Senior Works Officer, (Temporary), Strategic Projects Unit, Operations Group, New Plymouth | New Plymouth

Posted on 11-Nov-2019
Application close date: 02-Dec-2019
New Plymouth
Project Management
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

This is a fixed-term role until January 2023

The Department of Conservation is currently searching for an outstanding engineer/project manager to drive the busy construction phase of the track and hut infrastructure upgrade project as part of the Taranaki Crossing.  The Taranaki Crossing is a major upgrade to tracks and visitor facilities on Taranaki Maunga between Dawson Falls and Mangorei Road.


Taranaki Maunga is a focal point on the west coast of the North Island and reflects the strong and proud region named after it. Taranaki is embracing the unique environment it has to offer tourists and visitors, while it works to minimise the impacts of visitors and seeks to restore damaged ecosystems via intense predator control and re-introduction of key species. In order to provide a world class experience, enhance the environment and give effect to DOC's responsibilities to its treaty partners, we must assess and upgrade visitor infrastructure on some popular tracks on the maunga. That's where you come in…


Based out of the DOC New Plymouth office, you will project manage the track and hut infrastructure upgrades, supporting the Strategic Project Manager to deliver the whole Taranaki Crossing project. You will work with a small team to successfully deliver the project to the planned scope, time and budget. The duration of the project is until January 2023.


This newly established position is responsible for supporting, planning, prioritising and delivering key project management functions including:

  • Providing project management services including engaging and managing consultants, obtaining consents, procurement planning, tendering and managing construction contracts.
  • Contributing to the maintenance of project documentation, team and governance reporting.
  • Using DOC's Project Management Framework in support of all project deliverables including business case development and reporting.
  • Following best practice in the procurement, tender, contract and supplier process.
  • Stakeholder engagement throughout the project including updates and stakeholder meetings.
  • Developing business cases to secure funding to deliver projects.
  • Understanding of Asset Management Plans and financial understanding around opex and capex expenditure.
  • Experience with consultation and engagement with Iwi.
  • Experience and/or understanding of the resource and building consent process and the Resource Management Act and Building Act.


Along with recently being awarded New Zealand's second most attractive employer by Randstad, people like working for us because we offer the following:

  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted health insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally. Please also read the role description and the information sheet in support of this vacancy.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre. Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.

For any queries, please contact Carl Whittleston at or 0272185635, quoting reference 400/99900/1.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 2 December 2019.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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