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Senior/Policy Advisor, Crown-Maori Relations, (Temporary), (2), Policy and Visitors, Wellington

Department of Conservation
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Job Description

These are 2 fixed term roles ending October 2020.


The Department of Conservation's vision is for Aotearoa New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth. We are responsible for looking after te taiao, our nature, in a way that benefits current and future generations. To this end, the Department grapples with issues as critical as protecting our unique indigenous biodiversity and ensuring that whānau, hapū and iwi can practise their responsibilities as kaitiaki of natural and cultural resources on public conservation lands and waters.


The policy unit advises on the full range of issues the Department faces. We are at the front line of the relationship with Ministers and other agencies, and at the forefront of thinking on our big challenges. Section 4 of the Conservation Act 1987 requires us to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. The Department works with Treaty Partners to look after places and species that are of profound importance to Māori.


We are looking for smart and ambitious policy advisors with a passion for providing high quality advice to join a new policy team focused on developing policy frameworks that support our work with Treaty Partners.


You will have relevant government policy experience or recognised expertise in the fields of indigenous law and natural resource management. Experience engaging and working in partnership with tangata whenua on policy issues is highly desirable, as is familiarity with Te Ao Māori and tikanga. Knowledge of conservation-specific issues is not a prerequisite.


These are fixed term roles, finishing in October 2020. Secondments from other government agencies are welcome and will be considered.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

Please apply online. Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.


For more information please contact Kayla Kingdon-Bebb, email:  or telephone: 027 405 2819 quoting vacancy 800/2502.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 28 January 2019.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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