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Regional Field Advisor for Queenstown Lakes, Southland and the Catlins | He Kaitohotohu-ā-Rohe ā Tāhuna me Te Taurapa o Te Waka me te Tai ō Arai te Uru 

Herenga ā Nuku Aotearoa, the Outdoor Access Commission (formerly, the New Zealand Walking Access Commission — Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa), is the government agency protecting and enhancing public access to the outdoors for everyone in Aotearoa — walkers, mountain bikers, anglers, horse riders, landholders, trail runners and more.

Herenga is an obligation, bond or tie. Nuku refers to Papatūānuku, the earth mother. Papatuanuku sustains and supports us all. We are committed to her care and respectful access to her many outdoor areas for the health, well-being and growth of all who live in Aotearoa.

About the role

We seek an experienced person to be a Regional Field Advisor for Queenstown Lakes, Southland and the Catlins | He Kaitohotohu-ā-Rohe ā Tāhuna me Te Taurapa o Te Waka me te Tai ō Arai te Uru. Depending on the successful candidate’s location, there is some flexibility on the area.

The position is a part-time (approximately 2 days a week) contract role. 

Our regional advisors are part-time and are engaged as independent contractors. The rate for the role is $52.50 an hour (plus GST if applicable).

The field advisor’s role is to facilitate, negotiate, retain and promote public access opportunities in their region and to promote the role of Herenga ā Nuku.

The successful contractor will join a team of 12 regional field advisors throughout the country representing Herenga ā Nuku and working at local and regional levels with tangata whenua / mana whenua, local government, landholders, recreation and trail groups, and the public.

The role requires the physical ability to visit and inspect places relevant to public access.   

What we are looking for

Herenga ā Nuku is looking for people who demonstrate the following:

  • knowledge of, and experience with Te Ao Māori, with particular agility understanding mana whenua.
  • an understanding of land access and the related legal context
  • an understanding of, and interest in, the peri-urban and rural environments
  • credibility with tangata whenua / mana whenua, local government, landholders, government agencies, recreation and trail groups
  • understanding, familiarity, or interest in GIS-based technology systems
  • good record keeping and computer skills, including the ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • proven negotiation and influencing skills, and
  • is a clear thinker, writer, and communicator.

A priority for this position is communicating the objectives of Herenga ā Nuku to the public. It will require communication and presentation skills, initiative and sound judgement.     

What we can offer you

Herenga ā Nuku offers you the opportunity to help build a legacy of public access to the outdoors in New Zealand. The role provides variety, interest and challenge within a supportive and collaborative work environment. Herenga ā Nuku offers flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to travel.   

For more information regarding the work of Herenga ā Nuku, please visit the our work section of our website.

If you have a passion for access in the outdoors, are actively involved in the community and looking for a new challenge, please apply by emailing your application (covering letter and resume) to kirsti.douglas@herengaanuku.govt.nz

Applications close on 2 October 2022.