Regional Health and Safety Advisor | Whangarei

Posted on 10-Jan-2022
Application close date: 23-Jan-2022
Position type:
Job reference:
  • Based in Whangarei or Hamilton or locations within these boundaries
  • Diverse Health and Safety role covering the mahi of our teams from the top of the mountains to the bottom of the oceans. 


At the Department of Conservation | Te Papa Atawhai our staff's health and safety is our top priority. We work in a unique environment where no two days are the same, with our staff often being exposed to a wide range of risks due to the nature and locations of our work.  We foster a positive safety culture and place safety and wellbeing at the heart of what we do. This is an exciting opportunity to join a diverse organisation with a wide range of work - there are few places that have the breadth of opportunities in the field of health and safety that the Department of Conservation can offer you.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As a Regional Health and Safety Advisor you will form part of the National Health and Safety Team, each with an allocated geographical territory.  You will provide expert technical advice to support, coach and mentor Directors and Managers to fulfil their health and safety responsibilities, enabling staff to maintain safe behaviours and enhance a proactive safety culture.  These roles contribute to the maintenance of a safe and healthy work environment by supporting the implementation and monitoring of workplace health and safety systems and processes.

As each Regional Health and Safety Advisor covers a specific allocated geographic territory some travel within these regions is involved. 


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will have a broad Health and Safety background with a strong collaborative approach to your working style, including the ability to influence others to achieve positive health and safety outcomes.  You have wide ranging technical knowledge of health and safety management systems, with a particular focus on critical risk.  You are a problem solver who delivers practical solutions whilst being flexible and adaptable in adjusting your style to work effectively with different people.  There can be times when the workload will be high so the ability to work well under pressure is a must.


Key desired skills

  • Relevant Tertiary Qualification in Workplace Health and Safety Management or similar.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
  • Ability to interact professionally, educate and influence with a diverse group of colleagues
  • Membership to a health and safety professional body e.g. NZ Institute of Safety Management, HASANZ etc is desirable.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Current full drivers licence


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What's in it for you:

The Health and Safety team are known as a dedicated, and hard-working team who are responsive to the organisation and put people at the centre of all they do.  They also take time to have fun with each other and provide great collegiality and support to each other.  Flexible working options are available with both office and work from home being implemented within the team. 

Along with recently being awarded New Zealand's most attractive employer in the public service, people like working for us because we offer:

  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition, and opportunities for personal growth
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives including flexible working arrangements and the employee assistance program


The salary range for this position is $72,610 to $92,780 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience. 


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. 

For any enquiry, please contact Mike Massaar, Health and Safety Manager on 027 472 0812 or, quoting vacancy 600/3854.  

Applications close at 5 pm on Sunday 23 January 2022.

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context. 

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement - All Employees are required to be vaccinated in line with our Vaccination Policy. New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment.

Search Tips