Marine and Coastal Species Liaison Officer, (Temporary), Operations, Dunedin
Department of Conservation
Dunedin, New Zealand
6d ago

This is a temporary fixed-term position for a period of two years and could be located at either Dunedin or Invercargill.

An opportunity exists for an enthusiastic individual to join the Operations Group in an exciting new role dedicated to promoting and improving advocacy for the protection of Taonga species such as New Zealand sea lion / rāpoka, yellow-

eyed penguin / hoiho, Hector's dolphin and other marine species.

Reporting to the Director, Operations, Southern South Island, this role will provide the opportunity for the Department to work closely with local communities in delivering on the Department's marine species conservation goals.

Key responsibilities

  • working alongside Biodiversity and Community Rangers to develop the engagement strategy and supporting incident response and critical issues around interventions;
  • building relationships with Pou Tairangahau to facilitate effective Whānau, Hapu and Iwi engagement;
  • working with local partnership staff on the roll out and implementation of the engagement strategy; and
  • working with the Customer Engagement Unit to produce written products for media or other communications as a result of the engagement strategy
  • Skills / experience

  • Strong knowledge of marine mammal conservation with a key focus on sea lions
  • Local knowledge of Otago, Southland and Rakiura areas and the local communities
  • Highly skilled at inspiring, motivating and directing collaborative project teams across multiple organisations
  • A resilient self-starter, with a proven ability to drive outcomes in a multi-agency environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Significant experience of working with iwi and tangata whenua
  • Familiar with formal project management methodologies
  • Proven ability to assimilate stakeholders' views, synthesize data and feed back into strategic planning
  • Has a good understanding of Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga and is willing to upskill self in this area
  • Willingness to travel regionally and nationally, as and when required.
  • Current full driving license required
  • 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 via the DOC Careers Centre. Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the project description.

    For any queries, please contact Melita Gizilis, mgizilis, or telephone 027 583 0775, quoting vacancy 40 0 / 8000 / 2

    Applications close at 5pm, Monday 23 September 2019.

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

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