Operations Manager
Department of Conservation
Greymouth, New Zealand
23h ago

Job Specification

  • Utilise your skill and passion for people leadership to support operational delivery of conservation.
  • Take the lead on a unique, challenging, and diverse portfolio of work.
  • Live, work and make your mark in one of New Zealand's most spectacular pieces of natural wilderness.
  • Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata

    If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive

    At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation (DOC) we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives.

    Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.

    He angitūtanga About the role

    As our Operations Manager (Pou Matarautaki) for Greymouth, you will be responsible for leading a close-knit and passionate operations team ensuring effective integrated delivery of high-quality conservation outcomes.

    You will have strength in operating discipline to ensure the region thrives. The work programme across the motu is diverse and ambitious, so your ability to foster and continuously enhance team wellbeing and culture through strong engagement, empowerment, guidance, and ongoing development is critical.

    Whakawhanaungatanga will be a guiding principle throughout this mahi and will enable you to foster, enhance and develop new relationships both with treaty partners, community stakeholders and the wider Greymouth and Western South Island communities.

    You will be the operational face of the Department in the Greymouth community.

  • The district is responsible for the management of a range of exciting and complex projects and sites including the Paparoa Track Great Walk;
  • the Tohu Whenua sites of Brunner and Waiuta; Victoria Conservation Park and the Lewis Pass National Reserve and Te Maruia;
  • the Reefton Gold Fields Heritage Area and mining operations across the Greymouth District.

    Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako Skills and experience

    You will be an experienced people leader who is skilled at inspiring, motivating, and directing teams who will shape a culture that values continuous improvement.

    There are multiple stakeholders both internally and externally which brings large relationship management component to this role, so strong communication skills are essential to ensure engagement and effective relationships.

    Ideally you will have experience working alongside whānau, hapū, iwi as well as with the community, other agencies, and business groups.

    Experience in conservation management is desirable but not essential

    In addition, you will have :

  • Understanding and knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, its principles and implications on society and conservation
  • Strong health and safety focus to enable a positive safety culture and consistent safety practice
  • A collaborative and inclusive work style with both internal and external stakeholders and experience partnering with whānau, hapū and iwi to achieve mutual aspirations
  • A level of political astuteness is required coupled with the ability to identify and manage risk in uncertain situations
  • Desirable knowledge / experience :

  • Knowledge and experience working with businesses, Government Departments and Local Authorities.
  • Experience with establishing, working, and developing strong collaborative relationships with Māori community networks in the Greymouth region, including whānau, hapū and iwi and wider communities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Tikanga Māori and Te Ao Māori
  • Greymouth and the Western South Island District is one of the most spectacular thus one of the more complex and challenging within Te Papa Atawhai.

    It is well supported by the region with a strong, collegial Senior Leadership team and offers the right candidate, an unparalleled experience and opportunity.

    Mō mātou About us

    Not just within DOC but all the West Coast communities are incredibly open, friendly, and very welcoming to newcomers with a community lifestyle no longer found in the big cities.

    Life is easy on the Coast, with great food, good coffee, and interesting creative, social and community networks to become involved in.

    From kindergarten through to high school, local children are immersed in the environment as part of their education. Outdoor recreational activities abound, with strong communities of outdoors people with such easy access, you can either sit back and enjoy the nature around you or get out and adventure in it.

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

    Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate) guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.

    Ko ngā hua What we offer

    We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations.

    Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes :

  • Flexible working options where applicable
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network
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