Operations Manager | Wanaka

Posted on 22-Feb-2021
Application close date: 08-Mar-2021
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Job Specification

  • Rare opportunity to take the lead on a unique and challenging portfolio of work;
  • Permanent, full time opportunity;
  • Utilise your exceptional leadership capabilities to drive the success of our dedicated team.


Now is an exciting time to join the passionate team at Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation. We have an amazing opportunity to lead a team of dedicated staff in DOC's Central Otago district as our next Operations Manager.

This is a rare opportunity to take advantage of your leadership expertise to make highly valuable contributions to New Zealand conservation. We are looking for a dedicated and collaborative leader to join us who feels inspired, day in day out and connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.

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.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As the Central Otago Operations Manager, you will be responsible for leading the district's operations team to ensure the effective integrated delivery of high-quality conservation outcomes. Importantly, we are looking for someone who can create and identify gamechanger opportunities, and who makes them happen. You will have strength in operating discipline to ensure the region thrives. Based in Wanaka, this district is an important hub for DOC, and it comes with its own unique complexities and challenges.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

This appointment requires an experienced people leader who is skilled at inspiring, motivating and directing teams who will shape a culture that values continuous improvement.  There is a strong relationship management component to this role, including working alongside whānau, hapū, iwi collaboratively and effectively, as well as the community, businesses and others.  Experience in conservation management is desirable but not essential. 


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What's in it for you?

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer flexible working options, the ability to sometimes work from home or slightly adjust regular business hours as long as the work gets done.

Excellent training opportunities. If successful, part of your welcoming into the organisation will include invitation to attend our exciting nationwide induction and ongoing training programs to learn more about the department and make valuable connections with new colleagues throughout the country.

As DOC has a strong focus on Health and Safety, this role will also be responsible for leading a safety-first culture across all work sites.


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. 

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 8 of March 2021.

For any enquiry, please contact Rebecca Donne at rebecca@amytea.co.nz, quoting vacancy DOC/400/8100.

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

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