Principal Advisor Heritage, Heritage and Visitors Unit | Wellington

Posted on 09-Oct-2018
Application close date: 25-Oct-2018
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Can you demonstrate heritage management expertise and a commitment to engaging people in New Zealand's unique heritage stories? We are looking for someone innovative, insightful and experienced leader to drive improvement in DOC's heritage system.


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

  • Provide heritage expertise the heritage advice team; reviewing work, ensuring consistency and alignment with international best practice.
  • Support the alignment of the national strategy with regional approaches, ensuring heritage values are reflected appropriately.
  • Work in partnership with the heritage sector as well as the new unit, the wider DOC team, iwi, and natural resource sector stakeholders
  • Prioritise and programme manage competing requirements and regional demands.
  • Bring an innovative and informed approach, seeking to continuously improve our strategies in this area.


Your background will demonstrate:

  • Expert knowledge of best practice of heritage management and public engagement in heritage
  • Experience in a senior or principal advisor position, or a similar position which requires strategic thinking, analysis and reporting skills as well as the ability to influence at the most senior levels.
  • A deep skillset 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, and experience partnering with iwi on complex issues.


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 800/4700.


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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