Supervisor (Biodiversity) at Department of Conservation, Haast
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
- Do you want to work with a dynamic team in one of the best locations in New Zealand?
- Exciting opportunity to work with unique and endangered taonga species and explore the backcountry of Te Wāhipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Area!
- 4 weeks + 3 days annual leave per year, flexible working options.
- Permanent, Full-time Supervisor position based in Haast.
Haast is a special place to live, surrounded by mountains and ocean, with endless activities for the outdoor enthusiast. The team recently discovered a new population of Haast tokoeka kiwi to the south of Haast, highlighting that this vast area of wilderness still holds a few secrets to uncover. For more on what Haast has to offer visit: https://westcoast.co.nz/visit/plan-your-trip/haast-township/
Toitū te marae a Tāne-Mahuta, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata
If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive
Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation (DOC) serves to protect and sustain nature across Aotearoa. We put nature and people at the heart of our mahi, guided by te reo Māori, te ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We do this by:
- protecting land, species, ecosystems, and cultural heritage for conservation purposes
- managing threats and adverse impacts
- being a voice for conservation
- connecting people to nature.
He angitūtanga | About the role
As the Supervisor Biodiversity, you will provide leadership and guidance to a team of dedicated rangers working to protect Haast tokoeka kiwi and other endangered or vulnerable species in South Westland. This role will require you to work closely with both the rangers undertaking the mahi in the field, and the senior leadership team for the district. You will directly support the Operations Manager and will be responsible for:
- providing input to work planning across the district
- ensuring approved work is completed on-time and to a high standard
- induction and training of new staff members
- planning and scheduling work for the team, while cultivating a strong health and safety culture
- facilitating the team to function effectively, ensuring staff safety, wellbeing and development are prioritised; it is expected that part of your time will be spent working directly with staff in the field
- supporting compliance work within the district/region.
Your team will include permanent, fixed term and casual staff; Jobs for Nature workers; volunteers and contractors. The Haast biodiversity team is one part of the wider biodiversity spread across South Westland, and staff are expected to work across the district as required. The mahi undertaken by the biodiversity team will include but is not limited to:
- adaptive management of Haast tokoeka kiwi
- mohua protection
- fur seal monitoring
- lizard surveys
- landscape scale predator control.
Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako| Skills and experience
We are looking for a motivated and inspiring leader who is passionate about people and biodiversity. You will have a genuine desire to support those around you, and a passion for protecting and enhancing our taonga species. We want to hear from you if you have:
- demonstrated leader/ supervisor skills and the ability to inspire, motivate and coach a passionate team
- previous experience in biodiversity, particularly in endangered species management programmes
- excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including experience managing relationships with partners and stakeholders
- outstanding time management and organisational skills
- a passion for supporting the success of others
- data analysis and report writing skills
- experience with budgeting and contract management
- a strong health and safety focus as well as a good level of fitness
- practical experience in the field and backcountry, including strong navigation, map reading, and GPS skills
- the ability to live and work in a small, remote community.
- full accreditations for handling kiwi
- previous experience engaging and working in partnership with iwi and tangata whenua, as well as an understanding of the implications of te Tiriti o Waitangi on today's society and conservation is highly desirable.
Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What's in it for you?
Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, creating an inclusive workplace culture, supporting the relationship between Māori and the Crown, and lifting our cultural capability. We encourage our people to bring their authentic self and unique perspectives to work, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:
- flexible working opportunities suited to your role
- career development, secondment and training opportunities to help you realise your goals
- study assistance in programmes that are relevant to your work
- Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and discounted medical insurance
- great discounts on DOC accommodation and outdoor apparel and gear so you're ready for your next adventure
- Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme.
Tono ināianei | Apply now
Apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter that highlights your relevant skills experience and motivation for joining Te Papa Atawhai.
The salary range for this position is $77,336 to $97,708 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.
Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.
Rā katinga | Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday, 7 June 2023
Me he pātai anō | For further enquiries, contact Tracey Dearlove, Senior Ranger Biodiversity at firstname.lastname@example.org
Taupānga | Job reference: DOC/1718965
Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
|Employer:||Department of Conservation|
|Category:||Science and Environment|
|Attachment:||Role Description - Supervisor.pdf (PDF, 178KB)
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