Operations Manager | Gisborne

Posted on 14-Jun-2022
Application close date: 28-Jun-2022
Position type:
Job reference:
  • Keen to combine your passion for people leadership, operations delivery & conservation?
  • Are you motivated to lead a team to deliver on our Kaupapa vision: Papatūānuku Thrives?
  • Full-time permanent opportunity based in Gisborne with regular regional travel


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.

Te Papa Atawhai is calling for an Operations Manager to join our East Coast District Leadership team. Based in Gisborne, you'll lead a passionate and multi-disciplinary team of supervisors and rangers who deliver and support biodiversity, visitor and heritage and community engagement.

This is a rare opportunity to advance extraordinary conservation efforts throughout a unique part of the motu. The East Coast District extends from Putorino in the south (Waikare River) to Potaka in the north, inland to the edge of Te Urewera, up through the Raukumara Range and east to the islands of Whangaokeno and Waikawa (Portland Island).


He angitūtanga | About the role

This role calls for a confident and inspiring people leader with a successful track record in managing and leading teams. Our work programmes are diverse, fast-paced and ambitious, so your ability to foster and continuously enhance team wellbeing and culture through strong engagement, guidance and ongoing development is critical.

Strong critical-thinking skills will enable you to oversee strategic and operational demands across a vast geographic region whilst working in close partnership with delivery teams and leaders across the DOC eco-system to solve issues, adapt through challenges and identify solutions. Your confidence and commitment to establish, foster and continuously strengthen community and priority partnerships with mana whenua, iwi, hapū and whānau, understanding what it means to be an effective partner in the Crown-Māori relationship, will be central to achieving connected and united conservation outcomes. This is a full time, permanent role.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We need an individual, who is a proven team player, is great at communicating, and has practical hands on skills.  You will be versatile and resilient and able to tackle a variety of work.  You will thrive with confidence and support the department and the local teams' mahi. 

If you have the following attributes, we are keen to hear from you:

  • Strong people leadership capability – has the ability to inspire and motivate others while fostering a culture which values teamwork and continuous improvement;
  • Experience in stakeholder and community partnership with the ability to effectively engage and partner with mana whenua, iwi, hapū and whanau to achieve conservation outcomes;
  • Strong planning and delivery management skills;
  • Resilience to navigate through times of pressure, challenge or ambiguity; and
  • A strong understanding of health and safety to enable a positive safety culture.  

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 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

We expect to appoint at a salary range of 106K-130K depending on the successful applicant's experience.

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 5pm on Tuesday, 28th June 2022

Me he pātai anō | For further enquiries, contact Lilly Witcomb at lwitcomb@doc.govt.nz

Taupānga | Job Reference: DOC/1635100


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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