CITES Outreach Internship, Operations Group, Auckland or Christchurch | Auckland

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 tourism sector, particularly nature-based tourism and the impact this has on endangered species?


We are looking for a motivated and outgoing person to help us establish an outreach programme to develop awareness on the impact tourism is having on the world's endangered species. This project will focus on tourism outreach in the south pacific island nations including Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga.


The project involves outreach to tourists in the South Pacific to understand the international trade of endangered species and the impact this is having on their population in the wild. This work closely relates to the work DOC does as the CITES Management Authority in New Zealand and the International work DOC does in the South Pacific.


CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement with 183 countries as signatories. The goal of the outreach programme is demand reduction in the international trade of endangered species listed in the Appendices to CITES. The species this project will focus on are coral and clams.


This role will require flexibility around working hours and locations but most of the work will be based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. All equipment will be supplied and induction to DOC and the role will be provided.


Technical Knowledge and Skills

An understanding of, and enthusiasm for, New Zealand's tourism sector, particularly nature-based tourism and general understanding of the endangered species listed in the Appendices to CITES and the way legislation is implemented.


Excellent spoken English skills, additional spoken languages would be useful; strong-interpersonal skills; confidence to engage and work with external stakeholder groups; ability to represent the Department in the field with a high degree of professionalism.



Ideally, experience with social research and an ability to compile and communicate effective awareness/outreach material both in person and through technology. It would be desirable for the successful candidate to have a basic understanding of some pacific islands culture and language.


You will learn about conservation and gain an understanding of the role the National Compliance and International teams at DOC play in the wider central government sector.


If you'd like to be part of the dynamic and interesting summer internship program and gain valuable work experience while helping us to better serve our visitors and endangered species, then apply now.


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 14 weeks between November 2018 and 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 Stacey Perkins,, 027 477 6465 quoting vacancy 300/60T1.


Applications close at 5pm 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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