Inspector | Invercargill

Posted on 23-Nov-2021
Application close date: 08-Dec-2021
Operational Planning
Position type:
Job reference:
  • A sought-after opportunity that doesn't come along often to be an Inspector within the Operations Planning Team for the Southern South Island region.
  • If you are an organised self-starter with lots of energy and enjoy getting out in the backcountry – apply now!


The Southern South Island region includes three National Parks, four Great Walks (soon to be five with the Hump Ridge Track) and many endangered species, including the Kakapo\Takahe programmes. Also included are the subantarctic islands, as a world heritage area, offers a unique opportunity. The region has over 3 million hectares of public conservation land, easily making it the Department of Conservation's / Te Papa Atawhai's largest region.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As our next Inspector, you will be responsible for carrying out inspections on huts, structures, and tracks to determine if they meet the required standards. This is a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and visit some of those remote and special places Te Papa Atawhai manages. Your home base will be Invercargill, but your job will take you all over the conservation estate.

Specifically you will be:

  • Ensuring our Visitor and Historic Assets are safe
  • Inspecting tracks, huts, and structures to provide advice to teams on the ground about asset condition, maintenance requirements and replacement timeframes


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

To be successful in the role, you must be physically capable of working alone in remote backcountry locations. Some days you will be accompanying others, however, you must also be comfortable working alone when required. Full training will be provided regarding inspection standards, safety procedures and systems. We are looking for a great communicator and team player. Please note, due to the requirements of this position, you will occasionally need to work outside regular business hours and in challenging weather conditions, you will need to have experience tramping in New Zealand back country. You will also be required to be away from your home based for several days at a time on a regular basis to undertake inspections.


Required skills and experience

  • Backcountry capable with the ability to work alone safely in these environments
  • Full drivers' licence
  • Good communication / reporting skills
  • Good Microsoft Office and data entry skills
  • Excellent attention to detail


Desired skills and experience:

  • Trade certificate
  • Experience in asset management


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

You will join a team who take pride in the assets they manage both in the front and backcountry across the country. They are experienced, professional, collegial with a great reputation and look forward to supporting a new colleague to join the team.


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

  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition, and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including flexible working arrangements and the employee assistance program


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.


For any enquiry, please contact Debbie Fahey on 027 286 2746 or email quoting vacancy DOC/1584700.


Closing Date: Wednesday 8 December 2021

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