Senior Adviser Forest & Wood Advice

Ministry for Primary Industries

  • Bay of Plenty

Matua Kaupapahere Kaitātari – Adviser/Senior Adviser – Forest & Wood Advice

Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)

  • Work in a high-profile area and make a significant impact for New Zealand
  • Support the optimisation of the forestry sector
  • Work towards sustainable land management practices

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service has embarked on a multi-year programme to strengthen and deepen the provision of planning and advice to the Forestry sector and landowners.  This Service will take a strategic national view of forests, forestry, and wood processing and use that to provide advice to optimise the sector, maximise the benefits of our forests, and support sustainable land management practice.

The Adviser/Senior Adviser – Forest & Wood Advice will assist in the consolidation and building of our current Advice offering, linking with the Partnering function to streamline advice by customer segment, channel, and product type. Looking into the future, the roles will also map ways that our advice services can deepen and mature in the coming years.

Ideally these roles will be a Rotorua based, however we are open to receiving applications from candidates in other locations.  

There are two permanent Adviser positions and one permanent Senior Adviser position.

The salary bands for these roles are:

  • Adviser - $57,425 - $77,693 depending on skills and experience
  • Senior Adviser - $75,758 - $102,497 depending on skills and experience

Mōu - About You

You will be using your experience in gathering, organising, and communicating information to consolidate the current, distributed advice offering of Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service into a cohesive body of advice and support.  This includes being able to quickly understand the nature of problems, identify a range of possible solutions (including their implications), form conclusions and provide advice.

Bringing your excellent relationship management skills, you will work closely with key customer segments and what they need from a government-run forestry planning and advisory service. Based on that insight, consider new Advisory products and services that may be needed and map these to a future work programme. Working with other MPI teams, you will understand the current Advisory ecosystem and ensure that the Advisory Service offering is well integrated from a client perspective.

We are looking for you to bring:

  • A tertiary qualification preferably in economics, law, resource management, forestry, or a related discipline.
  • Exceptional relationship building skills.
  • Proven professional experience in business analysis and reporting in a large organisation
  • Sound understanding of, and experience operating in, Government processes including Parliamentary processes.
  • Experience in establishing and effectively maintaining collaborative relationships with stakeholders, Maori and Government agencies.

Senior Advisers should also bring their experience with leading projects/analysis and providing mentoring and guidance to Analysts/Advisers.

Mō tō mātou rōpū - About our team 

Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service already connects closely to many people across the motu as part of our work – whether it be through other agency teams , or directly through industry associations, local government bodies, iwi, ahu whenua trusts, and at the local landowner level.  We want to get even better at understanding our customers and what they need from a government-run forestry planning and advisory service.   Recognising that needs change over time and that advice is a two-way street, success depends on the support and buy-in of key stakeholder groups to disseminate advice, and to provide us with insights to help focus our mahi.  

Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua - About MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries is helping to seize export opportunities for our primary industries, improve sector productivity, ensure the food we produce is safe, increase sustainable resource use, and protect New Zealand from biological risk.

MPI has a focus on career pathways and we will work with you to help you grow.

To see the benefits of working at MPI, please click here

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do, please click here

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click on “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers site.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

 For internal candidates please ensure your current manager is aware of your application.

Applications close: Midnight Sunday 24 October 2021

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Fiona O'Brien, Senior Talent Acquisition Adviser on 04- 894 3492  or Fiona.O'

The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.



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