Legal Services – Dunedin, Wellington or Hamilton NZ

Department of Conservation
January 22, 2023
February 1, 2023
Dunedin, New Zealand
Job Type


  • Lead a passionate team and utilize your expertise to support conservation outcomes.
  • Four weeks + three days annual leave per year pro-rata, flexible working options.
  • Flexible work location - Dunedin, Wellington, Hamilton.


Toitū te marae a Tāne-Mahuta, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata

If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive


The Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai (DOC) serves to protect and sustain nature across Aotearoa. We put nature and people at the heart of our mahi, guided by te reo Māori, te ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We do this by:

  • protecting land, species, ecosystems, and cultural heritage for conservation purposes
  • managing threats and adverse impacts
  • being a voice for conservation
  • connecting people to nature.


He angitūtanga | About the role

This is a unique opportunity to leverage your legal experience and help DOC deliver great outcomes for conservation.

As Legal Services Manager, you will form part of a close-knit leadership team, to support delivery of complex legal advice to DOC stakeholders. The leadership team manage multiple areas of legal practice relevant to operations and shared services, including legislation, litigation, RMA advocacy, prosecutions, and specialist as well as general legal advice regarding the Department's legislation and business needs. The primary focus of this role will be commercial and public law issues.

The position has between six to eight direct reports, whom you'll be responsible for providing advice, guidance and identifying professional development opportunities that encourages innovation and collaboration across our broad stakeholder group. You will also work to develop the legal and knowledge management systems to support workstream delivery.

The breadth of work is varied and interesting and will see you work on challenging environmental and conservation issues.

In addition, you will:

  • work with a range of colleagues from across the department to deliver integrated, pragmatic solutions and advice
  • contribute to the development of and oversight of service level agreements between Legal and Operations.
  • contribute to acquisition and development of legal and knowledge management systems.

Please note, the position can be based in our Dunedin, Wellington, Hamilton offices. Please indicate in your covering letter where you'd prefer to be based.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

  • High level of legal skills and experience (10+ years PQE) across a range of issues relevant to the department's operations, including public law issues
  • Proven management and leadership skills and experience
  • Effective understanding of and liaison with central government legal processes

We are keen to hear from you if you have the following attributes:

  • proactive, people person who works well with a broad range of stakeholders and has a track record of delivery results though teams.


  • commercial, statutory and resource management experience.


Mō te tīma | About the team

The wider team focus on complex work spanning legislative, resource management, iwi-related and statutory law, as well as providing strategic advice and managing legal risk.

Our work also includes:

  • interpreting conservation and other legislation and policies to enable DOC to meet its statutory obligations
  • providing litigation (both civil and RMA) and prosecution services
  • supporting our Policy colleagues in the development of legislation.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What's in it for you?

The Department is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, creating an inclusive workplace culture, supporting the relationship between Māori and the Crown, and lifting our cultural capability. We encourage our people to bring their authentic self and unique perspectives to work, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

  • flexible working opportunities suited to your role
  • career development, secondment, and training opportunities to help you realise your goals
  • study assistance in programmes that are relevant to your work
  • discounted medical insurance and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • great discounts on DOC accommodation and outdoor apparel and gear so you're ready for your next adventure
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai - Cultural Capability Development Programme.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

Apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter that highlights your relevant skills experience and motivation for joining Te Papa Atawhai.

The salary range for this position is $119,200 - $171,350 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory - this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.


Rā katinga | Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday, 1 February 2023.

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries, contact Jonty Somers a below.

Taupānga| Job Reference: 6000/130000.

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