Senior Permissions Advisor (Treaty) | Wellington

Posted on 17-Jun-2022
Application close date: 03-Jul-2022
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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


We have a fantastic employment opportunity for a passionate and well organised person to join our national permissions team, contributing to the regulatory management of New Zealand's natural resources.

Most activities on public conservation land, or in relation to protected wildlife, marine mammals, or marine reserves, require approval from the Department. In providing these approvals, the Department has obligations to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Our Permissions team members, located in Service Centres in Hamilton, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hokitika, process these applications. We help to ensure that activities occurring on public conservation land are undertaken in a manner that protects the values of the land, complies with the legislation, and meets our Treaty of Waitangi obligations to Māori. 


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As a Senior Permission Advisor (Treaty) your role will be supporting the application processes along with providing technical support to your peers. Whilst you will be required to support all aspects of the application process, this role will focus on supporting the work required to ensure applications meet the Department's Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

The role will see you lead improvement work on aligning the Department's Permissions processes with our Treaty of Waitangi obligations. This will include collaborating with others in an inclusive team process environment to ensure professional and high-quality outputs.

You will be directly involved in building and maintaining relationships with a wide range of people, including Māori, stakeholder groups and industries, and providing professional advice and support to internal and external customers.

This is a permanent, fulltime position. We're open to where you might be based, so please indicate your preferred work location in your covering letter.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We want to hear from you if you:

  • are comfortable engaging and working in partnership with iwi and tangata whenua and can demonstrate an understanding of the implications of the Treaty on today's society and conservation
  • are a confident and able communicator who builds trust with others
  • can demonstrate strong analytical skills and be able to transfer analysis into a professional quality report
  • can manage having a number of tasks on the go and apply work planning and organising tools to make the best use of your time
  • are solution focussed
  • have a background or good understanding of planning/legislative processes


Tono ināianei | Apply now

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

We are looking to appoint this role between $72,610- 92,780 (depending on skills and experience).

Rā katinga | Applications close: Sunday 3 July 2022.

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Judi Brennan,, or telephone 027 4447713, quoting vacancy 400/100437.


Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/100437

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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