Consent Planner

Job No: 117929
Location: Richmond

  • Fantastic opportunities for experienced Consent Planners to grow their career with an innovative and passionate unitary council!
  • Play a meaningful part in shaping the community and environment for the benefit of future generations!
  • Competitive remuneration circa $75,000 - $85,000, commensurate with skills and experience, plus 7% benefits package!
  • Benefits include: Relocation assistance, 5 weeks annual leave, social events throughout the year and more!

About Tasman District Council

The Tasman District Council has the structure and processes of a large organisation, with over 300 employees, but the culture and feel of a smaller one. They provide services for approximately 45,000 residents of the Tasman District area, located on the north of the South Island of New Zealand.

As one of the five unitary councils in New Zealand, they combine the work and obligations of a regional council and a district council into one institution. This enables an end-to-end decision-making and project management process. They are committed to protecting and preserving their exceptional heritage and beautiful environment, whilst working with the community to drive significant social and economic growth.

Tasman District Council plan to continue their work on making the district an innovative, progressive, and culturally diverse place for both current and future residents.

For more information about life in The Tasman District, visit the Council website here.

About the Opportunity

Due to recent growth, Tasman District Council now has a number of opportunities for Consent Planners to join their diverse and supportive team. These roles are being offered on a full-time basis and situated in the picturesque town of Richmond, South Island of New Zealand. 

The priority need is for experienced Natural Resource - Consent Planners, however Council would also welcome applications from individuals with Planning experience in Land Use and Subdivision Consents.

Reporting to the Resource Consents – Team Leader, your primary responsibility will be to give professional advice and technical expertise on regional and earthworks resource consent applications, and to provide advice on matters concerning the Resource Management Act 1991.

Your duties will include (but not be limited to):

  • Researching and preparing reports with recommendations on resource consent applications;
  • Interpreting and maintaining an up-to-date understanding of the requirements of the Resource Management Act;
  • Providing a courteous and timely response to public enquiries on consent issues;
  • Supporting and advising senior members within Council on resource management issues to enable informed decision making;
  • Assessing Building Consent applications for planning compliance and providing planning advice on LIMS (Land Information Memorandum);
  • Undertaking planning enforcement action as required under the Resource Management Act; and
  • Preparing and presenting evidence when required at the Environment and District Courts.

For more information and the full list of responsibilities, please view the position description.

About You

The successful candidates will hold tertiary qualifications in Science, Engineering, Planning or a relevant field, combined with a minimum 2 years’ experience in a Council environment or similar role. 

You will have demonstrated knowledge of Resource Management Act requirements, including consent processing, compliance and plan making, as well as a sound understanding of contaminant and discharge related law and practices.

Additionally, knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Tikanga Maori will be highly regarded, 

You will be confident in your ability to work autonomously with minimal supervision on a variety of tasks and projects, effectively managing competing deadlines whilst staying flexible enough to deal with urgent situations as required. 

Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills will be pivotal to your success in this position. This includes high-level customer service skills, and the ability to engage with both internal and external stakeholders of all levels and all walks of life. You will need the analytical and judgement skills necessary to secure the best planning outcomes and deliver effective problem solving for the local community. 

About the Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a passionate team who are committed to improving an already vibrant and innovative community. 

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will receive an attractive base salary of $75,000 - $85,000, commensurate with your experience. Council is also offering relocation assistance, up to $10,000!

You will also enjoy a range of customisable benefits which include:

  • 5 weeks' annual leave, to explore the beautiful surroundings;
  • Flexible working arrangements; 
  • Social events throughout the year;
  • Medical Insurance; 
  • 10 days' sick leave; and
  • Fleet vehicle, for site visits. 

Council encourages its staff to enhance their capabilities and achieve high levels of performance, and as such ongoing personal and professional development and opportunities for career development will be provided.

Tasman is a vibrant, tight-knit community, and residents enjoy sunshine and the great outdoors. The Tasman District provides plenty of opportunity for you to explore, from mountaineering, camping and hunting, through to horse trekking, boating and fishing. If the outdoors aren't for you, you can sit back and relax at one of the many great restaurants, wineries, cafes, breweries and bars in the region. 

As well as the above, The Tasman District is home to world-class cycle trails suited to all types of riding – from the Richmond Hills Trails to Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, with its perfectly sculpted single track and downhill trails, to Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, a purpose-built family-friendly cycle trail that is part of the National Cycleway. 

If you're ready to tackle a new challenge in a stunning location, with a forward-thinking unitary Council - Apply Now!

Please note: Council is closed for the Christmas period. Suitable candidates will be contacted w/c 6th Jan regarding interview dates.

Please note: Closing date for applications has been extended to 5pm, Monday 20th January, 2020.

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