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.
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 doc.govt.nz, 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.