Senior Policy Advisor (Fixed Term)

Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • Do you feel inspired by and connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives?
  • Full-time fixed term (secondment cover opportunity) through to April 2023
  • Role based at our Wellington national office with flexible working opportunities

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 (DOC) 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.

Our Policy unit has a unique fixed-term opportunity for an experienced Senior Policy Advisor to join the team. We work to align science and policy and develop investment strategies that deliver step change growth in conservation.

He angitūtanga | About the Role

We are calling for a politically savvy policy specialist to join the team to undertake policy analysis and lead on complex and varied policy projects. We are grappling with some big issues: how DOC and conservation more generally can contribute to raising Aotearoa's wellbeing; honouring our Treaty partnership for the benefit of iwi, hapū and whanau; and restoring our natural beauty while ensuring people can connect to our natural and cultural heritage.

You'll be confident and capable to develop robust and strategic policy advice that meets the needs of senior leaders and the Minister, continuously scanning the environment, and also leading on consultations and negotiations that represent Te Papa Atawhai and align with our strategic policy objectives.

He kōrero mōu | What we are looking for?

To be successful, you'll have strong policy analysis skills coupled with previous experience working with and advising senior leads and Ministers at a strategic level.  Your ability to lead complex project-based policy work in a pragmatic and agile way is key, as is your ability to remain proactive and solutions-focussed whilst working through ambiguity at times.

Good communication and engagement skills are essential, coupled with the ability to influence and negotiate through policy problems in a clear and compelling way. Strong cultural awareness, including a willingness to work in a te ao Māori worldview and an understanding of tikanga Māori will round off your profile.

Apply Now

Feeling motivated by this opportunity and aligned to our Kaupapa? Submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) onlinethat describes your interest and that highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 21 September 2021. The interview process may include a pre-prepatory assessment.

If you have any role enquiries please contact hiring manager Sean Cooper via

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

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