Supervisor | Whanganui

Posted on 15-Jun-2022
Application close date: 29-Jun-2022
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Job Specification

  • Are you a natural people leader and organiser who loves working with others and coordinating work programmes?
  • Do you want to make a difference for conservation in New Zealand?
  • An exciting opportunity has become available for a Supervisor Whanganui district office


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 our next Supervisor, Treaty and Community / Kaitauawhi, Āo Hāpori you will be reporting to the local Operations Manager, your role is to instil and maintain a great team culture, assign work to your team, and to inspire, support, and coach them to perform, and build their capability.

The distinctive point of difference for Whanganui District that sets us aside from all other Conservation Districts is the internationally unique and ground-breaking settlement legislation.

Te Awa Tupua Act 2017, and several other Treaty settlements and pending settlements, underpin all our work in the Whanganui National Park. This is an exciting and dynamic time for this District and is historically significant.  

Your enthusiasm and passion for making a positive contribution toward understanding our role in conservation during these formative years will be evident. You will be challenged to inspire your team to seek and deliver conservation outcomes in this unique environment. 

As a key part of the district's leadership team, you will lead your team of Rangers to deliver the district's Treaty and Community work programme deliverables.

Above all, the health, safety and wellbeing of staff will be your highest priority.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

A natural people leader who is passionate about supporting a positive team culture.  You are not afraid to be out in the field with the team, incorporating a ‘management-by-walk-about' approach to your work. We are looking for someone with the confidence and awareness to engage with people from all walks of life. Ideally you will know how to engage effectively in a te ao Māori setting or a willingness to learn and develop your capability in this area, allowing you to work effectively with our Treaty partner.


  • Experience in managing positive culture within team
  • Great communication skills and the ability to get people on board
  • Ability to motivate, monitor and coach to enhance team performance
  • Ability to assign work to match the team's capacity and capabilities
  • Experience in managing a team of 6 or more
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail and commitment to achieving team objectives
  • Strong health and safety focus
  • A current full driving licence


  • Proven experience in managing distributed staff across a team
  • An understanding of te reo Māori and tikanga
  • Understanding of legislation frameworks and procedures
  • Experience in working with community groups, public and private sector entities
  • Experience and ability to work closely with Treaty Partners
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Physically fit
  • Knowledge of conservation legislation, regulations, and statutory processes
  • Understanding of Treaty Settlement negotiations and process.


Mō mātou | About us

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 highly value new energy and fresh perspectives brought into our rohe. We are a fun, hardworking team that focus on whakawhānaungatanga and manaakitanga. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement and provide your existing expertise to the district. In return you will, get to know the Whanganui Region ‘like the back of your hand' and build great relationships and local conservation knowledge.

We take pride in enabling our people 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
  • Employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu, Rainbow Network


Tono ināianei | Apply now

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

The salary range for this position is $72,610 to $92,780 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.


Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday 29 June 2022

For further enquiries, contact Marie Manley at

Job Reference: 400/04750


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.


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