Senior Coastal Consent Planner


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Are you an expert in the RMA and the coastal environment and aquiculture? Tasman District Council are looking for someone to be our new coastal consenting expert.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a passionate team who are committed to improving an already vibrant and innovative community.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will receive an attractive base salary of $75,000 - $90,000, commensurate with your experience. Council is also offering relocation assistance of up to $10,000!

Appointment at an intermediate or graduate planner level will be considered for the right candidate.

Reporting to the Resource Consents Team Leader, your primary role will be processing resource consents applications and monitoring coastal marine activities, particularly aquaculture, coastal protection works and moorings, as well as other natural resources. You will also provide expert technical advice on coastal management under the Resource Management Act 1991, and provide technical leadership to the natural resources team.

About you:

The successful candidates will hold a tertiary qualification in Science, Engineering, Planning or a relevant field, combined with a minimum 5 years' of relevant experience in a similar role.

You will have demonstrated knowledge of Resource Management Act requirements, including consent processing, compliance and plan making, as well as a sound understanding of contaminant and discharge practices and related law including the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act and Fisheries Act. Additionally, knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Tikanga Maori will be highly regarded.

You will be confident in your ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision on a variety of tasks and projects, effectively managing competing deadlines whilst staying flexible enough to deal with urgent situations as required.

Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills will be pivotal to your success in this position. This includes high-level customer service skills, and the ability to engage with both internal and external stakeholders of all levels and walks of life. You will need the analytical and judgement skills necessary to secure the best planning outcomes and deliver effective problem solving for the local community while understanding the bigger picture.

About the benefits:

  • Up to 5 weeks' annual leave, to explore the beautiful surroundings;
  • Additional leave to be taken during the Christmas closedown
  • Enrolment into the Local Government superannuation scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements;
  • Social events throughout the year;
  • Medical Insurance;
  • 10 days' sick leave.

Council encourages its staff to enhance their capabilities and achieve high levels of performance, and as such ongoing personal and professional development and opportunities for career development will be provided.

Tasman is a vibrant, tight-knit community, and residents enjoy sunshine and the great outdoors. The Tasman District provides plenty of opportunity for you to explore, from mountaineering, camping and hunting, through to horse trekking, boating and fishing. If the outdoors aren't for you, you can sit back and relax at one of the many great restaurants, wineries, cafes, breweries and bars in the region.

As well as the above, The Tasman District is home to world-class cycle trails suited to all types of riding - from the Richmond Hills Trails to Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, with its perfectly sculpted single track and downhill trails, to Tasman's Great Taste Trail, a purpose-built family-friendly cycle trail that is part of the National Cycleway.

If you're ready to tackle a new challenge in a stunning location, with a forward-thinking unitary Council - apply now!

Applications Close: 26 Feb 2020

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