Senior Policy Advisor

Posted on 15-Apr-2019  
Application Close Date: 29-Apr-2019
Job Details
Policy & Planning
Position Type:
Permanent - Full Time
Job Reference:
Note clipSenior Policy Advisor Whaitua April 2019.pdf (PDF, 232KB)
Job Description

Application Fact Sheet.pdf (PDF, 252KB)

We have an opportunity for a pivotal role in a key project to develop solutions to improve water quality in the Wellington region.


  • Be responsible for supporting an innovative project to improve water quality in the Wellington Harbour and Hutt River catchments
  • Technical knowledge in freshwater science and/or policy will support the development of effective and enduring solutions
  • Bring alive our purpose of working with iwi, partners and the community for the greater good of the Wellington region


This is a permanent full time position. However, secondment applications will be considered for the right person with an appropriate level of experience in freshwater science and/or policy.


We have an exciting opportunity to join our Environmental Policy department tasked with implementing the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM). The current focus is on developing policies and other methods for improving fresh and marine water quality in the Hutt Valley and Wellington region. Future freshwater management projects include Kapiti and the Wairarapa Coast. You will help integrate technical scientific knowledge with other disciplines to inform regulatory and non-regulatory responses to the NPSFM.


This is an excellent opportunity to apply and hone your policy and science knowledge, project management, and relationship management skills.


We are seeking an outstanding individual who has:


  • Skills and experience in freshwater policy and/or science in a New Zealand setting
  • Skills and experience in integrating information from multiple disciplines to inform decision-making
  • Skills and experience in developing and presenting technical information to a range of audiences including the community
  • An ability to analyse complex resource problems and to collectively develop innovative solutions
  • A reasonable grounding in the Resource Management Act and experience in policy and planning in New Zealand
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in policy, planning, management, economics, social science or environmental science
  • Skills in providing support, advice and mentoring
  • Clear, confident, adaptable communication skills - written and oral
  • An ability to be agile to changing demands
  • An understanding of Te Ao Māori.


To apply for this position please view the job description and apply with a cover letter and CV via the link below.


For further information on the role please contact Tim Sharp, on 021 951 880.


Applications close 29 April 2019