Reserves and Recreation Planner

Tauranga City Council - Reserves and Recreation Planner

Reserves and Recreation Planner

Tauranga is the fifth largest city in the country, and Tauranga City Council is one of New Zealand's growth councils. Our Strategy and Growth Group, which includes City and Infrastructure Planning, SmartGrowth, Strategy and Corporate Planning, Strategic Business, Heart of the City and City Centre has a requirement for a Reserves and Recreation Planner to join the Strategy and Corporate Planning division on a 15 month fixed term contract covering parental leave.

Reporting to the Team Leader: Policy the Reserves & Recreation Planner position exists to lead the programme of reserve management planning for Tauranga City Council, as well as developing strategies and policies for the recreation and open space network.

Key Result Areas for this role include (but are not limited to):

Reserve Management Planning and more specifically the development of implementation plans that will lead to the identification and development of projects for the Long Term Plan.

Strategy and Policy Development and more specifically being the subject matter expert whilst contributing significantly to the review of a suite of land-use policies that Council is undertaking.

Relationship Building

Success in the role will be illustrated by the following:

Parks and reserve development and improvement projects have clear linkages to outcomes in the Tauranga Reserves Management Plan and Council's priorities / areas of focus.

Reserve management plans add value to Council's planning and decision-making processes.

Opportunities are provided for the Parks & Recreation Activity to actively contribute to the development and review of reserve implementation plans.

Opportunities are provided for internal Council business areas to contribute to the development and review of reserve implementation plans.

Provision of accurate, professional, timely technical advice on Reserves Act 1977 matters.

Actively contributes to corporate strategy and policy development for Parks & Recreation.

Monitors policy initiatives of key parks and recreations organisations on an ongoing basis.

Provides timely and professional input into external policy development that is relevant to the organisation and has been appropriately endorsed by Council.

Information to ensure that key parks and recreation strategies and policies are implemented is included within the Long Term Plan in conjunction with budget managers.

Relevant strategy and policy documents are successfully delivered by providing input into the development of operational policies to support implementation.

Actively contributes to growth planning for Parks & Recreation.

Constructive and meaningful relationships are established with key stakeholders and the community.

Successfully providing good quality information and presentations to relevant Council committees.

To be considered for this role you will have the following:

Prior recreation / reserves planning and/or a Resource Management related tertiary qualification.

Specialist knowledge of the Reserves Act 1977.

Proven ability in planning, and/or strategy and policy development, and delivery of required outcomes.

Effective communication skills, including report writing and presentation skills.

Proven liaison and facilitation skills.

Experience with community engagement and consultation.

If the above sounds like you and joining a high performing team on a fixed term basis as a Reserves and Recreation Planner is of interest apply now at

Applications close midnight 23rd June 2019

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