expertise in freshwater science and people management, who is committed to supporting their team and delivering great outcomes for the Hawke’s Bay region.

You will be leading a talented team of five scientists to deliver technical knowledge that informs resource management decisions on:

  • Surface water flows and allocations for abstraction
  • Groundwater resources and abstraction
  • Groundwater quality

About you:

The ideal person for this role will be a strategic people leader who thrives at the interface between science and policy, to help communities resolve conflicts between instream and abstractive water requirements. You will have proven success interpreting complex analyses for technical and non-expert audiences, with a focus on providing strategic direction to water quantity management in Hawke’s Bay. You will also have:

  • A leadership style that enables collaboration and trust within the team
  • Ability to think strategically and bring others along on your vision
  • Ability to take a high level view and bring together a diverse range of disciplines and skills
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to build productive working relationships and work collaboratively
  • Experience in delivering high quality scientific information that has impact
  • A relevant post-graduate qualification and at least 5 years applicable experience
  • Excellent report writing and good presentation skills

The salary range for suitable candidates that meet the requirements for this role is $103,680 - $112,896 depending on qualifications and experience.

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