Policy Analyst

At the Otago Regional Council (ORC), our mission is ‘for our future’. We’re here to protect and enhance the environment and enable our communities to do the same. To be sure we can deliver on our responsibilities, we are evolving as an organisation, and we’re not overstating when we say we have some really big targets to reach. We need the right people, in the right roles, to help us to get there.

The Opportunity

Our Policy and Planning team have a new opportunity for a Graduate Policy Analyst to be joining us on our journey to working towards and implementing policy initiatives across both Otago and New Zealand. You will be working alongside experts in their fields with a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw from.

This role is diverse and requires you to be working at six-month intervals across three different dedicated groups; Fresh Water and Land, Urban Growth and Development, and the Regional Policy Statement, Air and Coast. Understanding the foundations of legislation and policy, and the ability to transfer and apply that knowledge across the various groups will be essential. The projects we have currently underway are the first of its kind in terms of policy, so you will be participating in work that is at the forefront of leading change nationally.

You will be kept busy, challenged and engaged in your duties with a main part of this role supporting and assisting our Senior Resource Planner Liaison with consideration of applications where ORC has been determined to be an affected party, or when we need to submit on national or local legislation. Other duties include ensuring Resource Management Plans are kept up to date and publicly available, participating in summarising of submissions to meet statutory timeframes and some engagement with stakeholders.

Your strong relationship building and communication skills with a wide demographic will be needed as you will, at times, be required to be externally facing; from dealing with stakeholders and presenting to council one day, then attending a community meeting the next. You need to have an awareness that our work directly effects, and impacts people’s lives within our region’s communities, and know that we keep this in mind in the decisions and outcomes we make.

About You

This is an unparalleled learning opportunity to join our team of people that are welcoming, helpful and open. In return you will be inquisitive and hold no objections in asking questions to gain a better understanding, a critical thinker with strong researching skills, and a team player who is solution focused that will enjoy working towards our common goal of benefiting our environment and community.

You will also have:

  • A tertiary qualification (or studying towards) in environmental management / resource management, or social policy
  • A desire to work towards gaining a membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute
  • Some knowledge of the Resource Management Act 1991, and consent or plan development processes.

Some reasonable scheduled weekend work may be required at times, and there may be evening meetings you will need to attend (such as community meetings). Travel around the region may also be required at times. You will be made aware of these in advance with adequate notice.

If you are looking for a great starting point in a policy and planning career and meet the aforementioned, then apply today!

Position Description

We think Otago’s a pretty special place. It covers a vast area – the third largest local government region in New Zealand. Those who call Otago home enjoy access to mountains, coastal lowlands, dramatic rivers and wild beaches. Our environment here is part of who we are, and at ORC, we work each day to look after it.

If you share this passion and can align your skills and experience to what we’ve outlined above, we would love to hear from you!

How to Apply

Please complete the online application form for the position that you are applying for, attach your cover letter and CV detailing your relevant qualifications and experience and submit.

Applications close Sunday 16th August 2020.

For further information, please contact human.resources@orc.govt.nz

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Please note. We don’t always work to fixed closing dates and may start considering and interviewing candidates as their applications are received so we encourage you to apply early.

If you are having problems submitting your details through the online form, please email human.resources@orc.govt.nz

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