Operations Manager - Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands at Department of Conservation, Christchurch
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
- Do you want to live and work in one of the most unique and extraordinary locations?
- Do you want to combine your passion for people leadership, operations delivery and conservation advancement?
- Do you feel inspired by and connected to our Kaupapa vision: Papatūānuku Thrives?
Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.
Interested in living in one of Aotearoa's most unique and special locations? Want to put your people leadership and relationship management skills to work in a small and complex environment? We are looking for an Operations Manager in the Rēkohu/Wharekauri/Chatham Islands District Office – part of the Lower North Island region.
The Chathams archipelago has the highest level of endemism in the Aotearoa biogeographic region, with plants, animals and ecosystems found nowhere else on Earth. This is a rare opportunity to advance extraordinary conservation efforts by working with some of our rarest species such as kākāruia/kārure/black robins, tchuri wat'/tuturuatu/shore plover and Chatham Island taiko.
He angitūtanga | About the Role
The Chatham Island Operations Manager leads a close-knit and truly passionate team of rangers who are responsible for biosecurity and biodiversity, managing visitor and heritage sites, and working with tchaket henu Moriori, tangata whenua Ngāti Mutunga and the local community.
This role calls for a confident and inspiring people leader with a successful track record in managing and leading teams. Our work programme across the motu is diverse and ambitious, so your ability to foster and continuously enhance team wellbeing and culture through strong engagement, empowerment, guidance and ongoing development is critical. Combined with people leadership, you'll excel as overseeing strategic and operational demands, and work in close partnership with colleagues and senior leaders across the Department of Conservation/Te Papa Atawhai. Whakawhanaungatanga will be a guiding principle throughout this mahi and will enable you to foster, enhance and develop new relationships both with treaty partners: Hokotehi Moriori Trust and Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust, and with the wider Chathams community.
In return, we are committed to fostering both your professional and personal growth as you work in one of Aotearoa's most remote and historically diverse landscapes. A range of living and travel allowances are offered as part of this opportunity, as well as discounted insurance, free accommodation in our backcountry huts/campsites in Aotearoa and supportive employee networks. Departmental accommodation is available for rent on the island.
Mōu | About you
If you feel excited by this opportunity and aligned to our Kaupapa vision then we want to hear from you. In particular, we are calling for a mix of the following skills, experience and expertise:
- Strong people leadership capability - includes success in leading and managing teams
- Strong experience in stakeholder, community and Treaty partnership – with proven ability to effectively engage with and create synergy across a diverse range of groups such as tchaket henu, tangata whenua, hūnau and whānau;
- Strong delivery management experience and expertise;
- High levels of integrity and resilience to navigate complex and diverse relationships in Aoteaora New Zealand's most remote community;
- Ability to inspire and motivate others while fostering a culture which values teamwork and continuous improvement; and
- Strong understanding of health and safety to enable a positive safety culture.
Make no mistake, this is a challenging role in a remote and challenging location; but for the right candidate, it will offer an unparalleled experience and opportunity.
For further information you can contact Jack Mace, Operations Director via firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange time for a confidential discussion.
Tono ināianei | Apply Now
We are accepting applications online. To apply, submit your CV and a tailored cover letter that describes your motivation and that highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities. You can download the Applicant Information Sheet for more information about the region, our team and role.
Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 19 January 2022.
COVID-19 Vaccination requirement: All employees are required to be vaccinated in line with our Vaccination Policy. New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment.
Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.
Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
|Employer:||Department of Conservation|
|Attachment:||Role Description - Operations Manager.pdf (PDF, 205KB)
Applicant Information Sheet - Operations Manager Chatham Islands.pdf (PDF, 1.14MB)
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