Supervisor – Department of Conservation – Stewart Island

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Working with a team who are passionate about conservation and connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives; Contributing to major work programmes including Southern hemisphere’s largest sand dune restoration in Mason Bay and the Southern NZ Dotterel programme; Being supported and welcomed into an island community.  That is your life in Rakiura, Stewart Island.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Supervisor who is passionate about the provision of high-quality conservation outcomes to join our Operations team on Rakiura. Our district collaborates closely with the local community, and the biodiversity sphere is no exception.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

You will be actively working with and supervising a team of dedicated full and part time rangers  across a range of different work programs including:

  • Nationally significant weed eradication projects;
  • Community led conservation initiatives;
  • Threatened species recovery programmes;
  • Pest animal control;
  • Working closely with community groups, volunteers, and iwi.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

If you can turn you hand to most things, you are practical, a people manger, problem solver with the ability to think on your feet, you might just be the Supervisor we are looking for!  This is a role where you get to have a foot in each camp; train and coach staff, undertake field work but also be involved in planning and high-level design.

You will lead a team of talented individuals to deliver the biodiversity work plan. As a great team person with a proven ability to work collaboratively with others you will help your team to develop and succeed in their own work. In this Supervisor position, you need to have an eye for detail, a willingness to work towards continuous improvement, and plenty of drive and initiative. Health, safety and the wellbeing of your staff and volunteers is a high priority.

The successful applicant will ideally have:

  • Experience in staff management;
  • A strong commitment to safety and wellbeing in the work place;
  • Experience in scheduling an effective work programme;
  • Experience in management of biodiversity assets and programmes;
  • Skills in coaching, training and supporting staff to acquire technical knowledge and experience;
  • A strong understanding of, and commitment to, the team process model.

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

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. It is a real community and family culture within the team at Rakiura, we all look out for one another’s wellbeing and as a new team member you can expect a warm welcome.

Along with recently being awarded New Zealand’s most attractive employer in the public service, people like working for us because we offer:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

Please apply online at the DOC Careers centre. Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.

For any queries, please contact Debbie Fahey on 0272862746, quoting vacancy 400/09730R

Applications close at 5 pm 17th May 2021

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


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