Whitebait Fishery Manager

Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation

  • Fixed Term
  • Multiple Location Options

Whitebait Fishery Manager T500/1000/2

Biodiversity Group, Tier 4 Range A, 6 month fixed-term position

  • 6 months fixed term opportunity based in Wellington, Christchurch or Hokitika
  • Implement new whitebait regulations across the country
  • Opportunity to contribute to Te Mano o Te Taiao – the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity strategy

The Biodiversity Group has an ambitious, multi-faceted programme of work aimed at delivering significant conservation outcomes- Te Mana o te Taiao - Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2020. This strategy sets out the strategic framework for the protection, restoration and sustainable use of biodiversity, particularly indigenous biodiversity, in Aotearoa New Zealand, from 2020 to 2050.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

You will leading a diverse team to implement new regulations across the country, as well as the development and implementation of a long-term management approach. You will be the public face of our Whitebait Programme and ensure whānau, hapū and iwi, partners, stakeholders and the public are engaged and involved in improving the whitebait fishery. As our Whitebait Fishery Manager, you will be accountable for:

  • Providing thought leadership on fishery management including how to best manage the whitebait fishery
  • Engaging with interested parties and drive information gathering/analysis to sustain and improve understanding and management of the whitebait fishery
  • Developing and deliver a clear, strategically aligned and phased work programme to improve management of the whitebait fishery
  • Ensuring DOC's whitebait work is appropriately tasked to Compliance and Operations national, regional and district teams.

This is a fixed-term opportunity for 6 months based in Wellington, Christchurch or Hokitika, however we are open to alternative locations.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We are seeking an inspiring and motivating leader who is experienced in delivering quality results and working effectively and collaboratively with others. You provide leadership on fishery management, interact with people from all walks of life, and develop and deliver a work programme that improves management of the whitebait fishery. We want to hear from you if you have proven skills in:

  • Fishery management; in particular, developing and improving approaches
  • Effective relationship management with strong communication skills
  • Developing strong productive relationships and working in partnership with whānau, hapū and iwi
  • Leading programmes in a complex and changing environment
  • Ability to plan, organise work and resources, and meet timeframes over a programme of work
  • Programme management including risk management, monitoring programme budgets, financial forecasting and reporting

Desirable skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Postgraduate qualification in fisheries science or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of the ecology and dynamics of the whitebait fishery and its fishers
  • Detailed understanding of social science research methods and the dynamics of fisher participation in particular

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

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organization. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

Excellent opportunities to build your skills and enjoy a satisfying career.

We offer:

  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general travel and accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work

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

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement - All Employees are required to be vaccinated in line with our Vaccination Policy. New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. 

For any enquiries, please contact Elizabeth Heeg on eheeg@doc.govt.nz or at 027 801 8956 

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 17 January 2022

Department of Conservation/ 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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