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Senior RMA Planner, Planning, Permissions and Land Unit, Operations Group, Dunedin

Department of Conservation
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Job Description

This advert is for one position location in Dunedin.


We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Senior RMA Planner looking for a rewarding career contributing to the management of New Zealand's natural resources. This is an exciting time to join DOC and grow your planning career within a highly experienced and motivated team environment.


The Department of Conservation's vision is 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 tourists coming to visit our beautiful places.


The role

Building on your technical knowledge and experience in RMA planning, there will be endless opportunities for you to be involved in conservation-related resource management issues across Aotearoa.  You'll be planning and consenting projects nationally, spanning across coastal and freshwater as well as indigenous biodiversity.  Your expertise will be called to give advice to our Director-General as well as presenting evidence at Environment Court hearings. 

You will work closely with the Technical, Legal and Policy teams to provide support from an RMA perspective and to ensure cross-organisational teams are successful with the implementation of resource management objectives and policies.


About you

As a Senior RMA Planner you will need to have exceptional written and oral communication skills, be a team player with a focus on securing innovative conservation outcomes.  Working alongside others is crucial in this role so you will need to be able to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of people both internally and externally. 


Specialist skills and experience

  • Knowledge of the RMA and planning disciplines
  • Previous planning and resource management experience under the RMA
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, engagement and relationship management skills
  • Training and mentoring junior staff
  • Personal attributes including resilience and flexibility, with an ability to work in ambiguity
  • Tertiary qualification or relevant experience in areas such as planning, resource management, law or environmental science.


Along with recently being awarded New Zealand's second most attractive employer (first in the public service!) people like working for us because we offer:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general travel and accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work


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 via the DOC Careers Centre. Applications must include a CV and supporting cover letter. 

For more information please contact Amy Robinson at or phone 0275672408, quoting Senior RMA Planner 400/100516

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 25 November 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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