Solicitor, Dunedin, Department Of Conservation

Published 2022-06-23
Expires 2022-07-23
ID #1056259416
Solicitor, Dunedin, Department Of Conservation
New Zealand, Otago, Dunedin,
Published June 23, 2022

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Job type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Salary type: Monthly
Occupation: Solicitor

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Contribute to conservation in Aotearoa and our kaupapa: Papatūānuku Thrives.
Opportunity to be involved in a variety of legal practice areas.
Join a supportive and collaborative team who support flexible working.

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, Department of Conservation 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 whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.

He angitūtanga | About the role

Te Papa Atawhai / Department of Conservation (DOC) is looking for a solicitor based in either Wellington, Hamilton, or Dunedin with at least 4 years legal experience working on natural resources and/or public law issues or a combination of legal and other relevant experience. The primary focus of the position will be providing legal advice and support on RMA-related matters and legislative process.

The role will include:

Providing legal input in drafting RMA submissions, and notices of appeal and other Court documents.
Appearing before councils, Boards of Inquiry, and other decision-making panels on behalf of the Director-General and Minister on RMA matters.
Being the legal lead and/or support in RMA cases, including drafting legal submissions and briefing evidence; and
Advising on legal issues regarding RMA and public law matters.

The work will also involve supporting conservation by providing legal input and advice on other departmental activities, legislation administered by the Department of Conservation and other agencies, other internal customers, and business groups.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

This is a varied and challenging role. Strong analytical skills, an eye for detail, ability to see the bigger picture, and the ability to communicate practical legal advice in a non-technical manner are essential. While you will be a committed team player, you will also be a self-starter and be able to work independently. A good understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi is a must.

Mō te tīma | About the team

The Legal Services Unit provides legal advice on many aspects of DOC's business. We have 30+ lawyers throughout New Zealand, located in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, Invercargill, Nelson, Whangarei and Hamilton. We cover a wide range of legal and Treaty of Waitangi related work. We deliver efficient and effective legal services focused on the Minister's priorities and DOC's stretch goals. We have strong relationships with DOC's other business units and our Treaty partner.

Mō mātou | About us

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate)guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.

Ko ngā hua | What we offer

We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

Flexible working options where applicable
Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network
Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general accommodation discounts

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa.

The salary range for this position is $88,038 to $119,342 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience

Rā katinga | Applications close: 5 pm Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Debbie Fahey, Senior Recruitment Advisor at [email protected] or 027 286 2746

Taupānga| Job Reference: 100/2214

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement: From 4 May 2022 our Vaccination Policy, requiring all employees to be vaccinated, has been suspended but may be reinstated in the future if the COVID-19 situation changes. Positions that are identified as high risk will still have a requirement for appointees to be vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing for these positions will be required and applicants will be notified during the recruitment process if this condition will apply.

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

Visit www.doc.govt.nz to find out more about a career with us.

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    Solicitors provide direction, education, and representation to individuals who are seeking assistance with legal matters. Solicitors typically undergo specialized training following their broad but extensive education on various legal subspecialties.

    Dunedin ( (listen) duh-NEE-din; Māori: Ōtepoti) is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand (after Christchurch), and the principal city of the Otago region. Its name comes from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.The urban area of Dunedin lies on the central-eastern coast of Otago, surrounding the head of Otago Harbour, and the harbour and hills around Dunedin are the remnants of an extinct volcano. The city suburbs extend out into the surrounding valleys and hills, onto the isthmus of the Otago Peninsula, and along the shores of the Otago Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. Dunedin was the largest New Zealand city by territorial land area until superseded by Auckland with the formation of the Auckland Council in November 2010. Archaeological evidence points to lengthy occupation of the area by Māori prior to the arrival of Europeans. The province and region of Otago takes its name from the Ngāi Tahu village of Otakou at the mouth of the harbour, which became a whaling station in the 1830s. In 1848 a Scottish settlement was established by the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland. Between 1855 and 1900 many thousands of Scots emigrated to the incorporated city. Dunedin became wealthy during the Central Otago Gold Rush, beginning in the 1860s. In the mid-1860s, and between 1878 and 1881, it was New Zealand's largest urban area. The city population at 5 March 2013 was 120,246. While Hamilton, Tauranga and Lower Hutt have eclipsed the city in size of population since the 1980s to make it only the seventh-largest urban area in New Zealand, Dunedin is still considered one of the four main cities of New Zealand for historic, cultural and geographic reasons.Dunedin has a diverse economy, which includes manufacturing, publishing and technology-based industries as well as education, research and tourism. The city's most important activity centres around tertiary education—Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, New Zealand's oldest university (established 1869), and the Otago Polytechnic. Students account for a large proportion of the population; 21.6 per cent of the city's population was aged between 15 and 24 at the 2006 census, compared to the New Zealand average of 14.2 per cent. In 2014 Dunedin was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature.

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