Environmental Protection Officer

Marlborough District Council is a dynamic, progressive organisation which prides itself on the professionalism it brings to managing a wide range of functions. Our vision is that over the next decade, Marlborough will become a globally-connected district of progressive, high-value enterprise, known for its quality lifestyle, desirable location and natural environment.

The opportunity

We are now seeking a full-time Environmental Protection Officer to join our team in Blenheim. This is a Monday to Friday role with occasional rostered after hours work, as required.

Reporting to the Compliance Manager and working within a team of approximately 7-9 Environmental Protection Officers, this role will see you monitoring resource consents and responding to customer concerns to ensure the Marlborough region maintains its high standard of environmental protection and compliance. This could include anything from compliance issues regarding winery waste, through to marine farms, air pollution or water quality.


Some of your day-to-day duties will include (but not be limited to):

  • Formulating strategies for enforcement of the Resource Management Act (RMA) and Bylaws;
  • Understanding and investigating complaints objectively and impartially;
  • Preparing and presenting evidence to Council hearings and potentially to Court;
  • Informing and educating landowners and businesses on the benefits of consent compliance; and
  • Fostering working relationships with industry to minimise their environmental impacts.


About you

Ideally, you will hold previous experience in an environmental protection or similar role with the proven ability to interpret key policies, legislation and procedures.

Tertiary qualifications in resource management, environmental science, compliance or similar will be highly regarded but are not essential, providing you can demonstrate sound judgment and decision making skills, with an investigative mind and an aptitude for dealing with compliance issues that can at times be complex and contentious.

As this is a customer facing role, the ability to provide high-level customer service and engage with internal and external stakeholders, from all walks of life, will be key to your success. You will have exceptional communication skills, be comfortable working collaboratively, and have the conflict resolution skills to navigate occasional difficult situations.


We offer

  • A good mixture of indoor and outdoor work.
  • A workplace that supports flexibility, health and wellbeing.
  • An environment where input, initiative and innovation is encouraged.
  • A fantastic learning environment and support for continuing education.
  • A competitive remuneration and benefits package.

If you’re ready to progress your career with Marlborough District Council, Apply now!

Applications close 5.00 pm on 22nd January 2022. However, we may interview suitable candidates throughout the process and close the listing early if we find the right person for the role.

For further information contact Jamie Clark (Compliance Manager): james.clark@marlborough.govt.nz.