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To enable smarter farming for a better New Zealand ™

Ka pūkekotia a Rongomātāne, ka poho kererū a Aotearoa

You care about the environment and so do we – here’s where you can make a difference.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for the newly created role of Planner as part of our growing Ravensdown Environmental consultancy. The role will ideally be based in Christchurch, however we are open to considering alternative locations for the right candidate. Working with our Principal Planner, you’ll provide top quality planning and consenting advice, helping farmers meet their environmental obligations. You’ll become a key part of the wider team delivering superior farm environmental support and advice to many of our loyal customers and industry stakeholders.

We’re open to considering candidates with arrange of experience levels, therefore remuneration will be commensurate with experience.  As a growing business unit within a large cooperative, a variety of work is on offer and the future is very bright with significant long-term career potential.

If you care about water and environmental management, this is the role for you.

About You:

You might be a recent graduate or you may be a more experienced Planner looking for a new challenge. You’ll have all the characteristics of a consultant, such as professionalism, dedication, tenacity, honesty and integrity.  You’ll be motivated by the commercial realities of business and work well in teams and within dynamic environments.  You’ll be driven and ambitious with a keenness to develop.

Ideal skills and qualifications:

  • A relevant Planning degree (A post-graduate degree in planning or environmental fields would also be beneficial)
  • Practical experience in applying for and/or processing resource consents, preferably those related to the agricultural sector
  • Experience in the agricultural industry, ideally with exposure to commercial consultancy
  • Strong knowledge of the Resource Management Act and associated planning framework
  • Project management skills, especially around timeframes and budgets
  • Excellent report writing and oral communication skills
  • High standards of excellence, customer service, values and ethics
  • Understanding of Overseer would be beneficial


  • Laptop, phone, use of pool vehicle for farm visits
  • Health insurance, life and income protection insurance
  • Superannuation contribution of 5%.
  • Career growth with our expanding consultancy business
  • Commitment to your ongoing learning and development

So, Why Join Ravensdown Environmental?

  1. We are developing and providing innovative consulting services as part of a solution to NZ’s most important environmental challenge which is overlapping with NZ’s most important sector
  2. We have a support network that is second to none with policy, planning, legal, technical and innovation teams and networks that are accessible to provide advice, support and guidance of the highest calibre
  3. We function independently as a separate business unit, yet still benefit from, and can offer to our clients, the security and certainty only a large NZ business can offer
  4. We have access to a client base of 24,000 loyal shareholders who are referred through our 100-strong Agri-Manager network
  5. We are a progressive team of dynamic rural professionals who are collectively growing in response to substantial demand which is only to going to continue to increase. Every team member has very real short, medium and long-term career options in a space that is of utmost importance to the agricultural sector.

How to Apply

Click ‘apply now’ to send your CV and cover letter to Lauren Chatterton, Senior HR Advisor, or email  

Advertising closes 4th February.

Ravensdown is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a pre-employment drug test.

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