Environmental Scientist – Wetland Ecology

Do you want to work for the present and future benefit of a prosperous and vibrant region with a high quality natural environment? At Taranaki Regional Council, our mission is to responsibly and effectively promote the sustainable use, development and protection of Taranaki’s natural and physical resources while representing and advocating Taranaki’s regional interests.  

We have an opportunity for an Environmental Scientist – Wetland Ecology in this newly created role to join the team and to make a meaningful contribution to the day-to-day lives of many people in the Taranaki region. This role will be responsible for providing the Council with technical input, from a wetland ecology perspective, into biodiversity and biosecurity management functions.

You will be focused on providing significant technical input on operational activities and implementing Council’s wetland monitoring programmes. Providing technical input into state of the environment, compliance monitoring and resource consent investigations and policy and plan development.

You will need a relevant post-graduate qualification and ideally five years practical and relevant experience. You will be skilled at a range of field techniques in wetland monitoring and management and an understanding of the Resource Management Act 1991 and Biosecurity Act 1993.This is an exciting opportunity to really make your mark and help shape the development of wetland ecology in the Taranaki region.

The Council is a busy environment and your strong methodical problem-solving capability enables you to identify and forward manage risk to produce strong technical wetland ecology advice. You will need to be versatile, resourceful and have exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to identify a wide range of wetland flora, both indigenous and exotic
  • Accuracy and meticulous attention to detail
  • Practical knowledge of wetland ecology and how that relates to Council operations
  • Ability to manage multiple jobs


Taranaki Regional Council offers an attractive workplace in a friendly and supportive environment. The job description is available by clicking on the link below.  For any further information, please call Karen Smylie, HR Manager on (06) 765 7127. 

Applications close on Monday 25 January 2021 and must be made directly through this website


  The Council is committed to the concept of equal employment opportunities.



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Permanent Full Time

Job no: LXAL07401

Location: Stratford

Closing Date: Monday, 25 January 2021