Environmental Planner - Consents

We are looking for an Environmental Planner to join our Consents section at the Taranaki Regional Council. This position is permanent full time.


Mō mātou | About us

We are an enthusiastic bunch of people at Taranaki Regional Council, helping the region continue to be an enviable place to live, play and do business. 

Our main office is based right in the centre of the region, under the Maunga (mountain), in Whakaahurangi (Stratford).

We have 3 beautiful gardens; Pukeiti, Tūpare and Hollard Gardens. Many of our staff work on a daily basis around the region and we are a 35 minute commute from New Plymouth. This region allows you to have all the big city benefits whilst maintaining a rural lifestyle given the relatively quick ability to travel between our towns and the city.


Whakatakanga & Whanonga pono|  Mission & Values

Our mission is to work for a thriving Taranaki by promoting the sustainable use, development and protection of our natural and physical resources, and advocating for the region’s best interests.

We are committed to providing a service first approach to the public and regional community, and in doing so aim to continue to better the quality of our performance while working safely, sustaining effective communication and teamwork, having the initiative and right to make mistakes, holding accountability for improvement, being results-driven, and holding high job satisfaction.


Mō te tūnga | About the role

The responsibilities of this role involve assisting in the sustainable management of the Taranaki Region through investigating, evaluating, and advising upon consent applications to the Council under the Resource Management Act (1991) and National Environmental Standards, including the preparation of reports and associated documentation. Duties will also include communication with resource consent applicants and tangata whenua partners and advising Council in hearings and meetings.

This role reports to the Team Leader – Resource Consents.


Mōu | About you

Ideally the successful candidate will have a tertiary qualification in Environmental Sciences, Planning, Resource Management, or other similar field as well as experience (3 years) in the consents process, preferably in a similar work environment. Initiative and a positive attitude is paramount for this role. We like to set people up for success so you’ll be a leading applicant if you also have:

  • Practical knowledge of the Resource Management Act 1991
  • Common knowledge of software applications, or quick to learn them
  • Ability to multitask and thrive in a bustling work environment
  • Analytical problem solving skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work both unsupervised and as part of a team


What’s on offer?

Taranaki Regional Council is a fantastic place to work! We have a great Consents directorate with many staff perks including:

  • Active social club
  • Flexible working options
  • Induction programmes for every new employee
  • Free car parking
  • Training opportunities within each role

However, the best part is working alongside fantastic people who are truly dedicated to the Taranaki region.

Interested? Here’s how to apply

Click on the ‘apply’ button below, fill out your application form and add your CV and cover letter. Further details on the role can be found below on the Position Description link, or for any other questions please contact Erin Cvitanovich, Recruitment Advisor  on (06) 765 7127.

Applications must be made directly through this website. 

There is no closing date for this vacancy.  Applications will remain open until a successful candidate is appointed and we reserve the right to close this vacancy when we have received sufficient, suitable applications. Please submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To apply for this job, you must have the legal right to be able to work in New Zealand as we are currently not accredited to support applicants via the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).


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Permanent Full Time

Job no: INAK27586

Location: Stratford

Closing Date: Friday, 1 December 2023