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Senior/Policy Advisor, (6), Policy Unit, Policy and Visitors Group, Wellington

Department of Conservation
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The Department of Conservation has a significant and renewed policy work programme to ensure its' vision for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth. It is responsible for some of the most important issues facing New Zealand: how to look after our unique environment in a way that benefits current and future generations. It grapples with issues as challenging as maintaining our unique biodiversity and providing for the increasing number of visitors coming to visit our beautiful places.


Public conservation land is increasingly a place where environmental, cultural and economic issues come together.  The Policy Unit advises on the full range of issues the Department faces; is at the front line of its relationship with Ministers and other agencies; and is at the forefront of thinking on its big challenges.


We are looking for smart and ambitious policy and senior policy advisors with a passion for providing high quality advice to join our policy unit. You will have Government policy experience but knowledge of conservation-specific issues is not a prerequisite.


Successful candidates will have strong analytical and critical thinking capability, excellent written and verbal communication coupled with a strong capacity to quickly and learn new subject matter.


As part of a growing and pivotal team, your ability to work with and through others, both in and out of the Department, will be critical. As will your ability to think through policy problems clearly and impartially, and to communicate your advice in an accessible and compelling way. You will also play a key role in fostering a culture of learning within the unit through coaching, sharing experience, and constructively challenging thinking.


The Department is committed to equal opportunities for all New Zealanders and promotes diversity in the work force as well as supporting flexible working.


Our vacancies are across the four teams within the policy unit and the varied work and roles includes:

  • Working across the natural resource sector to build support for policy we are leading and influence the direction of policy cross the sector
  • Advising on the strategic approach to safeguarding New Zealand's indigenous biodiversity and developing a National Policy Statement under the RMA on indigenous biodiversity
  • aProviding advice on, and influencing, the outcomes DOC is seeking through the management of visitors and use of public conservation land and waters.


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 Chris Nees, Manager, Strategic Policy, email:, telephone 027 570 5413, quoting vacancy 800/2306.  


Applications close at 5pm on Sunday, 22 July 2018.


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

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