Team Lead, Investigations

This is a 3-year fixed term position based in Rangiora or other South Island location by negotiation

Now is the perfect time to join the National Compliance Team at the Department of Conservation as we increase in size and capability to strengthen our conservation law enforcement function. DOC's compliance function makes a key contribution to the protection of New Zealand's unique wildlife, cultural and natural taonga. It does this by enforcing compliance with the rules that apply on public conservation land, in marine reserves and mammal sanctuaries, and to protected wildlife.

The Role

We are looking for two influential people and systems leaders to guide and mentor two teams of eight staff. Together you will manage and champion the implementation of DOC's law enforcement policies and triage system, and lead teams investigating serious breaches of conservation legislation across the North and South Island respectively. Existing experienced team members lead their own investigation programmes. Team members also train, coach and support DOC's warranted rangers to gather evidence, issue fines, and prepare files for prosecution. Your teams will build the capability of DOC's two-hundred warranted rangers, as a network.

As a part of a rapidly evolving function, you will be focused on staff engagement, excellence in practice, system leadership, continuous improvement and strong external compliance and law enforcement partnerships.

You will work with other Team Leads and Programme Leads within the Compliance function to plan, develop and report on national programmes and campaigns, particularly in the investigation and training arena.

About you

We are looking for people with a strong background in law enforcement and investigations. You will be a proven leader, with the ability to empower and mentor a dispersed team of investigators operating principally in rural and community contexts. Your outstanding communication and relationship building skills will enable you to successfully champion new systems, policies and national-scale plans, and to navigate complexity with ease. You will be a natural collaborator with the ability to build a range of external partnerships to ensure successful delivery of organisational objectives.

Please note, as part of this appointment candidates will be required to pass and maintain a Secret security clearance.

Why work for us?

This is your chance to be a part of a progressive and highly significant function within the Department. DOC's National Compliance Team is currently undergoing a period of significant growth, as we work towards delivering an enhanced programme of work. As a result of this growth, we are building South and North Island conservation law enforcement teams, who lead operational delivery of DOC's conservation law enforcement function, supported by a Planning and Programmes team. A Border Operations team is also part of the function

We also 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 and discounted insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work

How to apply

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 any questions please contact Morgan Alexander, malexander@doc.govt.nz quoting vacancy 400/11470.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 10 February 2020.

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

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

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

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