Technical Advisor, Threats, Biodiversity Group, Hamilton

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  • Category: Technical
  • Location: Hamilton
  • Date Advertised: 09-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: DOC/500/30113I2
  • Job Title: Technical Advisor, Threats, Biodiversity Group, Hamilton
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  • Summary:
  • Innovate and advise on successful pest management to reduce threats to our unique species and ecosystems
  • Join DOC at a key time in the organisation’s growth


The Role

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is looking for an experienced animal pest management specialist to join its nationally focused Threats unit and contribute towards the ambitious goal of a predator-free NZ. Our purpose as a unit is to protect biodiversity by providing science and technical information to help reduce threats to our unique species and species and ecosystems.  The work of the unit includes advice, research, innovation, and systems development.

The Technical Advisor Threats will give advice at a range of levels (programme through to organisation-wide) on animal pest control methodology and the application of DOC animal pest management systems and processes. The role requires specialist knowledge of a wide range of control methods and how they are applied to the suppression and eradication of mammalian pests and will involve developing or reviewing animal pest control best practice guidelines. You will also participate as a subject matter expert on animal pest management training courses, Technical Advisory Groups, and work with other members of the Threats unit to maintain our animal pest systems and processes. There may also be opportunities to support threatened species recovery programmes through providing advice on key threats and how to address these.


You will offer:

  • Pest management experience gained in a similar setting or through working for a commercial provider to the sector.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Experience and achievement in the design and management of technical work.
  • Strong communication skills with which you’ll advise, train and engage with DOC Operational staff, to a high professional standard.
  • An ability to convey complex information to a range of end-users
  • Understanding of toxicology of vertebrate pesticides (preferred)
  • Knowledge of herbivore threats and impacts would be desirable
  • Self-awareness and agility to adapt as the role requirements evolve.
  • A current full driving license


About Us

The Department of Conservation’s vision is for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth. It is responsible for some of the most important issues facing New Zealand: how to look after our unique environment in a way that benefits current and future generations. It grapples with issues as challenging as maintaining our unique biodiversity and providing for the increasing number of tourists coming to visit our beautiful places.


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

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.

For more information please contact Vicki Wilson, or telephone 0275703759 quoting vacancy 500/30113

 Applications close at 5pm on Monday 30 March 2020

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