Careers in conservation & the environment

Supervisor (Fixed Term) – Department of Conservation – Dargaville

  • Fixed Term
  • Dargaville
  • 27/09/2021

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 Aotearoa? An exciting opportunity has become available for a Supervisor in the Kauri Coast district, working alongside an established and hardworking team of 18.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

As the Supervisor of the Heritage and Visitors team you will be based in our Dargaville office.  A key part of your role is to support and coach the team to perform, building their capability and preserving a great team culture.  Your passion for making a positive impact for conservation will shine through, inspiring your team to continuously strive to deliver bigger and better environmental outcomes for the region.

Your focus is to provide support to the Operations Manager through leading the planning, scheduling and allocation of staff resources to deliver on the work plans associated with our Recreation and Historic work.  This is across a wide range of assets including tracks, wash stations, huts, campgrounds and structures within the Kauri Coast district.

Your skills and experience will be vitally important in supervising others on the ground and for mentoring, coaching, supporting and overseeing rangers, contractors, community groups and volunteers doing conservation work.

This role is a Fixed Term for 3yrs, based in our Dargaville Office.

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;
  • 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 teams and building a positive team culture;
  • 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. 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.

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 Stephen Soole at or phone 027 208 7163, quoting vacancy 400/01350

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 27 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.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory.




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