Biodiversity Communications Internship, Biodiversity Group, Wellington | Wellington

Posted on 10-Sep-2018
Application close date: 24-Sep-2018
Position type:
Fixed Term
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Do you have an understanding of and enthusiasm for New Zealand's unique Biodiversity?


We are looking for a motivated and outgoing person to help us undertake a 12 week project to raise the profile of the unique electronic tools we use at Department of Conservation to support threatened species management. This profile will cover the end-to-end development and delivery process, as well as profiling the staff and teams involved in their delivery and usage in the field.


The project will involve hosting a series of interviews with internal staff, in order to gather data on how their work plays a role in conserving New Zealand's biodiversity and threatened species. With support from our Communications Team, you will collect data and undertake independent analysis before presenting your findings to:

- Internal audiences to raise awareness within the Department of this important work
- External audiences to showcase some of the world-class technical solutions the Department uses
- The Minister of Conservation to show the importance of this work in achieving DOC's outcomes.


This role will require you to form strong relationships with the staff in our Electronics Team as well as with our Threatened Species Ambassador. You will also work with other DOC staff, both in the Wellington office and nationally, therefore some travel may be required for this role. 


The Electronics Team design, develop, and deliver specialised technology, which contributes to our work across the Department. For example, audio recording devices and  technology to support the management of kakapo.


The Threatened Species Ambassador raises awareness and inspires action to conserve and protect our threatened native plants and animals


We expect a variety of reusable communications collateral to be developed – suitable for print and electronic media.


Technical Knowledge and Skills

Strong oral and written communication skills, and understanding of the usage of different types of media. 


Excellent spoken English skills, strong-interpersonal skills; the self-confidence to engage and work with new people in new settings every day; ability to represent the Department in the field with a high degree of professionalism. Ideally, the candidate will have experience in administering surveys, both on-line and face-to-face.


You will learn about conservation, and gain an understanding of the central role our team plays in this government department.


If you'd like to be part of a fun and dynamic summer program and gain valuable work experience while helping us to raise the profile of some of our essential work, then apply now.


You will be supported throughout the 12 weeks by the communications team.


To be eligible for an internship you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident AND a full-time student in 2018 at one of the following universities:

• University of Auckland
• Auckland University of Technology
• University of Waikato
• Massey University
• Victoria University of Wellington
• University of Canterbury
• Lincoln University
• University of Otago


Preference will be given to students who have completed at least two years of study.


You will ideally need to be available for at least 12 weeks between 19 November 2018 and 22 February 2019.


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


For more information, please contact Sharon Alderson,, 027 408 3518 quoting vacancy 500/60T1.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 24 September 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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