Senior/Policy Advisor | Wellington

Posted on 13-Jun-2022
Application close date: 28-Jun-2022
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
Note clipRole Description - Senior-Policy Advisor .pdf (PDF, 196KB)
Job Specification

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.


At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.

Mō te tīma | About the team

Our Policy team aims to look after our unique environment in a way that benefits current and future generations. We are grappling with some big issues; from managing the increasing numbers of visitors, protecting NZ's unique biodiversity, and ensuring people connect to our natural and cultural heritage. We want to protect our stunning landscapes and provide opportunity for Aotearoa's economic and regional development.

The Marine Policy Team progresses exciting programmes to protect our oceans, including marine protected area legislative reform, creating new marine protection areas in the Hauraki Gulf, managing the new cross-government Oceans Secretariat, and advising on marine protection proposals and reviews.

Due to the continued expansion of our work programme and internal progression, we have one permanent full time and three 18-month fixed term opportunities.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

We are looking for bright and ambitious advisors and senior advisors, with a passion for providing high quality advice, to deliver new marine protection in the Hauraki Gulf and key strategic work in the Oceans Secretariat. This is an exciting opportunity to work on complex, high-priority policy issues with close Ministerial interest and deliver significant conservation benefits to Aotearoa.

You will have government policy experience, be delivery-focused, and ideally have previous experience in natural resources policy. 

Your ability to work with and through others, both in and out of the department, will be critical in this role. You'll also need to think through policy problems clearly and impartially, and to communicate your advice in an accessible and compelling way.

Ko ngā hua | What we offer

We enable our people to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

  • Flexible working options
  • Opportunity to develop and grow your skills within the group and wider organisation
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network


Tono ināianei | Apply now

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

Rā katinga | Applications close: 28 June 2022.

Me he pātai anō | For any enquiry, please contact Amelia Smith, or telephone 027 644 2103, quoting vacancy DOC/1634853

Taupānga| Job Reference: DOC/1634853.

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. 


DOC 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 – 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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