Supervisor | Aoraki Mt Cook

Posted on 13-May-2022
Application close date: 27-May-2022
Aoraki Mt Cook
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Job Specification

  • Excellent opportunities to build your skills and enjoy a satisfying career.
  • Full time permanent position based in Aoraki/Mount Cook
  • Aspire to live and work in a world heritage alpine region
  • Attractive salary and affordable department housing


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 


At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi. 

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Supervisor in the Aoraki/Mount Cook district. We are looking for a dedicated and collaborative individual to join our team who feels inspired, day in day out and connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.


He angitūtanga | About the Role

The Department of Conservation manages Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park infrastructure encompassing high alpine huts, roads and facilities to a tourist village managing delivery of key services. As our next Supervisor of the Local Body Services and Heritage and Recreation teams you'll report to the local Operations Manager. You'll lead, coach and inspire your team; assign, monitor and review work with your team and foster a great working culture. Your passion for making a positive impact for conservation will shine through, inspiring your team to continuously strive to deliver great environmental outcomes. 

As a key part of the district's leadership team, you will lead your team of Rangers to deliver the district's Local Body work programme within Aoraki/Mount Cook Village and the Heritage/Visitor work programme with the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Above all, the health and safety and wellbeing of staff will be your highest priority.


He kōrero mōu | What we are looking for

A natural people leader who is passionate about supporting a positive team culture. You may be out in the field with the team, incorporating a ‘management-by-walk-about' approach to your work. You will have great communication and engagement skills allowing a heightened sense of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. You will know how to engage effectively with Manawhenua and show a willingness to learn karakia, pepeha and local tikanga to develop your capability in this area, allowing you to work effectively with whānau, hapū, and iwi.


  • Proven leadership abilities, trade, and business skills, be innovative, systematic and able to mentor and manage staff. You must be physically fit, have a can-do attitude and is someone who wants to get things done.
  • Strategic analysis and decision-making, great planning and financial management.
  • Commitment to excellence – sets high personal and professional standards; assumes responsibility and accountability for the success of the team.
  • 5 plus years trade experience in construction or related sector and knowledge of delivering maintenance programmes over a broad range of infrastructure. A trade qualification or equivalent experience.
  • Strong computer literacy, proficiency in the use of Word, Excel, and cloud-based computing. A full driver's licence is a must have, and class 2 and a current first aid certificate would be an advantage.
  • Good backcountry skills and knowledge, and experience in search and rescue or emergency management
  • Proven health and safety focus and visitor risk identification and management


Mō te tīma | About the team  

  • The 5 Local Body Rangers make up the team working on a 7-day roster who manage the Aoraki/Mount Cook Village council related services, water supply treatment system, storage tanks, intakes, oxidation ponds and compliance work.
  • The team manage the full village waste and recycling collection, landscaping, roading and public tracks within the village and snow clearing after winter snow events.
  • Property maintenance and compliance for 5 corporate buildings and 23 flats/houses.
  • Vehicle fleet, heavy plant and generator maintenance and compliance.
  • The 3 Heritage/Visitor Rangers manage the White Horse Hill Campground and front country facilities service work on a 7-day roster with lots of engagement with visitors.
  • 15 Hut's (6 high alpine), 2 Icon tracks, other tracks, bridges, and structures maintenance planned over a 12-month programme.
  • FENZ Urban and Rural Fire training and response.


Mō mātou | About us 

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate) guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.  


Ko ngā hua | What we offer 

We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:  

  • Flexible working options where applicable 
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme 
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network


Tono ināianei | Apply now!

Submit a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa. 

The salary range for this position is $72,610 to $92,780 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.


Rā katinga | Applications close at 5 pm on Friday, 27 May 2022

Me he pātai anō | For further enquiries, contact Tennile Toulson, at

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/08520


COVID-19 Vaccination requirement – From 4 May 2022 our Vaccination Policy, requiring all employees to be vaccinated, has been suspended but may be reinstated in the future if the COVID-19 situation changes. Positions that are identified as high risk will still have a requirement for appointees to be vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing for these positions will be required and applicants will be notified during the recruitment process if this condition will apply.

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