Senior RMA Planner | Hamilton

Posted on 16-Jun-2021
Application close date: 21-Jun-2021
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The Department of Conservation's vision is for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth. It is responsible for some of the most important issues facing New Zealand – how to look after our unique environment in a way that benefits current and future generations. It grapples with issues as challenging as maintaining our unique taonga species and providing for the increasing number of tourists coming to visit our beautiful places.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

Building on your technical knowledge and experience in RMA planning, there will be opportunities for you to advocate for positive conservation outcomes through RMA processes across Aotearoa.  You'll be contributing to planning and consenting projects nationally, spanning across coastal and freshwater as well as indigenous biodiversity.  Your expertise will be called on to give advice to the Minister of Conservation and the Director-General, as well as presenting expert evidence at Environment Court hearings. 

You will work closely with the Technical, Legal and Policy teams to provide support from an RMA perspective and to ensure cross-organisational teams are successful with the implementation of resource management objectives and policies.

You will share your expertise with other RMA team members, act as a mentor to junior staff, and be part of an engaged, high performing national team.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

As a Senior RMA Planner you will have exceptional written and oral communication skills, and be a team player with a focus on securing innovative conservation outcomes.  Working alongside others is crucial in this role so you will need to be able to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of people both internally and externally. 


Specialist skills and experience

  • Tertiary qualification in planning, resource management, law or environmental science
  • 7+ years practical experience working with the RMA
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, engagement and relationship management skills
  • Training and mentoring junior staff
  • Personal attributes including resilience and flexibility, and being delivery focussed


Along with recently being awarded New Zealand's second most attractive employer (first in the public service!) people like working for us because we offer:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general travel and accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above.

For any enquiry, please contact Amy Robinson at or phone 027-567-2408, quoting Senior RMA Planner 500/100511

Applications close at Monday 21 June 2021.

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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