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Opportunity: Project Lead - Partnerships

Te Papa Atawhai | Department of Conservation

Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

  • Are you experienced working with whānau, hapū and iwi?

  • Have you had experience in managing projects and/or community partnerships?

  • Do you have a genuine passion for Papatūānuku thriving?

Full-time fixed term opportunity through to July 2024. Role based at our Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland office with regular travel involved.

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

At Te Papa Atawhai (DOC) we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our relationship with our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our work.

He angitūtanga | About the Role Jobs for Nature – Mahi mō te Taiao is a national conservation initiative helping projects to create nature-based job opportunities on private and public conservation land. We're excited to announce a new opportunity for an experienced Project Lead to join our Partnerships group and lead delivery partnerships, contract management and project assurance for Jobs for Nature (JfN) – Mahi mō te Taiao programme delivery across the Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland region.

This is a true partnership role where whanaungatanga will be a key foundation principle throughout your mahi. You'll be the connector between our national Jobs for Nature Unit and our external delivery partners who have received funding to fulfil conservation, employment and training outcomes across a variety of projects. Partners include mana whenua, iwi, hapū and whānau, who are at the heart of our partnership approach to this programme, as well as local council, social enterprises, community groups and other key networks.

We're calling for someone with cultural capabilities in Te Ao Māori, project management and community engagement experience, and a genuine passion for and alignment to our purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives. Your local knowledge of the landscape will enable you to support our partners in understanding their expectations and obligations under funding agreements.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

If you are keen to get involved and contribute to the transformation underway as part of JfN then we want to hear from you. In particular, we'll be looking at experience within your application highlighting how you meet or could see yourself developing the following:

Cultural capability and knowledge of Tikanga Māori, coupled with experience collaborating with whānau, hapū and iwi to achieve positive community outcomes;

  • Proven community engagement and partnership experience involving project and contract management responsibilities;

  • Good communication, relationship management and engagement skills;

  • Organisational and prioritisation capability including the ability to work under pressure

For the right candidate we are open to developing the skills needed to be successful in this role so please contact us if you are interested and want to know more.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Interested? Submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) or oral application online that describes your motivation and that highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this mahi.

Kumara Vine

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Applications close at 5pm on Monday 27 September 2021.

If you have enquiries about the vacancy please contact Daniel Harrison at for more information.

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


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