Careers in conservation & the environment

Project Coordinator (Strategic Projects) – Department of Conservation – Taranaki, Auckland or Kauri Coast

  • Fixed Term
  • Anywhere
  • 04/07/2022

Website Department of Conservation

  • An exciting opportunity has become available for a Project Coordinator within DOC’s Strategic Projects Team to assist with the essential coordination, reporting and tracking role primarily working on the Taranaki Crossing and Rākau Rangatira.
  • Fixed term or secondment until 31st July 2023

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata

If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive

At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.

He angitūtanga | About the role

The departments Strategic Projects Team is underway with the development of a new visitor experience called the Taranaki Crossing in the national park.  The Taranaki Crossing refers to the main track network enabling visitors to travel by foot from Dawson falls along the slopes of the maunga, across Ahukawakawa and over the Pouakai Ranges to the end of Mangorei Road.  The completion of this exciting new development will include 25 kilometres of upgraded track, a new bridge across the Manganui Gorge, an upgraded Pouakai Hut, signage and some key visitor site upgrades.

Alongside Taranaki Crossing, the department is also working to deliver a strategic project located in the Kauri Coast region of the Northern North Island. The project is a partnership project with Te Iwi O Te Roroa who are tangata whenua to the Waipoua region.

Rākau Rangatira seeks to build new fit for purpose tourist infrastructure which ensures protection of our taonga Kauri, and to pair this with other access management and security tools and mechanisms. The project has just entered the preliminary design stage.

As our next project coordinator, you will be responsible for supporting successful project outcomes by providing coordination support. There are opportunities to work in the field with the team from time to time. The role offers flexible working hours and locations, some working from home is available.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

You will be confident interacting with people from all walks of life with the natural ability to switch between tasks effortlessly. Your maturity and resilience to remain calm and focused when the workload is high means you can adapt to changing work priorities and deliver our work. You will take ownership of the project elements you lead and ensure you keep up to date with project developments across all relevant workstreams.


  • Experience as a project coordinator
  • Demonstrated excellence at prioritising, allocating and monitoring resource usage and finding improved ways to use resources
  • Demonstrated excellence at planning and organising work and resources over a programme of work to meet negotiated timeframes
  • Ability to work positively and productively with stakeholders, colleagues and team members
  • Ability to work with customers to identify and prioritise their needs
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office suite


  • Experience working with a range of project methodologies
  • Qualifications in relevant project methodologies, e.g PRINCE2 or PMI

Mō te tīma | About the team

You will work amongst a national team of project managers, works officers and coordinators delivering projects within the Strategic Projects Team. Team members are based in district offices around the motu, within proximity to the projects they are delivering. Depending on your location you will be based in either the Taranaki, Auckland or Kauri Coast office where there’s great local support. Working in a district office enables you to be part of the wider DOC whanau, a real benefit of working for Te Papa Atawhai.

Mō mātou | About us

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate)guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.

Ko ngā hua | What we offer

We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

  • Flexible working options where applicable
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu – Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa.

The salary range for this position is $61,916 to $79,115 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience

Rā katinga | Applications close: Monday 4th July 2022

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Carl Whittleston,

Taupānga| Job Reference: T400/99900/3

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

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