Kaitohutohu Mātāmua | Principal Advisor | Wellington

Ministry for the Environment

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Exciting work programme
  • Supportive and inclusive team
  • Flexible working approach 

Join our amazing team and use your skills in a way that will make a difference to all New Zealanders and our environment.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Aotearoa New Zealand and the world are waking up to the problems being created by our current approach to managing waste.

The Ministry for the Environment – Manatū Mō Te Taiao is responsible for leading the Government's work in this challenging area, which has major implications for our environment, economy and how we live our lives.

The Waste and Resource Efficiency Division of the Ministry is expanding to meet this challenge through an ambitious and cutting-edge work programme. There is the potential for world-leading work in reviewing the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and the New Zealand Waste Strategy. Other work in the Division covers rethinking plastics, product stewardship, container refund scheme, the next steps in recycling, and more.

We are looking for a Principal Advisor.  You will have the opportunity to lead the revision of the Waste Minimisation Act, work alongside colleagues reviewing the Waste Strategy and assist in the broader policy work programme of the Waste and Resource Efficiency Division. You will work with Treaty partners and key stakeholders on this exciting work programme. 

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

Our ideal candidate will bring:

  • strong understanding of central government processes, including Cabinet decision-making and legislative processes
  • strong experience in leading policy development and design
  • high interpersonal skills to build networks, develop partnerships and problem solve issues
  • ability to work closely with multiple stakeholders on multiple projects and maintain a strong focus on quick turnaround of quality advice and information
  • competency in Te Ao Māori and tikanga
  • ability to take responsibility for and lead pieces of work, to distil clarity out of ambiguity, and to manage time and competing priorities effectively.

Mō mātou | About us 

The Ministry's purpose - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation. 

We offer:

  • a flexible by default approach to support your work-life balance
  • agile working, allowing you variety and challenges across the organisation as we work as ‘One MfE'
  • generous leave entitlements
  • training to competently and effectively engage with Māori as our Treaty Partner, this includes te reo me ona tikanga Māori courses
  • active social club and employee networks, including a Māori staff network
  • opportunities for development and education.          

A key priority for the Ministry is te ao Māori.  We continue to strengthen our partnerships with Māori and iwi, which underpin our ability to succeed. Reflecting the Crown-Māori relationship under Te Tiriti o Waitangi in our environmental policy is our daily kaupapa.

We embrace diversity and inclusion and are committed to equal opportunities. What's important to us is ‘he rau kotahi tangata' – embracing our multiple talents – by harnessing our diversity and being inclusive. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds.

As a flexible friendly employer we are happy to discuss flexible options that may work for you and the business.  We value and care about enabling our people to work in a way that means they can work at their best. 

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter.  Note: your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role.     

If you require further information about the role please contact Glenn Wigley on glenn.wigley@mfe.govt.nz

Salary range: $148,206 to $186,317 pa.  Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.  

Applications close:  Thursday 4 March 2021


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