Team Leader Environmental Planning


  • Want to shape how Nelson responds to environmental challenges?
  • Lead a team of technical experts
  • Flexible work opportunity with a diverse workload


About the role

This is a great opportunity to combine your leadership and technical skills to lead a small, friendly unitary planning team in the beautiful Top of the South / Te Tau Ihu. Reporting to the Manager Planning and Development, you’ll provide day to day leadership and operational management of the Environmental Planning team, in addition to contributing to your own programme of work.


Our team provides environmental planning advice on the full range of resource management issues of interest to the Nelson community, including urban development, air quality, biodiversity, landscape, hazards, coastal, freshwater, heritage, and open space. We develop, change and review Nelson’s resource management policies, plans and environmental bylaws with a focus on improving our future in terms of safeguarding our environment, building community resilience, and improving the supply of land for housing and business development in the region.


From consulting on Plan Change 29, which is the biggest housing plan change that we’ve ever done as a Council, to working on Nelson Airport’s runway extension, we’ve a very interesting and diverse workload to offer!


About you

You’ll be a credible technical expert using your qualifications and experience to provide best practice policy and strategic advice to our senior leadership team and Council.


Your previous experience in resource management planning will complement your people focus and sound communication and relationship management skills. You’ll enjoy maintaining an oversight of the teams work programme and using your coaching and mentoring skills to ensure the team delivers great environmental outcomes for the Nelson region.


Excellent written and oral communication skills, a passion for our environment, resilience and sound judgement are essential.


What we offer

We offer flexible working options including the ability to work some time from home - so talk to us about the kind of arrangement you’re looking for. We also offer a competitive salary, generous leave provisions, a variety of interesting work and ongoing personal and professional development in an inclusive and supportive environment.


If you are passionate about Nelson’s environment and want to make a real difference in our community, apply now!


This is a full-time, permanent role with a salary range of $107,000-$118,700.


About us

"Working together to make Nelson an even better place"


Nelson City Council is an organisation filled with supportive people who are passionate about this beautiful region of ours. Nelson offers an enviable lifestyle and is located in close proximity to three national parks. We have amazing weather, a stunning natural environment to play in, and there’s always something going on in the City. Whether it be major events or just a general buzz in town, it’s a great place for all ages.

If you're excited by the prospect of leading the Environmental Planning Team, we’d love to hear from you!


Applications close: 8am on Monday 2 October 2023.


Click here to view the job description.


For more information, contact Dennis Bush-King, Acting Manager Environmental Planning, on or 03 546 0343.