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Technical Advisor, Threats, Biodiversity Group, Dunedin/Nelson

Department of Conservation
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Job Description

We are looking for a weed specialist to join our nationally focused Threats unit. The work of the unit includes advice, research, innovation, and systems development. This advert is for one role located in either Dunedin or Nelson. Other South Island main centre DOC office locations may be possible.


The Technical Advisor will give weed advice at a range of levels (operational to programme or organisation-wide) and assist as a subject matter expert on weed training courses. A particular focus will be on weed control advice.


The successful applicant will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications relevant to weed management or equivalent experience, as well as technical experience relating to weeds
  • Experience and achievement in design and management of technical work
  • Strong communication skills to produce useful technical outputs and advice to a very high professional standard
  • Self-awareness and agility to adapt as the role requirements evolve
  • Technical knowledge of herbicides and/or practical experience with operational weed control trials for conservation preferred


Why work for us?

Aside from being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) we all 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 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 cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.

For more information please contact Sam Robertson,  quoting vacancy 500/30307.  

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 6 January 2020.

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

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