Statutory Project Manager, Mackenzie, (Temporary), Partnerships, Twizel or Christchurch | Twizel

Posted on 06-Nov-2018
Application close date: 23-Nov-2018
Project Management
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

This is a fixed term role for two (2) years


The Department of Conservation is the central government agency that is charged with managing New Zealand's natural and historic heritage on behalf of all New Zealanders. The Department's vision is that New Zealand is ‘the greatest living space on Earth'. To achieve this vision, the Department is focusing on working with others to achieve more conservation.


The Mackenzie Basin is an iconic area of the Canterbury High Country characterised by “big sky” open landscapes, rolling tussock grasslands, unique biodiversity, and a special place in the national psyche of New Zealand. These are also important ancestral lands for Ngāi Tahu containing many taonga and traditional responsibilities for mana whenua.


The Mackenzie Basin also contains highly significant biodiversity values, including a disproportionate number of rare and threatened species found nowhere else in New Zealand. There is now an opportunity to establish a Drylands Heritage Area in the Mackenzie / Waitaki to achieve protection of those special values.


We are looking for an effective project leader to join the Partnerships Group as a Statutory Project Manager. This position is responsible for:

  • Project managing statutory processes in a complex environment
  • Astute benefit and risk management
  • Co-design of projects with Ngāi Tahu in Treaty partnership
  • Delivery of statutory projects through collaboration with other agencies in a way that drives current and future alignment


Reporting to the Principal Advisor - Mackenzie, you will deliver the statutory and project elements of this work. You will proactively drive projects primarily through partnership and co-design with mana whenua, according to legislation, and in collaboration with other agencies and the community.


To be successful, you will demonstrate:

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills including with Māori
  • Proven project delivery experience
  • Proven partnership success
  • Passion for, and sound knowledge of, New Zealand's iconic Mackenzie Country


An existing network base is highly desirable as is an understanding of conservation business. High standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity are fundamental to this role. Knowledge of specific statutory processes would be an advantage.


Note that the preferred location for this role is Twizel, South Canterbury.


Please apply online.  Applications must include a concise one-page cover letter which describes your understanding of this role and why you would be the suitable applicant, and CV with evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description on no more than two double-sided pages. 


For any queries, please contact Jeremy Severinsen, , quoting vacancy 300/0001/3T


Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 23 November 2018.


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

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