Programme Administrator, Mackenzie, (Temporary), Partnerships, Christchurch | Christchurch

Posted on 05-Oct-2018
Application close date: 22-Oct-2018
Project Management
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

This is a fixed term role for 2 years


The Department of Conservation is the central government agency that is charged with managing New Zealand's natural and historic heritage on behalf of all New Zealanders. The Department's vision is that New Zealand is ‘the greatest living space on Earth'. To achieve this vision, the Department is focusing on working with others to achieve more conservation.


The Mackenzie Basin is an iconic area of the Canterbury High Country characterised by “big sky” open landscapes, rolling tussock grasslands, unique biodiversity, and a special place in the national psyche of New Zealand. These are also important ancestral lands for Ngāi Tahu containing many taonga and traditional responsibilities for mana whenua.


The Mackenzie Basin also contains highly significant biodiversity values, including a disproportionate number of rare and threatened species found nowhere else in New Zealand. There is now an opportunity to establish a Drylands Heritage Area in the Mackenzie / Waitaki to achieve protection of those special values.


Furthermore, in 2017 Environment Canterbury, Land Information New Zealand, Department of Conservation, Waitaki District Council and Mackenzie District Council commissioned Hutchings & Logan to examine the opportunities for greater agency alignment in the Mackenzie Basin.


The Mackenzie Basin Agency Alignment Programme results from this, with ongoing commitment from the five agencies.  Aligning the five agencies will lead to better environmental and community outcomes, effective service delivery and will be an exemplar of collaboration and partnership.


We are looking for an effective coordinator to join the Partnerships Group as a programme administrator. This position is responsible for:

  • Supporting and documenting strategy, workstreams and tasks
  • Implementing change orders
  • Progress and risk reporting
  • Supporting the project leads to co-design and co-deliver projects with Ngāi Tahu in order to give effect to the Treaty partnership.
  • Contribution to a ‘one team' operating culture across DOC and its partner agencies.


Reporting to the Principal Advisor - Mackenzie, you will deliver programme coordination and administration on behalf of DOC and its partner agencies.


To be successful, you will demonstrate:

  • Proven project and programme delivery experience.
  • The ability to be agile in your work, anticipating and responding to emerging risks and opportunities.
  • Passion for, and knowledge of, New Zealand's iconic Mackenzie Country
  • Knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and commitment to giving effect to the Crown's Treaty partnership.


An existing network base is highly desirable as is an understanding of conservation business. High standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity are fundamental to this role.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.


Please apply online.  Applications must include a concise one-page cover letter which describes your understanding of this role and why you would be the suitable applicant, and CV with evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description on no more than two double-sided pages. 


For any queries, please contact Jeremy Severinsen, , quoting vacancy 300/0001/2.


Applications close at 5.00pm on Monday, 22 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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