Careers in conservation & the environment

Supervisor, Community – Department of Conservation – Napier

  • Full Time
  • Napier
  • 21/09/2020

Website Department of Conservation

Are you a natural people leader and organiser who loves working with others and coordinating work programmes? Do you want to make a difference for conservation in New Zealand? An exciting opportunity has become available for a Supervisor in the Hawke’s Bay district.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

As our next Supervisor, reporting to the local Operations Manager, your role is to assign work to your team, and to inspire, support, and coach them to perform, building their capability and a great team culture. Your passion for making a positive impact for conservation will shine through, inspiring your team to continuously strive to deliver great environmental outcomes.

As a key part of the district’s leadership team you will lead your team of Rangers to deliver the district’s work programme’s.

Above all, the health, safety and wellbeing of staff will be your highest priority.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

A natural people leader who is passionate about supporting a positive team culture.  You are not afraid to be out in the field with the team, incorporating a ‘management-by-walk-about’ approach to your work. We are looking for someone with the confidence and awareness to engage with people from all walks of life. Ideally you will know how to engage effectively in a Māori setting or a willingness to learn karakia, pepeha and local tikanga to develop your capability in this area, allowing you to work effectively with our Treaty partner.


  • Great communication skills and the ability to get people on board
  • Ability to motivate, monitor and coach to enhance team performance
  • Ability to assign work to match the team’s capacity and capabilities
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail and commitment to achieving team objectives
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Strong health and safety focus
  • Good backcountry skills and knowledge
  • A current full driving licence
  • Experience in working with community groups, public and private sector entities
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge of conservation legislation, regulations and statutory processes

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

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 tenure beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

The chance to join a large organisation that’s growing the importance of conservation to New Zealand. 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 opportunities to build your skills and enjoy a satisfying career.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory.

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 Jenny Nelson-Smith,, quoting vacancy 400/4220. 

Applications close at 5pm, on Monday, 21 September 2020.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.


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