ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Senior Solicitor 12 months Fixed Term - Wellington

We are looking for a Senior Solicitor to join our busy in house legal team. This is a varied and interesting role where you will provide high quality, practical advice for the EPA on a wide range of issues. On a day to day basis we collaborate with our scientists, our Maori policy advisers, senior management, central government departments, and the public. We tackle issues such as emissions trading, pesticide use, GMO’s, nationally significant infrastructure projects under the RMA, and marine consents for oil and gas and seabed mining activities out in the EEZ.  We also provide advice on broader public law issues, including matters relating to the Crown Entities Act, compliance and litigation.

What we’re looking for

This is a 12 month fixed term position to cover maternity leave.

Our ideal candidate will have over 5 years experience in a similar role. The Senior Solicitor will provide timely, accurate and solution focussed legal advice on legal issues associated with the EPA’s statutory functions (including those under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act, the Resource Management Act, the Climate Change Response Act and the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act) as well as advising on broader corporate service matters. Part-time hours will be considered for the right candidate.

Knowledge and experience required

We are looking for someone who:

  •  is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor with a current Practicing Certificate;
  • has a proven background in producing quality legal services, preferably with experience in environmental or public law, or both;
  • has a sound understanding of public policy processes and the roles of government agencies;
  • is able to provide sound advice in an operational context;
  • works collaboratively to develop effective relationships at work;
  • has a background or understanding of the enforcement of regulatory frameworks (useful but not essential)

What we can offer you

If this sounds like you, join us. We have fantastic central city offices on Lambton Quay and offer a range of professional development activities and employee benefits.
In addition you will be part of a high-performing legal team of eight solicitors within our Strategic and Regulatory Services Group.  Your team mates come from diverse backgrounds and the collective knowledge of the team presents a great opportunity to build on your in-house legal experience.  We have a collegial culture and a strong emphasis on mentoring and collaboration within the team, working across the entire organisation, providing advice and support on governance, policy, and operational issues.

Additional information

Please visit our website www.epa.govt.nz for the position description and application form.

For additional information please contact Maree Drumm, Assistant HR Advisor, on maree.drumm@epa.govt.nz

Applying for the position

To apply, email a completed application form, a covering letter, and a copy of your CV and cover letter to recruit@epa.govt.nz.

Applications close at 5pm, 23 April 2018