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Working at Environment Southland

As a regional council our role is to lead and partner with the community to improve Southland’s environment. We play an important co-ordinating role, working with our local councils, government agencies and community organisations to help shape our region for the better.

Southland is the second largest region in New Zealand, covering an area of 34,000km2. The coastal boundary extends 3,100 kilometres from Awarua Point on the West Coast, to Waiparau Head on the fringe of the east coast, and Stewart Island/Rakiura. In all, over half of Southland's land area is public conservation land, while farms occupy 85% of the remaining land.

We’re proud to employ a diverse range of skilled and knowledgeable people in a variety of roles that play an important part in our region’s economic development, provision of infrastructure and environmental guardianship. 

We are always on the hunt for talented and dedicated people. If you’re interested in working with us and sharing your skills, take a look at the current opportunities and see if your next move could be with us.

Induction and orientation 
Our induction and orientation programme provides new employees an opportunity to fit right in and feel welcome in your team and our organisation, leaving each day feeling positive and empowered.

Employment relations
We have a positive working relationship amongst employees and with the union, and continually offer employees the opportunity to provide feedback for improvements.

Flexible working
We’re committed to helping our people achieve work/life balance. We offer a 37.5 hour work week with flexible working hours, study leave and flexitime.

Training and development 
We believe in empowering our team members through training and development opportunities. Our organisation continually promotes and provides ongoing learning programmes. Developing and nurturing people is a priority for us.  

Health and wellbeing
We place a strong emphasis on the health, safety and the wellbeing of our teams.  We provide free health checks, income protection insurance and a generous annual leave allowance.

Social club
Our organisation has an active social club that holds a variety of special events, functions and sports tournaments. Many of our employees enjoy getting together outside work time to build strong relationships.

Employee Benefits 
Our people are important to us, we are proud to provide the following employee benefits.

Career opportunities
We offer a variety of career opportunities. These include employment in:
•    accounting
•    administration
•    biosecurity
•    communications
•    environmental education
•    human resources
•    environmental sciences
•    finance
•    geographic information
•    information technology
•    management
•    planning
•    policy
•    transport planning and administration.

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