Compliance Officer, (Fixed Term) – Department of Conservation –

  • Fixed Term
  • Rotorua
  • 01/02/2021

Website Department of Conservation

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Compliance Officer within the National Compliance team.

This is your opportunity to apply your law enforcement and investigative skills in the protection of New Zealand’s unique wildlife, cultural and natural taonga. As a Compliance Officer, you will lead complex investigations into breaches of conservation legislation. This will involve a high level of responsibility, extensive engagement and coaching of DOC rangers, and the opportunity to work across several DOC regions.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

This is a fixed term role for three years.

In order to be successful in this role, you will need well-developed investigative skills, and the ability to coach, mentor and support rangers undertaking investigations. You will be highly organised and self-motivated, with the ability to prioritise appropriately and negotiate the provision of help from others. Confidence and familiarity working with legislative frameworks is key, alongside the ability to collaborate with lawyers and law enforcement agencies. Ideally you will come from a law enforcement background, or have extensive compliance experience in a regulatory agency. You will have substantial in-field experience.

Please note, this appointment also requires candidates to pass and maintain a Confidential security clearance. Significant travel will be required as part of this role. An understanding of law enforcement work in rural and community contexts would be a distinct advantage.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

Alongside investigations into criminal breaches of conservation legislation, you will be required to:

  • Assess the need to investigate reported compliance incidents, and work with local DOC management to investigate priority matters
  • Provide coaching to DOC rangers warranted to take enforcement action, on the preparation of investigation files to support prosecution recommendations
  • Quality assure infringement fine and warning decisions made by DOC rangers warranted to take enforcement action
  • Interview offenders, gather evidence and prepare investigation reports in serious cases
  • Build strong relationships with Regional and District Police and Fisheries officers, as well as district staff
  • Provide evidence as part of court processes

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What’s in it for you?

DOC’s National Compliance Team is currently undergoing a period of significant growth, as we work towards delivering an enhanced programme of work. As a result of this growth, we are building South and North Island conservation law enforcement teams. This is your chance to be a part of a progressive and highly significant function within the Department.

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

The chance to join a large organisation that’s still growing. DOC has been undergoing a steady period of growth, we highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

Excellent development opportunities across the Taupo District, within the National Compliance Team.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above.

For any enquiry, please contact John Wallwork,

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 1 February 2021.

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


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