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Federated Farmers : Principal Policy Advisor (Water)

We are seeking a talented lawyer or planner to take the lead in our thinking on freshwater policy.

  • Are you sick of the corporate treadmill?
  • Do you want a fulfilling and challenging role where you can build and maintain stakeholder relationships, and lead Federated Farmers’ policy thinking on the management and regulation of water and nutrients?
  • Do you want to apply your skills in a stimulating and rewarding environment?

We are seeking a talented lawyer or planner to take the lead in our thinking on freshwater policy.

Federated Farmers is the highly influential national voice of rural New Zealand, representing farmers who help generate over 50% of New Zealand’s exports. Federated Farmers role is invaluable to the rural sector, wider community, and to our economy.

You will be part of ensuring that Federated Farmers is recognised as a leader in evidence-based policy and you will be the lead policy representative on the important portfolio of water policy.

We are recruiting for a Principal Advisor to join our Policy and Advocacy team. This position preferably would be based in Wellington.

You will be required to provide expert and high-quality advice to both Federated Farmers internal teams, and be a key representative on national working groups.

If you recognise that the primary industry is at the heart of the New Zealand economy and you have a strong understanding of the Resource Management Act (RMA), and an interest in the business of farming, here is an opportunity you should not miss.

Preferred Experience:

  • With Resource Management Act, planning, primary or science sector, legal, government or a related industry.

Your skill set should include:

  • Ability to develop high quality relationships with farmers, government and stakeholder groups.
  • Enthusiasm to take on new challenges.
  • Ability to competently analyse both national regulations and RMA plans, write reports and provide sound, technical advice.
  • Work on a range of issues, predominately relating to environmental policy as it relates to water and nutrient management.


  • Preferably from a resource management background, but those with qualifications in law, agriculture, policy, science or a related discipline are also encouraged to apply.

The position is a full time role based preferably in Wellington. You must be eligible to work permanently in New Zealand.

For a copy of the position description and an application form please contact Gillian Bright on email

Applications close 15th January 2021.