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Senior Environmental Officer

NZ Defence Force
Job Category:
Science and Environment
Manawatu - Wanganui - Palmerston North
Manawatu - Wanganui
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Fixed Term Contract
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Job Description

What you will do

In this role you will become a member of the Defence Estate & Infrastructure (DEI) Environment Services (ES) team.  This team, is responsible for ensuring that development and management of the Defence estate complies with all resource consents, relevant legislation and policy, mitigates environmental risk and integrates environmental best practice into construction and development activities.

This fixed term role has been established specifically to support major redevelopment projects and activities with the main focus being the Air Surveillance and Maritime Patrol (ASMP) capability at RNZAF Base Ohakea.  This is a technical role where you will be a key playing in the environmental work related to the ongoing use, regeneration and transformation of the Defence Estate (specifically Ohakea).

Typically a day in this role will involve programme/project management, providing advice and working with NZ Defence Force personnel, the internal and external ASMP programme/project teams, engaging and liaising with internal and external stakeholders (including local and regional councils, Iwi, etc), contracting and managing specialist contractors, environmental compliance and  reporting.  

This is a very busy role in which you will become an integral part of the Environmental Services team. The team are supportive and are like-minded professionals who are passionate about the work they do.

What we need

We are seeking a person with extensive experience in environmental, resource management, environmental engineering and/or planning within a diverse organisation.  You will have exceptional organisation skills and the ability to juggle multiple tasks with conflicting priorities.  As already mentioned this is a busy role and on occasion it can be reactive, therefore, sometimes it will be a case of rolling up your sleeves and helping out.  A ‘can do' attitude is vital.

In terms of experience we are ideally looking for an ‘all rounder' or environmental generalist.  If you are a person who has experience working across a wide portfolio of environmental projects then this role will suit you. 

As an environmental professional you will have a good appreciation and understanding of natural eco-systems, environment management and compliance systems.  This aligns with extensive working knowledge and experience in relation to New Zealand's environmental legislation, environmental management systems and associated environmental matters including areas like earthworks and sediment control, three waters management, contaminated land, biosecurity, ecology, heritage and sustainability (e.g. waste management).

You will have a good understanding of the structure and operation of both local and regional councils.  Your outstanding communication and relationship skills, coupled with your ability to deal with complex issues and apply problem solving techniques, will facilitate your success in this position.

You love what you do and will bring energy, self-motivation and flexibility to this role.  In return you are offered the opportunity to work across a diverse range of environmental issues in a complex and interesting environment. 

There is a requirement to travel around New Zealand in this role, in particular between NZDF Headquarters in Wellington and Ohakea/Linton in the Manawatu, therefore can be based in Central NZ or Wellington.

This is a fixed term role with an expiry date of 30 June 2022.

Who we are

NZDF is undertaking a major regeneration programme developing the Defence Estate in order to achieve our overarching aim of delivering an integrated Defence Force. The Defence Estate is where our personnel live, work and train and comprises of 81,000ha of land, property and infrastructure assets valued at $4.7bn. 

As a team, DEI is responsible for developing and maintaining these assets to support military capabilities and outcomes.  Our purpose is to deliver and manage a high quality, sustainable estate that supports our people now and in the future. This is one of New Zealand's largest regeneration and development programmes. 

DEI Environment Services provides advice, oversight and planning in relation to NZDF's environmentally responsible management of the estate portfolio. 

NZDF wants your talent to help us achieve our goals and missions and deliver this exciting programme.  This is your opportunity to make your mark, adding value to a diverse and dynamic organisation. We take pride in our work as stewards of the Defence Estate, entrusted to us by the New Zealand public.

Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand.  As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice. 

Why Us

DEI Environmental Services is a relatively small and passionate team who are committed and professional.  By joining our team you are making a great career decision. 

Total remuneration for this role is $100,114 to $123,670 inclusive of the 4% employer superannuation contribution. 

We offer five weeks annual leave, coupled with great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF.  Click on link to check them out!

How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to apply online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page. For further information, Kate Leydon on 021 927 064.  Please advise that you are querying about the Senior Environmental Officer role. 
Please note: If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.

Applications close Wednesday 28 August 2018.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for.  The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Low level Security Clearance

Most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last five (5) years, OR

Is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one of more of the following countries for the last five (5) years; either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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