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Senior Biosecurity Advisor - Plants

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Employer:  Auckland Council
Job Type:  Permanent Full Time
Auckland, New Zealand (Show on map)
  • Get exposure across a range of different species and programs across a wide range of environmental areas
  • Have the opportunity to innovate, design and develop pest plant biosecurity strategies across the entire Auckland region.
  • Be at the forefront of making an active, positive contribution to Auckland’s natural environmental
  • Enjoy the benefits of working in a flexible, supportive and high performing work environment.

The opportunity

2018/19 is an exciting time for our Environmental Services department as we invest in new suite of programmes ranging from pest control in parks, to kauri dieback, to increasing community-led conservation action. With this significant new investment in protecting the environment funded through the Natural Environment Targeted Rate, we have a range of great opportunities to join us.

We’re looking for an experienced technical plant advisor to develop and manage biosecurity projects that achieve the effective implementation of the Natural Environment Targeted Rate and the Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP). In this role, you’ll be responsible for protecting the investments in our parks and buffer weed programmes. You’ll engage directly with private landowners and contractors who are responsible for delivering these programmes. You’ll use your strategic and analytical skills to design and deliver plant focussed control at a landscape level and write technical and management reports and assessments.

About you

You’re a technical plant expert that’s able to develop and manage projects specialising in eradication species with the ability to innovate, investigate, trial and develop control methodologies. You’ll have a high degree of plant weed knowledge, comfortable to provide plant advice across biosecurity programmes. A natural collaborator, we will value your strong relationship building skills as you will be working with the wider council family, iwi and landowners to achieve shared outcomes. You’ll also have a qualification in a related discipline and/or equivalent work experience in ecosystem management.

What we offer

You will enjoy being part of our expert, committed and capable Environmental Services team.   Our priority is providing the best possible working environment for our staff which includes a focus on employee wellbeing and career progression opportunities.   Joining Environmental Services will provide you with the opportunity to work across the whole council family, with our mana whenua partners, community groups, private landowners, schools, non-government organisations and central government to support best practice conservation practices and outcomes. This is a once in a career opportunity to be part of an exciting programme of work which will improve Auckland’s precious natural environment for current and future generations.  

You can expect a competitive salary and work in a flexible and supportive work environment.  You’ll also have access to a range of fantastic Auckland Council benefits, including discounted Leisure Centre membership and a range of other partnership discounts.

Take the next step in your career and embrace this fantastic opportunity to leave your legacy on Auckland!  Apply now via the link.

Applications close 23rd September 2018.

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This role is safety sensitive and requires pre-employment drug testing.  A full driver's license is a requirement.

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.



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