Kaituhoto Matatoa – Te Manahuna, (Temporary) – Department of Conservation – Otautahi

  • Fixed Term
  • Christchurch
  • 27/05/2019

Website Department of Conservation

This is a 2 year temporary fixed term position 

Are you passionate about the environment in Te Manahuna, outcomes focussed, and committed to giving effect to the Treaty partnership between mana whenua and the Crown?

Do you have a strong knowledge of working with mana whenua, including mātauranga Māori, and an ability to bring people together?

If this sounds like you, then the Department of Conservation’s Partnerships Group has an exciting opportunity in its Mackenzie Team.

Te Manahuna is an iconic area of the Canterbury High Country characterised by “big sky” open landscapes, rolling tussock grasslands, unique biodiversity, and a special place in the national psyche of New Zealand. These are important ancestral lands for Ngāi Tahu containing many taonga and traditional responsibilities for mana whenua, and is traditionally known as being the place of enlightenment.

There is now an exciting opportunity to progress Treaty-based conservation outcomes in Te Manahuna, also in partnership with others, through the Dryland Heritage Area Project.

We are looking for a highly effective connector to join the Mackenzie Team as the Kaitūhoto Mātātoa – Te Manahuna.

Meaning the innovative and fearless work of weaving together the Treaty partners in Te Manahuna, this position is responsible for:

  • Coordinating the co-design of the Dryland Heritage Area between Ngāi Tahu and the Department.
  • Leading the development of a capability & capacity building programme for whānau across multiple projects in Te Manahuna.
  • Supporting the Principal Advisor – Mackenzie to give effect to a living Treaty partnership.

To be successful in this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship building, and coordination skills
  • Experience working with mana whenua, government agencies, local authorities, and the community.
  • A working knowledge of strategic initiatives in Te Manahuna.
  • Strong knowledge of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, tino ranatiratanga, mātauranga Māori, tikanga Māori, and kaitiakitanga.

Holding existing connections and relationships within Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua, Te Rūnanga o Waihao, and Te Rūnanga o Moeraki is highly desirable.

Note that the home office location for this role is in Ōtautahi, however it is anticipated that the role will be required to work flexibly, primarily in South Canterbury.

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

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a concise one-page cover letter which describes your understanding of this role and why you would be the suitable applicant, and CV with evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description on no more than two double-sided pages.

For any queries, please contact Jeremy Severinsen, jseverinsen@doc.govt.nz, 027 432 0369 quoting vacancy 300/0001/5  

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 27 May 2019.

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


To apply for this job please visit careers.doc.govt.nz.