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Senior Solicitor - Fixed Term

Environmental Protection Authority
Job Category:
Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Fixed Term Contract
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Job Description

We are looking for a Senior Solicitor to join our busy in-house legal team. This is a 12-month fixed-term position to cover maternity leave.

This is a varied and interesting role where you will contribute to providing high-quality, timely and practical legal advice to the EPA on a wide range of issues.

On a day-to-day basis we collaborate with our scientists, our Māori policy advisers, senior management, central government departments, and the public.

What we're looking for

Our ideal candidate will have over 5 years' experience in a similar role.

We need someone who can provide timely, accurate and solution-focussed legal advice on issues associated with our statutory functions.

You'll be tackling issues such as emissions trading, pesticide use, genetically modified organisms, nationally significant infrastructure projects, and marine consents for oil, gas and seabed mining activities. You'll also provide advice on broader public law issues, including matters relating to the Crown Entities Act, compliance and litigation, as well as on corporate service matters.

Knowledge and experience required

We are looking for someone who:

  • is a qualified barrister and solicitor with a current practicing certificate
  • has a proven background in producing quality legal services, preferably with experience in environmental or public law, or both
  • has a sound understanding of public policy processes and the roles of government agencies
  • is able to provide sound advice in an operational context
  • works collaboratively to develop effective relationships at work
  • has a background or understanding of the enforcement of regulatory frameworks (useful but not essential).

What we can offer you

We have fantastic central city offices on Lambton Quay and offer a range of professional development activities and employee benefits.

In addition, you will be part of a high-performing legal team of eight solicitors within our Strategic and Regulatory Services Group. Your teammates come from diverse backgrounds and the collective knowledge of the team presents a great opportunity to build on your in-house legal experience. 

We have a collegial culture and a strong emphasis on mentoring and collaboration within the team, working across the entire organisation providing advice and support on governance, policy, and operational issues.

Additional information

Please visit our website for the position description and application form.

For additional information please contact Maree Drumm, Assistant HR Advisor, at

Applying for the position

To apply, email a completed application form, a covering letter, and a copy of your CV to

Applications close at 5pm, 23 April 2018

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