Manager Conservation Dogs Programme, Operations Group, Auckland | Auckland

Posted on 06-May-2019
Application close date: 27-May-2019
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This is an exciting role where you will have the opportunity to lead a national programme, internationally recognised as one of the world's leading Conservation Dog Programmes.


The focus of the role is to lead the New Zealand Conservation Dogs Programme by setting clear direction and standards to ensure that the Programme is able to deliver a professional and effective dog detection service.


The Programme is responsible for overseeing the training, mentoring and certifications for 80-plus registered handlers, including permanent staff and contractors.


The manager leads a team of Senior Advisors, as well as a small team of pest detection dog handlers.  Through the Senior Advisors, this role provides specialist knowledge and advice on conservation dog activities to the Director, Operations Auckland.


The location of the position is open, to be agreed with by the Operations Director Auckland.


The role requires an experienced people leader who is skilled at inspiring, motivating and leading remote teams.  A key focus is to foster an inclusive culture that values diversity and continuous improvement. There is a strong relationship management component to this role, including working with key commercial partner Kiwibank, as well as contractors, media companies and DOC's Commercial Partnerships Unit. Experience in conservation management is desirable but not essential.


As DOC has a strong focus on the Health and Safety of its staff and visitors to conservation sites, this role will also be charged with setting clear ‘safety first' expectations systems and procedures, ensuring there is a positive safety culture and consistent safety practice across all aspects of the work.

If you have what it takes and want to be part of our team, apply now!


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 via 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 Joanne Ah Young,, or telephone 027 2024516, quoting vacancy 400/9800.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 27 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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