Operations Manager

Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Southland
  • Combine your passion for people leadership, operations delivery, and conservation.
  • Take the lead on a unique, challenging, and ground-breaking portfolio of work.
  • Live, work and make your mark in one of New Zealand's most spectacular pieces of natural wilderness.

We are looking for a full-time permanent Operations Manager to be based in Te Anau to lead a team to deliver on our Kaupapa vision 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.

Fiordland is world class and famous for its natural icons like Piopiotahi / Milford Sound and three of the 10 Great Walks.  It is a passionately protected slice of New Zealand's cultural, geological, and pioneering past with many taonga species.  To live and work here is to enjoy one of Aotearoa's most spectacular pieces of natural wilderness as your backyard. It fosters a sense of appreciation that is often lost in big cities.

He angitūtanga | About the Role

As the Te Anau Operations Manager, you will be responsible for leading the district's operations team to ensure effective integrated delivery of high-quality conservation outcomes.  Importantly we are looking for someone who can create and identify game change opportunities and who makes them happen.  You will have strength in operating discipline to ensure the region thrives.  The work programme across the motu is diverse and ambitious, so your ability to foster and continuously enhance team wellbeing and culture through strong engagement, empowerment, guidance, and ongoing development is critical.

Whakawhanaungatanga will be a guiding principle throughout this mahi and will enable you to foster, enhance and develop new relationships both with treaty partners, community stakeholders and the wider Fiordland community.

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

Te Anau and the Fiordland District is one of the most spectacular thus most complex and challenging within Te Papa Atawhai.  It is well supported by the region and organisations Senior Leadership team and offers the right candidate, an unparalleled experience and opportunity.

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

Te Anau offers a community lifestyle many other places lament having lost while enjoying access to larger centres thanks to the proximity of Queenstown to the north and Invercargill to the south. Big city shopping, airports, and other services are just a two-hour drive away.  From kindergarten through to high school, local children are immersed in the environment as part of their education.  The community is vibrant with a strong family network, new arts hub, strong sports centre, and community garden.  Commuting to work will be a highlight, with biking or walking along the lakefront, with no traffic congestion to speak of.

We are accepting applications online. To apply, submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) that describes your motivation and that highlights your relevant skills, experience, and personal qualities.

Applications close 5.00 pm Wednesday, 3 November 2021.

If you have any queries about the application or recruitment process, please contact Senior Recruitment Adviser dfahey@doc.govt.nz. Note applications are not accepted by email.

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

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context. 



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