Works Officer

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    2 months ago
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  • Category: Project Management
  • Location: Christchurch
  • Date Advertised: 25-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: DOC/400/9431
  • Job Title: Works Officer
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A permanent position as a Works Officer is available within the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Operations Planning Team servicing the Eastern South Island region.  This is an ideal opportunity for those who are looking to apply their skills in construction administration and project management to a rewarding career contributing to the conservation of New Zealand’s recreational, historic and biodiversity resources.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As a Works Officer, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing project management for the upgrade, replacement or removal of the Department’s recreational, historic and biodiversity built infrastructure.  This involves engaging and managing consultants, obtaining consents, tendering and managing construction contracts, and managing project budgets and reports.
  • Complying with and promoting the Department’s Health and Safety policy and guidelines.
  • Providing project advice to and supporting the Department’s field staff.
  • Take on other conservation initiatives aligned to your skills and interests as needs arise.


The appointee will join our DOC Operations Planning whānau working out of either the Christchurch or Geraldine office.  This team has two Biodiversity Planners, a Recreation Planner, a Treaty Partnership & Community Planner, three Asset/Maintenance Planners, two Inspectors, and one other Works Officer. 

The role is largely office-based; but with the frequent need for field visits and to meet with teams in the region’s district offices (Aoraki Mount Cook, Twizel, Geraldine, Sockburn and Rangiora).  From time-to-time you may be assigned projects in other parts of the South Island which require travel outside of Canterbury. 


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

The successful candidate will be a proven works officer or project manager with experience and qualifications in project and contract management.

The successful applicant will demonstrate that they have:

  • A track record of delivering projects on time, on budget and within scope.
  • An ability to maintain positive working relationships across a broad range of people and groups both internal and external to the Department.
  • Good communication skills with emphasis on a confidence in negotiating and arbitrating the delivery of projects.
  • Sound working knowledge of construction management processes and practices including contractor health & safety.
  • Capital and operational budget management experience.
  • A good level of fitness given the remote location of most project sites.
  • Full NZ driver’s license.

An understanding of recreation, historic and biodiversity assets (e.g. huts, tracks) is desirable as well as a connection to the purpose of the Department and conservation.


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

If you have a connection to the outdoors and project management, this may well be the ideal fit for you.  The job promises:

  • An opportunity to join a highly engaged and collaborative work environment.
  • Ongoing leadership and personal development opportunities.
  • An organisation focused on employee health, safety, and wellbeing.
  • Frequent contact with incredible project sites.
  • Job satisfaction by contributing to meaningful conservation 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 and as detailed in the role description.

For any enquiry, please contact Maurice Roers at or 027-545-1708 quoting vacancy 400/9431. 

Applications close at 5pm, time on Tuesday, 9 February 2021.

DOC 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.