ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Senior / Solicitor - Department of Conservation - Invercargill

An exciting new opportunity has become available for a Solicitor or Senior Solicitor within the Legal Services Team.


This is a permanent role based in our Invercargill office.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

The role is to provide legal advice and support across a broad range of legal issues affecting the Department.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We are looking for a positive personality, who can remain focused and work well under pressure. We work collegially so participation in our team is welcomed.



  • Current or eligible for NZ practising certificate.
  • At least +4 years experience in legal areas relevant to the Department.
  • An understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and Section 4 of the Conservation Act and the application of the principles in the context of DOC's work and relevant case law.
  • An interest in conservation.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to explain practical legal advice in a non-technical manner.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to adapt as the role's requirements evolve.


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

The chance to join a large organisation and a high performing in-house legal team. We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.


A supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!


Invercargill is a vibrant city with fantastic opportunities for recreation such as walking, mountain biking etc. The Invercargill office currently includes 1 staff member from the legal services team and more than 30 staff from a wide variety of DOC teams.


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


Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the capabilities in the role description and the requirements set out above. Note shortlisting includes taking into account your description of how you meet the capabilities in the role description and if you are interviewed you will be asked for specific examples of these.


For any enquiry, please contact Ash McCrone, [email protected]quoting vacancy 100/2207. 


Applications close at 5pm, Monday 17 May 2021.

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.