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Freshwater Manager, (2), Aquatic Unit, Biodiversity Group, North and South Island Locations

Department of Conservation
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Job Description

  • Excellent leadership opportunities
  • North & South Island locations available 


The Department of Conservation (DOC) received a significant funding boost in 2018 of $181.6 million over four years. This is one of the biggest funding increases that DOC has ever received, and it will benefit New Zealand's native plants, wildlife and natural landscapes. $76 million of this funding is for biodiversity initiatives across land, freshwater and marine ecosystems, which means that DOC's Biodiversity Group is expanding in order to deliver its ambitious new work programme.


Two Freshwater Manager roles have been created within the Aquatic Unit. Both roles require candidates with strong leadership experience including people leadership, strategy, financial management, planning and programme management. Applications will be welcomed from candidates with a strong match to the leadership requirementsof these roles who also have a good working knowledge of, or experience in, areas relevant to biodiversity, freshwater ecology or environmental science.


One Freshwater Manager will lead the North Island technical and science advisory team and the other will lead the South Island team. Each team is focused on protecting and restoring aquatic species and ecosystems across freshwater domains. 


These are excellent opportunities for experienced managers to lead the teams working on some of the more complex and challenging conservation issues facing New Zealand. 


The roles require candidates with the necessary experience to lead research, science and knowledge programmes and advice, and with the ability to lead others to translate and communicate science and research outputs. Candidates will have experience of working in partnership with iwi and an understanding of Māori Tikanga and protocols and Mātauranga Māori, as well as a track record of strong relationship-building, connecting and collaborating, both internally and externally,


The preferred locations for these roles are Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin.    


APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 5pm, Monday 29 July 2019
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox or Annabel McCallum at JacksonStone & Partners on 04 550 8000

Applicants can apply for more than one role.   To apply, please provide a CV and cover letter and indicate which role(s) interest you and what your location preference(s) are.  Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

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

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