GIS Analyst - Wellington, fixed-term

The Walking Access Commission was established to enhance and extend walking access to New Zealand's great outdoors. 

WAMS is our online mapping site which identifies land over which the public have walking access. 

One component of this role involves updating and further improving the accuracy of public access area dataset.  

The other component involves carrying out scheduled updates, generating the Commission's routine reporting data and graphics, performing quality assurance controls and managing the technical and operational components of WAMS in conjunction with the Commission's Mapping Advisor. 

This role will start as soon as possible and continue through to end of November 2019.

Specific Roles include:

  • Maintain, analyse and improve Public Access Area data
  • Provide advice and support to public users of WAMS and answer technical queries.
  • Maintain the operational performance of online services through ArcServer and ArcGIS Online.
  • Provide staff and regional field advisors with advice and support on  IT generally 

The successful candidate will have:

  • Graduate level degree relating to the Spatial Sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience with ArcGIS Desktop and data management.
  • Technical knowledge of data manipulation, cartography, spatial analysis.
  • Clear understanding of New Zealand Government data standards, Creative Commons licensing and Open Data.
  • Good judgment and decision-making, organisational and analytical skills.
  • Strong customer service, organisational, communication, problem solving and interpersonal skills. 
  • A demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ecellent time management and aptitude to adapt to dynamic environments.

Useful but not essential skills:

  • Knowledge of python for geoprocessing.
  • Experience of  Landonline and the LINZ Data Service
  • Web development experience using HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Applications close 21 March 2018

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Communications Advisor – Wellington, permanent full-time

The Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa (NZWAC) is the Government’s expert agency on public access to the outdoors. It supports the creation of free, certain and enduring public access across New Zealand, and provides information about this access to the public.

The Communications Advisor is a new role, reporting to the Communications Manager. It is broad role, including work in the fields of print and digital communications; external stakeholder engagement; internal communications; marketing; and media relations.

NZWAC is in the process of creating a new web presence to replace four existing websites, and one key role of the Advisor will be to support the initial content migration and ongoing content creation for this new website.

Successful candidates will have:

  • 1-5 years’ experience in a communications, public relations or marketing role;
  • Experience with web content management system(s), preferably SilverStripe, or the ability to pick up new software quickly;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products;
  • Strong written language skills, including experience writing for different audiences from formal to casual;
  • Proven ability to develop effective networks and manage relationships;
  • Experience working with journalists to promote issues through print, digital and broadcast media channels;
  • Experience using social media, particularly Facebook, as a promotional tool;
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills.

Additional skills and experience that would benefit applicants include design and layout skills, in particular experience with the Adobe Creative Suite; an understanding of the state sector and outdoor recreation sector; photography and/or video editing skills.

The salary band for the role is $65,000 - $75,000 per annum, dependent on skills and experience.

The role is 40 hours per week and is based in NZWAC’s central Wellington office.

Applications should include a CV and cover letter, and be sent to Asher Wilson-Goldman (Communications Manager) at

For more information about the role, download the position description. Any queries can be sent to Asher Wilson-Goldman at the above email address, or via 021 818 694.

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 30 March 2018.