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Company Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
Location Wellington, Wellington
Listed Fri 11 Oct, 3:44 pm
Type Full time, Permanent
Senior Advisor– Technical support, Land & Oceans Applications

We are looking for a Senior Advisor to contribute to the best practice delivery of regulatory decision making by the EPA for activities provided for by the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 and the Resource Management Act 1991. Such contributions include providing support and advice on applications, both technical and procedural. We work closely with oil and gas operators, sea bed mining companies, marine science institutions and a wide range of other government agencies.

We value your knowledge and experience

In this role you will need to be a regulatory specialist, with a high level of experience and detailed knowledge of the marine environment and/or oil, gas or mining industries. A good understanding of the resource management sector, legislation and processes would also be advantageous.

Our small team works collegially and collaboratively. Being agile enables us to manage competing priorities while remaining disciplined under pressure given our demanding timeframes.  The successful applicant will need to be highly organised, and possess the ability to manage and process large amounts of technical information. This work is important to manage the environmental effects of activities undertaken in the land and ocean environments, for the good of New Zealand.

What we’re looking for

The successful applicant for the role will be focused on supporting decision-making under the EEZ 2012 and RMA 1991 Acts by providing either process or technical support. We are looking for someone who has:

Has a tertiary qualification in planning, natural sciences, engineering, environmental management, or a general degree with in-depth industry or regulatory experience
Has a strong technical background in oil, gas or mining industries or resource management;
Has broad experience working with different stakeholders/users at all levels across government, the public and private sectors;
Has a working knowledge of offshore industries or regulatory frameworks;
Has a working knowledge of methods and techniques pertaining to risk assessment and risk management processes;
Can analyse information and provide evidence-based findings to senior management, decision-makers, and the Minister;
Is accurate and systematic and great at working within existing processes and systems;
Has excellent communication skills, including the ability to clearly convey complex or highly technical information;
Is experienced and comfortable working to deadlines and with ambiguity;
Develops and maintains productive relationships with external parties; and

What we can offer you
This is a permanent position based in our central city offices on Lambton Quay. The role provides plenty of variety, with interesting and challenging opportunities in a positive work environment.

The EPA values its employees, and takes pride in offering a great working environment, lots of professional development, and in supporting work-life balance. Some of the benefits of working with us include on-site weekly Maori language lessons and regular workshops to develop staff understanding and appreciation of Te Ao Maori, as well as frequent talks on a variety of topics from fascinating external speakers.

We also have a range of staff groups, from gardening to adventure running, that cater to the diverse interests of our staff. In addition to these great benefits at work, we also offer our staff extra leave on top of the standard legislative requirements. Check out the careers section of our website for more information at

Additional information
For a copy of the job description, please visit our careers site or apply for this position to be directed there. For additional information please contact Annabelle Murphy, HR Business Partner, at

Applying for the positions
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Applications close at 5pm, Friday 25 October 2019