Careers in conservation & the environment

Supervisor Community & Treaty – Department of Conservation – Whakatane

  • Full Time
  • Whakatane
  • 20/09/2021

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 Whakatane Whirinaki Opotiki district.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

As our next Supervisor of the Treaty / Community team 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 Treaty and Community work programme deliverables.

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 Te Ao Maori setting or a willingness to learn and 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
  • Experience in managing a team of 6 or more
  • Experience in managing positive culture within team
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail and commitment to achieving team objectives
  • Strong health and safety focus
  • Physically fit
  • A current full driving licence


  • Proven experience in managing distributed staff across a team
  • Experience in working with community groups, public and private sector entities
  • Experience and ability to work closely with Treaty Partners
  • 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. The Whakatane Whirinaki Opotiki District prides itself on been a whanau friendly team who look to work within a space where a healthy open diverse culture is at the forefront.

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 – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

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 Jade Kinghazel, , or telephone 07 307 27 87, quoting vacancy 400/04330. 

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 20 September 2021.

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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