Supervisor, Community – Department of Conservation – Invercargill

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Now is an exciting time to join the passionate Murihiku District Leadership Team. We have an amazing opportunity to lead a highly motivated team that manages community programmes, and statutory land management, including RMA advocacy, in Murihiku.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

As our Community Supervisor, you will be responsible for leading, coaching and developing our Community Rangers. This role plays an important part in engaging and supporting our external partners to deliver work across Public Conservation Land. The community team delivers a diverse range of programmes across permissions/compliance, communications, Treaty settlement implementation, education and volunteering and much more. Based in Invercargill, this district is an important hub for DOC and the Southland Community, and it comes with its own unique complexities and challenges.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

This appointment requires an experienced people leader who is skilled at inspiring and motivating others. There is a strong relationship management component to this role, including working alongside our treaty partner collaboratively and effectively, as well as the community, businesses and others.  Ideally you will have a good understanding of Tikanga Maori and strong networking abilities across a broad range of groups. We are looking for previous experience providing advice in policy or conservation, but this is not essential.

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

DOC provide 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 flexible working options, the ability to sometimes work from home or slightly adjust regular business hours, as long as the work gets done.

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

Excellent training opportunities. If successful, part of your welcoming into the organisation will include an invitation to attend our exciting nationwide induction and ongoing training program to learn more about the department and make valuable connections with new colleagues throughout the country.

As DOC has a strong focus on Health and Safety, this role will also be responsible for leading a safety-first culture across all work sites.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre.  For any enquiry, please contact John McCarroll on

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday, 27 October 2020.

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


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