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Principal Consents Planner

Environment Canterbury
Christchurch Christchurch Canterbury, New Zealand
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 15, 2023

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Full Time
Technical leadership role influencing resource management
Live, Work, and Play in the stunning Canterbury Region
Newly adjusted competitive salaries & flexible working options

Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha │ About Environment Canterbury

Waitaha - our Canterbury region - is like no other and we are proud to call it home. We are privileged to be working with Ngā Papatipu Rūnanga, stakeholders, and our wider community to protect our environment, including water, land, and air through regulation and planning. As a Regional Council, we're responsible for flood protection, public transport, civil defence, and more.

Together we're taking action to shape a thriving and resilient Canterbury, now and for future generations. Toitū te marae o Tāne, toitū te marae o Tangaroa, toitū te tangata, If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

Kōrero mō te Tūranga | About the Role

The Principal Consents Planner plays a critical role, providing technical and planning expertise and leadership within the Consents Section. You'll support the development of team members by mentoring and coaching to build the capability of technical expertise across the Consents section, whilst remaining in a hands-on capacity.

You'll have a working understanding of Māori Rights in the Resource Management Framework and a sound understanding/previous training in Te Tiritī o Waitangi and the obligations and requirements of local government to Te Tiriti.

More about the role:

Make legally defensible decisions on applications for resource consent
Train consent planners/team members on the delivery of best consenting outcomes
Support the development of resource management plans
Processing of complex consents

This is a permanent full-time position based in Christchurch, talk to us about flexible working options that work for you. The indicative salary range for this role is 100K - $130K.

Mōu │ About You

Ideally, you'll be tertiary qualified in, Planning, Natural Resources, Environmental Management, or other relevant discipline, and enjoy leading and developing others. You'll be a strong communicator, someone that connects easily with the community, customers, members of your team, and key stakeholders. You'll be a natural collaborator drawing people together and building trust as you guide and mentor.

More about you:

Postgraduate qualification in Resource Management, Natural Science or Planning field is desirable
Minimum of 10 years experience in a planning/resource management field
Working understanding of Māori Rights in the Resource Management Framework
Evidence of policy-making or decision-making with Rūnanga, Iwi, hapū, whānau
An understanding of Māori from a pre and post-settlement context
Extensive knowledge and experience working in relevant legislation relating to Local Government and the Resource Management Act or its replacement
Environment Court experience is highly desirable
Navigate and pivot to enable positive environmental outcomes
Experience linking people, work, and processes
Coaching, developing, and growing the capability of others

Strong decision-making and analytical ability

If you're excited about this opportunity but you feel your experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage your application.

Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Kaunihera Taiao ki Waitaha | Working at Environment Canterbury

Our values underpin everything we do. We understand and embrace a diverse workforce; this diversity will enable us to better serve our people, our community, and our greatest taonga, the environment. We value everyone's contribution, diverse thinking, and skills.

We're on a journey to become a treaty partner of excellence, including incorporating te ao Māori into our work. We offer supportive opportunities to develop capability in this area and encourage our people to use kaupapa Māori, mātauranga Māori, and te reo Māori in our daily work. We welcome you with an open heart & mind, wherever you are on your personal te ao Māori journey.

To find out more about us and the mahi we do - click here.

Applications close on Wednesday, 13 December. We encourage you to register your interest early. We will be reviewing applications as we receive them and reserve the right to close the advertising early.

Short-listed candidates will be required to complete an interview process, reference checks and a criminal check. Further background checking will be required when relevant to the role.

Me mahi tahi tātou - Together we can
Principal Consent Planner

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