Regional Field Advisor - contract role, Auckland

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is a Crown entity established to enhance walking access opportunities.

We are seeking an experienced person to act as a regional field advisor in the Auckland region. The position is a part time (2 days per 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 local government, landholders, tangata whenua, recreation groups, and the public.

The field advisors’ role is to facilitate, negotiate, retain and promote walking access opportunities in their region and to promote the role of the Commission.

The Commission is looking for people who demonstrate the following attributes:

  • an understanding of land access and the related legal context;
  • an understanding of, and interest in, the peri-urban and rural environments;
  • credibility with local government , landholders, tangata whenua, government agencies, and recreation groups;
  • proven negotiation and influencing skills;
  • good communication skills, and
  • a sense of humour and patience.

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

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

Please apply by emailing your application (covering letter and resume) to

Applications close on 6 February 2018.

For more information view the role information or contact Ric Cullinane, Operations Manager, or 027 477 5042

Policy and Partnerships Advisor - Permanent role, Wellington

  • Influence and relationship focus
  • Real opportunity to make a difference and effect change at a national level
  • Love coming to work!

Access to New Zealand's lakes, beaches, rivers and mountains is at the heart of our Kiwi way of life. The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is the Crown entity that plays a lead role in promoting free, certain, enduring and practical access to the outdoors.

The Policy and Partnerships Advisor will play a key role to increase the Commission's strategic influence on central and local government policy development, and will build and support partnerships across a range of areas with a wide variety of organisations. The Advisor’s work will reinforce and promote the Commission's position as the lead agency on access to the outdoors. 

Key accountabilities include:

  • Identifying and engaging with priority policy processes to ensure access to the outdoors is factored into policy development
  • Initiating and participating in specific access related projects in partnership with government agencies (both central government and regional / local government)
  • Presenting in a range of settings; public, private and community sector
  • Establishing, managing and supporting networks of access stakeholders across central and local government, and in the non-governmental sector
  • Developing a productive network of contacts across the natural resource and transport sectors; public and private
  • Working with trail leaders across New Zealand
  • Working closely with and providing effective policy support to the Commission's operations team

Person Profile:

  • Exceptional relationship management skills with both internal and external stakeholders 
  • A recognised and credible relationship manager and/or policy practitioner with a track record of success in the state sector, local or regional government
  • The ability to write for a variety of audiences and in a variety of contexts
  • Strong policy analysis and research skills
  • Effective planning, project management and organisational skills
  • Very highly developed communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to use initiative and work autonomously
  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • Experience in and a basic understanding of land law and related statutes would be advantageous, as would familiarity with the use and application of GIS systems

With so much exciting work on the horizon, this is an ideal time to be joining the team!

Click here to download the full position description.

Applications close: 5.00pm Monday 22nd January 2018
Contact: Ali Ward
Applications to: Apply through the McLaren Associates website