Operations Manager, Chatham Islands | Chatham Islands

Posted on 03-Feb-2020
Application close date: 24-Feb-2020
Chatham Islands
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Job Specification

  • Significant professional and personal growth opportunity
  • Live and work in one of New Zealand's most unique and special locations


Interested in living in one of NZ's most unique and special locations? Want to put your people leadership and relationship management skills to work in a small and complex environment? Enjoy the outdoors along with large quantities of fresh crayfish, paua, and blue cod? We are looking for an Operations Manager in the Chatham Islands – part of the Lower North Island Region – the greatest little region in New Zealand. 


The Chatham's have the highest level of endemism in the New Zealand biogeographic region - 47 plant, 16 bird, over 50 invertebrate and one lizard endemic taxa. You will be working with some of New Zealand's rarest species such as black robins, shore plover and Chatham Island taiko.


The Chatham Island Operations Manager leads a team of rangers who are responsible for:

-          Biosecurity

-          Biodiversity

-          Protection of precious local icons both recreational and historic

-          Continuing to build on partnership opportunities with key stakeholders including our two Treaty Partners, Trusts and the local community.


Your level of success in this role will rely on your ability to display exceptional leadership and empower your team to deliver on key outcomes of the work programme. You will be focused on maintaining and building strong internal and external relationships. There are also excellent opportunities to build on the significant progress made by the existing team on PF2050 and 1BTP initiatives.


What's in it for you?

  • Professional growth – This is the perfect opportunity to significantly increase your leadership capability.
  • Personal Growth – Working in one of New Zealand's most remote communities is an exciting and rewarding challenge to live and work beyond your comfort zone.
  • Special and Internationally Unique environment
  • Excellent employee benefits – employee assistance program, discounted insurance, free accommodation in backcountry huts/campsites as well as general travel and accommodation discounts.
  • A range of allowances to assist with living costs
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work!


What are we looking for?

  • Proven experience successfully leading teams
  • Outstanding communication skills including the ability to engage with and create synergy across a diverse range of cultural groups including Iwi and community organisations.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others while fostering a culture which values teamwork and continuous improvement
  • Strong understanding of health and safety to enable a positive safety culture


For further information, or to tee up a time to chat with Reg Kemper the Operations Director, please call Sharon Alexander, +64 27 722 5430 in the first instance.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre. Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 24 February 2020.

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

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