Careers in conservation & the environment

Supervisor – Department of Conservation – Fox Glacier

  • Full Time
  • Fox Glacier
  • 28/09/2020

Website Department of Conservation

If you love working in the outdoors, appreciate a remote natural environment, and have good practical field skills with a proven ability for leading and organising work, then this is the job for you!

In South Westland we pride ourselves on the quality and range of tourism, recreation and historic assets we manage. The recreation opportunities range from backcountry huts and tracks used predominantly for hunting tahr, chamois and deer, to campsites beside pristine lakes or wild remote west coast beaches, to the icon sites of Lake Matheson, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Ship Creek.

You will need to be able to live and work in a remote rural community and have a positive “can-do” attitude.  If this sounds like you – apply now!

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.

As a key part of the district’s leadership team you will lead your team of Rangers to deliver the district’s recreation and historic work programme in Fox Glacier.  The successful applicant will be a natural leader and collaborator who enjoys the challenge of working in a dynamic and changing environment with a skilled team.

As a Supervisor you have defined leadership responsibilities including the ability to organise and lead technical work programmes relating to:

  • construction and maintenance of visitor sites, assets and information
  • management and improvement of front country facilities and amenities
  • visitor safety and risk management systems

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.

Ideally you will have proven experience in:

  • Sensitivity and sound knowledge of Māori culture and the Department’s responsibilities to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi under section 4 of the Conservation Act.
  • extensive experience in field-based recreation asset and facilities management
  • sound knowledge and practical experience of recreation/historic work
  • Great communication skills and the ability to get people on board
  • Ability to motivate, monitor and coach to enhance team performance
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail and commitment to achieving team objectives
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances when organising field programmes
  • Strong health and safety focus
  • Physically fit
  • Good backcountry skills and knowledge
  • A current full driving licence
  • A sound understanding of conservation management, strategic and tactical thinking, and planning


  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Chainsaw training and experience

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

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

The chance to join a large organisation that’s still growing. 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 development opportunities across the South Westland District and beyond.

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 Wayne Costello,, or telephone 022 00 92963, quoting vacancy 400/6670. 

Applications close at 5pm, on Monday, 28 September 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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