Operations Manager, (Fixed Term/Secondment) | Whakatane

Posted on 15-Jun-2022
Application close date: 03-Jul-2022
General Manager/Executive
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
  • Are you a strong people leader who can inspire and build capability?
  • Can you bring passion and energy to influence a positive culture?
  • 18-month secondment/fixed term role based in Whakatane


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 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 an Operations Manager and a senior member of our Regional Leadership team you will be well networked and comfortable working with a cross section of stakeholders throughout our region. You will lead our high performing Whakatane Operations team, delivering quality conservation outcomes whilst supporting partnerships throughout the region.

The work of the team focuses on working alongside our Whānau/Hapū/Iwi and wider community stakeholders, including pest control, biodiversity programmes, the maintenance of camping grounds and public walking tracks.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We are looking for a strong people leader, with exceptional relationship management skills, someone who is inspiring, motivating, and comfortable working with and supporting a highly experienced and dedicated team. The right individual will have proven experience in leading larger teams having the ability to drive a collaborative model as well as driving for operational excellence.

You will be confident to work intimately with whānau/hapū/iwi and have pride in working with the Whakatane community in a local and national context.

Health and safety of staff and visitors to conservation sites is of utmost importance to Te Papa Atawhai/DOC, and this senior role is charged with creating a strong safety-first environment, ensuring there is a positive safety culture and consistent safety practice across all work sites.

The ability to build strong collaborative relationships internally and externally is vital to your success, you will be dedicated to achieving goals and building on conservation efforts in the District.  In many areas, whānau/hapū/iwi and community groups are leading conservation work and these relationships need to be fostered and supported by the Operations Manager.

A level of political astuteness is also required for our Operations Manager, coupled with the ability to identify and provide strategies to manage risk or identify solutions to complex or uncertain situations.


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
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa.

Rā katinga | Applications close at 5 pm on Sunday 3 July 2022

Me he pātai anō | For further enquiries, contact Marie Manley, Recruitment Advisor at mmanley@doc.govt.nz,

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/04300.


COVID-19 Vaccination requirement – From 4 May 2022 our Vaccination Policy, requiring all employees to be vaccinated, has been suspended but may be reinstated in the future if the COVID-19 situation changes. Positions that are identified as high risk will still have a requirement for appointees to be vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing for these positions will be required and applicants will be notified during the recruitment process if this condition will apply.

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

Visit www.doc.govt.nz to find out more about a career with us.

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