Vegetation Officer

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Published By

Palmerston North City Council

Published Date

20 July 2021

Job Location

Palmerston North, New Zealand

About the Job

Palmerston North (or as we like to call it, Palmy) is a growing, innovative and exciting city. With small city benefits and big city ambition, Palmy has secured its place on the map as a creative and exciting city, with leading innovation and developments! We’re proud to be a city that includes, supports, connects and uses the talents of the whole community in our pursuit to provide a connected and safe community. We’re also a future-focused city who cares about enhancing our natural and built environment. Our future looks bright, it looks vibrant and progressive.


Are you passionate about green spaces? Do you want to play a role in transforming the face of Palmerston North by developing our roading corridors and stormwater infrastructure to provide for improved amenity, safety, and environmental outcomes? One of PNCCs goals is to be an Eco City, which is where you’ll come in…


We’re looking for a Vegetation Officer to join the Activity and Investigation team in the Transport and Infrastructure Division. Using your expertise with urban landscape asset management, you’ll be helping to develop guidance, and advice for internal staff and external customers on vegetation maintenance, removal, replanting selection and design to achieve amenity, safety and water quality benefits. This will range from city wide planning and scoping of berm planting to stormwater infiltration wetlands in new sub-divisions. We’re looking to get more strategic with Council’s investment in green assets, so will be seeking your input right from the get-go.


You’ll be a problem solver, as one of the key tasks is to address historical inappropriate planting practices, and work to ensure it doesn’t occur again. This will include working with a team to develop guidelines for vegetation use in various environments including our urban stream, drains and treatment wetlands as well as screen planting and berm amenity planting. You will also collaborate closely with the Horticultural Officers in the Parks and Reserves Division of Infrastructure.


Collaboration is key in this role, as you’ll be working with people from across the unit, across Council, and alongside residents of our city. You’ll also be coaching and developing understanding among our skilled operations teams, so you’ll have a passion for sharing knowledge.

In return for your expertise, we offer a supportive environment and ongoing professional development opportunities. If you’ve been wanting to make your mark on this city, apply now!


Applications close: 11.00 pm, Wednesday 4 August 2021


We are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and welcome applications from all those suitably qualified for this position.