Regional Visitor Planning Manager, Heritage and Visitors Unit, Hamilton, Nelson or Invercargill | Hamilton

Posted on 09-Oct-2018
Application close date: 25-Oct-2018

Spatial Planning expertise, collaboration and partnership building, leadership and system thinking – planning roles this demanding and impactful are few and far between.


This role can be performed from one of the following locations: Hamilton, Nelson or Invercargill


At DOC, we are undergoing a refresh of the heritage and visitors strategy. A growing population, growing tourism industry, and increasing interest in getting into the outdoors means greater use of public lands and waters. Visitors are more diverse and interested in a wider range of experiences. Managing a million new visitors well demands new approaches and techniques, to protect conservation values and to ensure that visitors have great experience. To this end, a new unit is being established; one dedicated to ensuring DOC manages our major visitor regions well over the long term.


This role reports to the Director Heritage and Visitors, and has the following key responsibilities: 

  • Lead ‘landscape scale' projects in spatial planning, and oversee all spatial planning initiatives in the heritage and visitors areas
  • Work in partnership with the new unit, the wider DOC team, including operations;  mana whenua;  the tourist and heritage sectors; and the wider natural resources sector.
  • Develop an effective procurement approach to improve national consistency and quality of other spatial planning initiatives using external contractors
  • Bring an innovative and informed approach, seeking to continuously improve our strategies in this area.


Your background will demonstrate:

  • A deep understanding of spatial planning disciplines, models and frameworks as they relate to the planning of recreation/tourism opportunities; as well as a tertiary qualification in planning or a related disciplines.
  • Experience in a senior position which requires strategic thinking and the ability to influence at the most senior levels.
  • Confidence in cross-functional approaches to working, with a proven ability to at once collaborate and deliver.
  • An understanding of Te Ao Māori values and knowledge, especially as this applies to the use of natural resources.
  • Demonstrated experience partnering with iwi on complex issues.
  • A track record of innovation and bringing evidence based practice into pragmatic solutions.


The role is fulltime or may done at 80% FTE. Your staff are spread across the country, so travel will be required. 


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


For any queries, please contact Amy Tea at 027 435 3000 quoting vacancy 800/4200.


Applications close at 5pm on Thursday, 25 October 2018


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

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