Te Wahipounamu Story Telling Advisor, (Temporary), Operations, Te Anau | Southland

Posted on 06-May-2019
Application close date: 20-May-2019
Position type:
Fixed Term
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This is a 12 month temporary fixed term role. 


Are you passionate about working with tangata whenua and the wider community? Do you know what narratives help people connect to nature? Are you able to plan and manage work to deliver a good output in specified timeframes?


The Department of Conservation is seeking applicants for the position of  Te Wahipounamu Story Telling Advisor. This is an exciting opportunity to take on a Regional role that will lead on supporting the development of key resources and processes to support the delivery of Interpretation in the SSI Region. This role will support and enable our Interpretation Rangers to provide great narratives on history, culture and the natural environment at place. Core components of this role include:


  • Supporting the development of great iwi relationships with best practice tools, approaches and support;
  • Developing and improving interpretation training materials in consultation with Learning and Development;
  • Developing and supporting the embedding of interpretation protocols and guidance;
  • Supporting local areas to identify and develop local interpretation resources;
  • Leading the development of measures that can be used to evaluate the success of interpretation for DOC, the customer and treaty partners;
  • Supporting a network for interpretation rangers that can support these critical roles develop great interpretation across the region.


The ideal applicant will:

  • Have a tertiary qualification, or equivalent experience, in either project management, ecology/environmental studies or community education
  • Some experience of Interpretation(telling narratives at place about the history, culture and natural environment).
  • Be passionate about working with whānau, hapū and iwi and have respect for te ao Māori me ngā tikanga. Me mātau ngā kaitono ki te taha tikanga, taha ohaoha, taha tangata o te ao Māori
  • Be a team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be a strong networker, with positive working relationships across a broad range of public and private sector businesses and groups
  • Have experience of leading work  to specified quality and time standards.


A good understanding of te reo Māori will be an advantage. Me paku matatau ngā kaitono ki te korero Māori.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally. Please apply online at the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.


For any queries, please contact Samantha Latham, slatham@doc.govt.nz or 0272654156 quoting vacancy 400/8340/2T


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 20 May 2019.

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


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