Solicitor/Senior Solicitor – Permanent (3 positions)

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 24-JAN-20
  • Job Reference: MFE/1438050
  • Job Title: Solicitor/Senior Solicitor – Permanent (3 positions)
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Solicitor x 1 & Senior Solicitor x 2

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced Solicitor and two experienced and driven Senior Solicitors who want to join our team to make an impact and are ready to hit the ground running. 

Our key focus areas for the MfE legal team in 2020 are supporting legislative and regulatory reform across resource management, fresh water, climate change and resource efficiency.  We also play an important role in supporting MfE to comply with obligations and duties across a range of legislation and in supporting MfE’s involvement in litigation matters.

As a Solicitor, you will provide legal advice across the focus areas and the Ministry’s broader work programmes as well as providing advice on statutory and corporate functions and contract matters.  You will be capable of delivering advice in a range of formats to a range of clients, including internal leaders and Ministers.

As a Senior Solicitor you will demonstrate leadership within the team and the broader organisation on legal matters.  You will deliver advice in a range of formats to a range of clients, including internal leaders and Ministers.  You will support the growth and development of legal team members and other Ministry staff. 

What you bring 

To be successful in the role you will need: 

  • a law degree
  • a current NZLS practising certificate (or current eligibility to obtain one)
  • excellent analytical skills and a proven ability to apply legal concepts
  • highly developed communication skills, both oral and written
  • strong stakeholder management skills with the ability to influence at all levels
  • a proven ability to effectively handle competing priorities and tight time frames
  • curiosity and openness to use or develop your knowledge and understanding of Te Ao Māori.

Specific knowledge and expertise in public law, environmental law or commercial law is desirable.  Knowledge of Treaty of Waitangi law and tikanga Māori would also be desirable.

What’s in it for you? 

In addition to joining a fun, dedicated and vibrant team, we offer competitive salaries, flexible working arrangements, generous leave allowances and a range of other support to employees. 

At MfE, we support and grow your personal and career development through on-the-job learning, training courses and secondments. 

About us 

The aim of the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is to make Aotearoa New Zealandthe most liveable place in the world.  

We put New Zealand at the heart of our work and recognise that a thriving environment is good for us all. We are leading Aotearoa to transition to a sustainable, low-emission and efficient economy. 

MfE acts as a steward for the environment and we look across the natural resources system to connect, engage and mobilise others so we can all make better decisions about how we manage the environment.  We look to partner to deliver successful outcomes for the environment, particularly in terms of our engagement with iwi, hapū and whanau to deliver better outcomes for te taiao. 

Our work is exciting, engaging and challenging. As a Senior Solicitor working for MfE you will be at the heart of our environmental stewardship role. 

How to Apply 

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter.  Note: your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role and your interest in our work.   Please also state which position you are applying for.

If you require further information about this position please contact Catherine Prior at

Salary ranges:

Solicitor $75,829 to $98,131

Senior Solicitor $100,645 to $130,247

Appointment within these ranges will be based on skills and experience.

Applications close: Sunday, 16 February 2020 

We embrace diversity and inclusion and are committed to equal opportunities. What’s important to us is ‘he rau kotahi tangata’ – embracing our multiple talents – by harnessing our diversity and being inclusive.  We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds.