Operations Manager

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    6 months ago
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  • Category: Management
  • Location: Te Kuiti
  • Date Advertised: 01-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: DOC/400/03400T
  • Job Title: Operations Manager
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Are you looking for a rewarding role with the opportunity to lead a team who are passionate about conservation? Does working in a collaborative environment where you can really make a difference really interest you? Te Papa Atawhai is looking for our next Operations Manager in Maniapoto.

The King Country has some of Aotearoa’s most biodiversity rich landscapes including iconic locations like the Waitomo Caves, Timber Trail and the Pureora Forest Park all right at your doorstep. It’s hard to imagine a more rewarding role. 


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As the Pou Matarautaki (Operations Manager) you will be responsible for leading the Operations team to ensure the effective delivery of high-quality conservation outcomes. Based in Te Kuiti, this is an important hub for Te Papa Atawhai which comes with its own unique complexities and challenges. There is a strong relationship management component, including working alongside iwi, hapu and whanau and other partners collaboratively and effectively, as well as community and local businesses. 

With Treaty settlements, amazing visitor experiences, and predator free opportunities, there is real opportunity to create significant change and influence how we deliver conservation with others.


This role is based in Te Kuiti but has been advertised in multiple locations. 


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

An experienced people leader who is skilled at inspiring and motivating teams to deliver quality work and results, work effectively with others and value continuous improvement. You will have experience and confidence in working with iwi, hapu and whanau partners to achieve mutual aspirations.

You will have an outgoing personality, the maturity and confidence to interact with people from all walks of life and the ability to switch between tasks effortlessly. There can be times when the workload will be high so you will need to be able to remain calm and focused and work well under pressure.


Key skills:

  • Outstanding communication skills to engage with, inspire, and create synergy across a diverse range of groups including whanau, hapu and iwi, community groups and other agencies
  • The ability to inspire and motivate others while fostering a culture which values teamwork
  • Strong health and safety focus to enable a positive safety culture
  • Strength in operating disciplines with the ability to identify further opportunities to ensure the region thrives
  • A level of political astuteness is required coupled with the ability to identify and manage risk in uncertain situations


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

Along with recently being awarded New Zealand’s most attractive employer in the public service, people like working for us because we offer:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program
  • 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.

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

For any enquiry, please contact Marie Manley on 027 578 2714 or email mmanley@doc.govt.nz  quoting vacancy 400/03400.  

Applications close at 5pm, time on Monday, 22 February 2021.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.