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Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment : Senior Legal Counsel


  • Provide expert legal advice on environmental and general matters
  • In-house legal role in a small, high-performing organisation
  • Work closely with the Commissioner
  • Contribute to improving Aotearoa New Zealand’s environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is an Officer of Parliament. Supported by a team of investigative researchers and policy professionals, the Commissioner’s primary role is to give independent advice to Parliament on environmental matters. Key aspects include reviewing the system of environmental agencies and government processes and investigating the effectiveness of environmental management and regulation. The effectiveness of the Commissioner’s advice depends to a large degree on the independence, integrity and quality of the work undertaken by the highly skilled team of advisors within his Office.

The Senior Legal Counsel is responsible for reviewing and critiquing environmental issues from a legal standpoint. The appointee advises the Commissioner, and the rest of the team, on legal and regulatory matters relevant to the environment and the Commissioner’s role. The appointee also provides advice regarding complaints and the Commissioner’s related statutory functions.

To be successful, you will have experience of legal practice in resource management and environmental law and a detailed understanding of the legislative and policy-making processes. You must be legally qualified, have been admitted to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor, and be eligible to, or hold, a practicing certificate. You will possess excellent communication and engagement skills. You will be able to work effectively in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Friday, 12 August 2022



FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Simon Boyes on 04 550 8000