Forest Fire Coordinator

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type:
  • Category: Advisors
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 11-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1431241
  • Job Title: Forest Fire Coordinator
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  • Summary:
  • Development and communication of fire management and response frameworks
  • Newly created position to safeguard New Zealand’s forest taonga
  • Fixed term position for two years

Join us at the forefront of the Governments renewed focus on forestry


About the Role│Kōrero mō te tūranga

As Forest Fire Coordinator you will have the unique opportunity to act as a guardian of New Zealand’s forest taonga and ensure forestry interests are well respected under fire management and response frameworks to ultimately protect the sustainable and economically vibrant future we’re striving to achieve. You will work closely with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) and collaborate across Te Uru Rākau, forest owners, growers and other land management agencies to provide guidance on response framework improvements and ensure appropriate fire preparedness including emergency management – fire reduction, readiness, response and recovery.

You will be the central coordinator of fire related information and will establish networks for improved collaboration and communication with stakeholders.  During a fire response you will attend as an observer and consultant and support the exchange of information between frontline response agencies and the forest sector. You will collaborate across the sector and provide guidance on fire management and response frameworks improvements.  You will partner with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) assist with education and communication efforts on fire preparedness and prevention management for the forestry sector.

Core responsibilities for the role: 

  • Act as the key coordinator amongst forest owners & growers, land management organisations and FENZ.
  • Establish and a national forum of land management organisations.
  • Attend as an observer and consultant in the Incident Management headquarters of any multi-day campaign fire and support collaboration between agencies to assist with a response.
  • Communication with Te Uru Rakau and the Minister of Forestry, FENZ and the Forest Owners Association (FOA) informed on fire related matters as they emerge – changes and impacts of wildfires on the industry

This is a fixed term or secondment position for two years.


About You│Mōu

Key to your success in this role is your mix of technical expertise, communication skills and your ability to operate effectively under pressure.

To be successful in this role, you will also offer: 

  • Demonstrated a minimum of 10 years’ experience in wildfire and forest management
  • Proven experience working with the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) or similar response framework
  • Excellent writing skills and experience in producing Situation Reports (Sit Rep’s).
  • Proven ability to facilitate and maintain strong productive relationships with all stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively under pressure
  • Experience in risk management to support decision making and identify controls.

There will be some travel will be required when necessary to deliver in this position.


About MPI │Te Uru Rākau

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has a strength of common purpose and a passion to sustainably grow and to protect Aotearoa, for the benefit of all New Zealanders. We are a team of experts with massive breadth of experience, offering opportunities to break out of our comfort zone and embrace intellectual and complex challenges. We’re working towards sustainability, protection, growth and participation.

Forestry is one of our country’s most successful primary industries. Te Uru Rākau a branch within the Ministry for Primary Industries, builds on this success to create a sustainable and innovative forestry sector that continues to grow and adapt. Join our dynamic and diverse Te Uru Rākau team who all share the common goal of improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

To find out more about Te Uru Rākau and what we do please click here.


Benefits of working at MPI│Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua

  • Refurbished offices close to Railway Station
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Flexible working

Salary range for this role is $91,162 to midpoint $107,249 depending on skills and experience.

If you’re interested we are open to discussing flexible working options with you. This can take many forms such as (but not limited to) reduced hours, remote working, flexible start and finish times, compressed hours or term-time work. Please feel free to talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what’s possible for the role.

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How to Apply│Me pēhea te tuku tono

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact


Applications close Sunday 24th November


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.