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Vacancy: Regional Field Advisor | He Kaitohotohu-ā-Rohe for Wellington and Wairarapa

The NZ Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa is looking for a part-time Regional Field Advisor | He Kaitohutohu-ā-Rohe for the Wellington and Wairarapa | Te Whanganui-a-Tara me Wairarapa region.

The Commission is a Crown Agent with a Wellington head office team of 14 staff, and a network of 12 regional field advisors based throughout the country. The Commission provides leadership on outdoor access issues. Our role is to provide the New Zealander public with free, certain, enduring, and practical access to the outdoors.

COVID-19 Vaccination - The goal of the New Zealand Government is to ensure that all those who can be vaccinated, are vaccinated. The Commission is committed to the health and safety of its people and the wider community. The Commission expects that all its employees and contractors be vaccinated, as per the Governments guidelines. The successful applicant will need to be able to produce evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid exemption.

About the role

We are seeking an experienced person to be a regional field advisor | he kaitohotohu-ā-rohe in the Wellington and Wairarapa | Te Whanganui-a-Tara me Wairarapa.  There is some flexibility on the area depending on the location of the successful candidate.

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

The successful contractor will join a team of 12 regional field advisors throughout the country representing the commission and working at local and regional levels with tangata whenua, local government, landholders, recreation and trail groups, and the public. The field advisor’s role is to facilitate, negotiate, retain and promote public access opportunities in their region and to promote the role of the Commission.

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

What we are looking for

The Commission is looking for people who demonstrate the following:

  • knowledge and understanding of Tikanga Māori and Te Ao Māori
  • 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, local government, landholders, government agencies, recreation and trail groups
  • understanding, familiarity, or interest in GIS-based technology systems
  • good computer skills including the ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point
  • proven negotiation and influencing skills, and
  • is a clear thinker, writer, and communicator.

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

What we can offer you

The Commission 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.  The commission offers flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to travel.   

For more information regarding the work of the Commission, please visit 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

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday 20 June 2022