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Supervisor, Recreation/Historic, Operations Group, Takaka

Department of Conservation
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Job Description

The Takaka District is need of a Supervisor to lead part of its Recreation and Historic team. Supporting the Operations Manager, the role is focused on work associated with the Heaphy and Abel Tasman Great Walks, including coordinating the Districts hut warden programme. People currently with or wanting to develop their supervisory and leadership skills particularly in the outdoors should apply.


About you

You could be an up-and-coming leader, or you may be an experienced people leader with transferrable skills to conservation. Ideally you have a background in recreation, (e.g. landscaping, building or maintenance) and understand the historic landscapes across Aotearoa. You will need to be able to demonstrate strong field planning and coordinating skills. Most importantly you will have a desire to lead people.



The successful applicant's key requirements:

  • Willingness to contribute to the wider office needs and culture e.g. duty officer, H&S forums, represent the office in a public capacity.
  • Demonstrate skills as a leader/supervisor
  • Relevant experience/knowledge in the building/landscaping industry
  • Sound experience and/or practical knowledge
  • Computer and technologically savvy including excel spreadsheets and GIS
  • Strong health and safety values
  • Excellent communication skills – oral and written
  • A high level of fitness and backcountry experience
  • The ability to prioritise your own work and that of the delivery team
  • A genuine interest in the Departments management of our natural and cultural heritage, and an enthusiasm for engaging others in conservation
  • Full NZ drivers licence



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 Dave Winterburn or phone 03 693 1011 or Jessica Dalbeth at or 027 619 9283

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 20 January 2020

Interviews for this role are to be held in January/February 2020.



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