Project Management Expert Opportunity (fixed term)


  • Do you have an accounting/finance background?
  • Opportunity to help our Scientists manage projects in our Environment Quality team
  • Flexible working policies and training opportunities


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 mountain, in 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 (our staff often car pool). This region allows you to have all the big city benefits whilst maintaining a rural lifestyle given the relatively quick ability to move from one town to the next.  

Environment Quality is one of our four directorates at the Taranaki Regional Council. The team collects, monitors, compiles and assesses a range of data related to different aspects of Taranaki’s environment (ie. climate, air, land and water).

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; public service, a service first approach, improving the quality of our performance, working safely, effective communication and teamwork, Initiative and the right to make mistakes, accountability and results, presentation, respect and care and job satisfaction.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Our seven month fixed term, parental leave cover position of Project Coordinator is responsible for managing projects for the Environmental Quality and Business Information & Technology Services teams. On a day to day basis this role will also provide project support to a team of environmental scientists, maintain and update environmental monitoring projects in the Council’s financial and compliance databases, develop status and analytical reports and develop quality assurance processes. 

This role is full of variety. Collaboration is key with the Environment Quality directorate, the Business, Information & Technology Services team and also wider staff across the Council to manage projects. You will of course be supported in your work by the Manager- Environmental Assurance and the Director- Environment Quality.

Mōu | About you

You will have experience managing projects or budgets and an accounting/finance or IT background is ideal for this role. You will be able to liaise and build rapport with a range of people and enjoy collaborating with multiple staff members. An agile and flexible approach is a must and you will have a keen eye for detail. This role also requires a relevant tertiary qualification (in areas such as Accounting, Finance, IT or Science). 

We like to set people up for success so you'll be a leading applicant if you also have:

  • Ability to collate data and information and the confidence to communicate it in a way stakeholders understand and are willing to engage with
  • Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office suite, MS Project or equivalent software
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Thrive off solution based approaches
Awareness and understanding of the National Environmental Monitoring Standards (NEMS), the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM) would be an advantage but don’t let this stop you from applying.


What’s on offer?

Taranaki Regional Council is a fantastic place to work! We have a great Environment Quality team. We also have:


  • Active social club (functions, supports socially positive initiatives, sports teams)
  • Long service leave days
  • Flexible working options (including WFH policies and flexitime)
  • Induction programmes for every new employee
  • Free car parking on site
  • Training opportunities within each role
  • A wide range of departments with the possibility to broaden your skillset over time
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, fill out your application form and add your CV and cover letter.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Taranaki Regional Council is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace based on different experiences, world views and a desire to learn. So, if you’re excited about this role, but don’t meet the criteria perfectly, we encourage you to reach out anyway.  You might be just who we’re looking for.


Further details on the role can be found below on the Position Description link, or for any other questions please contact our People and Wellness team on (06) 765 7127. Applications must be made directly through our website.


Applications close on 3 March 2024


However, we will be reviewing the applications on a regular basis and reserve the right to start the interview process before applications close, so please be quick to submit your application!

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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Fixed Term

Job no: BCAO47759

Location: Stratford

Closing Date: Sunday, 3 March 2024