Careers in conservation & the environment

Supervisor, Community and Visitor Centre – Department of Conservation – Te Anau

  • Full Time
  • Te Anau
  • 08/08/2021

Website Department of Conservation

  • Are you an experienced people leader who is a strategic thinker and would like to grow conservation through sharing your knowledge and motivating others?
  • If so, come work, play, and make your mark in Te Papa Atawhai’s Te Anau District looking after Aotearoa’s largest national park, Fiordland, and surrounding conservation land.

Fiordland is world class and famous for its natural icons like Piopiotahi / Milford Sound and three of the 10 Great Walks. It is a passionately protected slice of New Zealand’s cultural, geological, and pioneering past with many taonga species. To live here is to enjoy one of New Zealand’s most spectacular pieces of natural wilderness as your backyard. It fosters a sense of appreciation that is often lost in big cities.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

You will be responsible for leading, supporting, coaching, and developing our varied and diverse Community and Visitor Centre team. Due the size of the team and the breadth of work within the Community and Visitor Centre team this role will be supported by two Senior Rangers and a Visitor Centre Team Lead. This team is passionate about the work they do and has a culture of inclusiveness and support with whanau at the core and you will share those values and passion for the conservation that drives the team.

You will work closely with the Senior Rangers to develop and deliver the work plans. Due to the type and scale of work in Te Anau there are exciting opportunities for a range of diverse work programmes found nowhere else in the country. You will ensure effective work planning, budgeting, and ensure quality work delivery for the Te Anau work programme.

You will maintain and build upon the great relationships with the community, community groups, volunteers, iwi / hapu / whanau, and you will forge new ones to catapult forward the community’s connection with nature and grow conservation outcomes.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will be an energetic and positive individual who enjoys working in a team and prides themselves on their outstanding communications skills. You will be skilled in leading, motivating, and coaching team members to achieve their full potential, have excellent interpersonal skills and be a confident relationship builder who can get along with people from all walks of life.

You will thrive in a work environment that requires you to manage competing priorities, balance planned and reactive work and adapt to challenging and complex situations. You will be a strategic thinker who can connect Te Papa Atawhai’s vision, high level goals and local strategies to the delivery of conservation outcomes within our Region. With your knowledge of conservation management, Visitor Centre and Community Management you will be able to support the team to continue to deliver and expand on their first class visitor experiences and community engagement.

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

Te Anau offers a community lifestyle many other places lament having lost while enjoying access to larger centres thanks to the proximity of Queenstown to the north and Invercargill to the south. Shopping, airports, and other services are just a two-hour drive away. From kindergarten through to high school, local children are immersed in the environment as part of their education. The community is vibrant with a strong family network, new arts hub, strong sports centre, and community garden. Commuting to work will be a highlight, with biking or walking along the lakefront, with no traffic congestion to speak of.

Te Papa Atawhai provides 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 highly value new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

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

For any enquiry, please contact Debbie Fahey on 027 286 2746 or quoting vacancy 400/09440. 

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 08 August 2021

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


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