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Senior Resource Management Officer

Job No: 114490
Location: Blenheim

  • Are you an experienced Resource Management Officer or looking to start you career in this field? Join this progressive Council!
  • Base salary circa NZD$70,000 - NZD$92,000 PLUS 5% super, generous leave, relocation & accommodation assistance, health & income protection insurance & more!
  • Enjoy ongoing professional development opportunities, great office location, comprehensive wellness program & a fantastic social environment!

About the Opportunities

Marlborough District Council (MDC) is now seeking a full-time Senior Resource Management Officer to join their team in Blenheim, with capacity for a less experienced Resource Management Officer to join the team.

Reporting to the Resource Consents Manager, this role will see you primarily responsible for processing a wide range of resource consents across multiple areas, to ensure development and activities within Marlborough are provided for in an environmentally sustainable manner. This includes:

  • Reporting on, monitoring, and coordinating development applications to ensure resource consent conditions are met;
  • Writing planning reports, providing evidence, and acting as an expert witness for Resource Consent hearings and the Environment Court;
  • Acting on behalf of Council to ensure that development adheres with statutory provisions and avoids, remedies or mitigates any adverse impact on the environment;
  • Responding to enquiries and correspondence from the public and relevant interest groups, and ensuring that they are provided with ongoing education regarding topical environmental issues and legislation;
  • Undertaking site visits to determine potential effects and observe the surrounding landscape in determining consent applications;
  • Actively engaging and collaborating with other departments and external stakeholders to develop and maintain strong inter-group and inter-departmental relationships; and
  • In the senior position, providing subject area expertise in processing services and stakeholder guidance.

To view the full position description for the Senior Resource Management Officer, please click here.

For the less experienced Resource Management Officer position description, please click here.

About You

MDC is seeking candidates with a degree in Resource Management or relevant tertiary qualifications in Environmental Management. Ideally you will also be an existing member of the New Zealand Planning Institute, or otherwise be eligible and willing to obtain NZPI membership.

For the senior position, you will need significant experience in processing both regional and district consents under the Resource Management Act 1991, and be able to demonstrate an expert knowledge and full proficiency in the application of local and national planning documents. You will also need to have experience in processing both limited and full notified applications through the submission, hearing, and decision phases, and experience in appearing and presenting at the Environment Court.

Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills will be pivotal to your success in either position. This includes high-level customer service skills, and the ability to engage with both internal and external stakeholders from all walks of life. You will have the conflict resolution skills necessary to navigate occasionally difficult situations or discussions, and be an engaging communicator that can respect differing opinions and ensure others feel heard and understood in conversation.

Although you will often be working autonomously, you will have the full multi-disciplinary support of Marlborough District Council, and will need to be open to asking for expertise and advice from others, both internal and external, if required. Similarly, you will be willing and able to share your knowledge and experience with your team and other departments as needed.

Due to the nature of these positions you will need to be both willing and physically able to conduct site visits in often difficult terrain or environments. You will need a current valid Drivers License, preferably with manual driving capability, and will be provided with 4 wheel drive training to facilitate these visits.

Package & Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to take on a new challenge and further your career within a thriving Council.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive base salary circa NZD $70,000 - $92,000 (negotiable with skills and experience) plus a range of additional benefits including:

  • 5% super (matching employee contribution);
  • 5 weeks' annual leave;
  • Flexible hours;
  • 10 days' sick leave;
  • Fleet vehicle;
  • Relocation assistance;
  • Accommodation assistance;
  • Health and income protection insurance; and
  • A wellness program to support your health, wellbeing, and financial security

Council offices are modern and open plan, with the belief that this environment improves functionality and workflow, allowing for improved communication and productivity. The main office building is situated in the CBD, amongst cafés and shops. 30 seconds is all it takes to be in town meeting friends and family for lunch.

Marlborough is a unique district, with a small, friendly population and large geographic footprint encompassing a mix of regional and urban areas. More than 65% of New Zealand's wine comes from this region, and it is home to several endemic species plus the famous Marlborough Sounds.

You will be joining a close-knit team that regularly enjoy each other's company. The social club brings staff together in a relaxed atmosphere for Friday night drinks and other organised events, including mid-year and end of year celebrations.

In addition, MDC encourages professional development, ongoing training, and career progression. You will have the opportunity to take control of your own growth and skill enhancement with Council support, including access to seminars and conferences. 

The above are just some of the many amazing benefits of working for MDC - it's no wonder tenure is so high, with many employees having been on board for 25+ years!

About Marlborough District Council

Marlborough District Council is made up of a diverse workforce who pride themselves on providing a safe and healthy workplace. As a Unitary Authority, MDC provides unique opportunities for their people to learn and grow across a wide range of functions.

MDC’s values and behaviours are based on Respect, Professionalism and Integrity. Council is committed to an environment that supports professional development, an equal opportunities workplace, and a positive culture.

Over the next decade, Marlborough will become a globally-connected district of progressive, high value enterprise, known for its economic efficiency, quality lifestyle, desirable location and natural environment. Marlborough will be “Smart and Connected”.

Further your Resource Management career with this progressive Council - Apply Now!

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