Project Stream Lead | Southland

Posted on 25-Nov-2021
Application close date: 09-Dec-2021
Project Management
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

The Department of Conservation is currently searching for an outstanding Project Manager to drive the delivery of projects for the Southern South Island Flood Recovery and Contaminated Sites Programmes.

In February 2020 a large storm event severely damaged significant areas of south-west Mt Aspiring National Park and northern Fiordland National Park. Damage was sustained to numerous tracks, structures, huts, and amenity areas. The Government subsequently allocated $13.7m to repair flood affected visitor infrastructure. The first tranche of repair work is largely complete (priority repairs to get key visitor facilities up and running for the 2020/21 summer season) and the programme is now re-focusing on the second tranche of work – reinstatement and (where appropriate) enhancement of other visitor sites in northern Fiordland. The programme of recovery work is likely to be complete in late-2023.

The Contaminated Sites projects form part of a national programme which seeks to better understand, manage and/or remediate DOC's contaminated land sites. DOC is responsible for many sites historically used for mining, landfill, or agricultural operations. The Strategic Projects Team are working alongside the National Advisor for Contaminated Land to deliver a programme which will ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and all users of conservation land. Projects within the scope of this role are likely to be located within the South Island Region primarily. Contamination in this region is often linked to old industrial sites, historic landfills, or agricultural land uses.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

You will manage assigned projects, supporting the Programme Managers to deliver their respective initiatives. You will work with small teams to successfully deliver assigned projects to planned scope, time, and budget. The position is responsible for supporting, planning, prioritising, and delivering key project management functions including:

  • Providing project management services including procurement planning, engaging, and managing consultants, obtaining consents, tendering, and managing construction contracts
  • Implementing technical advice and direction of the Technical Director (National Advisor for Contaminated Sites) to ensure quality outcomes and comprehensive assessment of risk
  • Contributing to the maintenance of programme and 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 management process
  • Stakeholder engagement throughout the projects including providing updates and attending stakeholder meetings
  • Developing business cases to secure funding to deliver projects

This is a full-time role for 22 months and is located anywhere within the Otago / Southland region. Office space can be negotiated at some DOC offices within the region but limited at others (offices located in Te Anau, Queenstown, Alexandra, Wanaka, Dunedin, Invercargill). This role is an excellent opportunity for flexible working, including working from home.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

Ideally you will have:

-                 A qualification and/or relevant experience in construction or project / contract management

-                 High level of knowledge and practice of capital and operational budget management within the context of project delivery

-                 High level of experience with applying for statutory consents such as resource or building consents

-                 A current full driving licence is required

-                 Ability to establish systems to adequately monitor progress with projects and contracts

-                 Able to perform quality planning and design tasks, solve workplace problems or apply established technical, administrative, or financial disciplines

-                 An understanding of the National Environmental Standards Hazardous Activities and Industries List, and experience with remediating contaminated sites

-                 Experience with visitor structure and walking track construction and maintenance including an understanding of SNZ HB 8630 Tracks and Outdoor Visitor Structures


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

Along with recently being awarded New Zealand's most attractive employer in the public service, people like working for us because we offer:

  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition, and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including flexible working arrangements and the employee assistance program


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.


For any enquiry, please contact Tom Hopkins,, or telephone (027) 260 4705, quoting vacancy TEMP 400/99540/6.


Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 8 December 2021.

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