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Senior Storytelling Advisor, Heritage and Visitors

Job details

Department of Conservation
25 Mar 2019
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Marketing & Media


The Department of Conservation's vision is for New Zealand/Aotearoa to be the greatest living space on Earth. It is responsible for some of the most important issues facing our country: how to look after our unique heritage and environment in a way that benefits current and future generations. It grapples with issues as challenging as maintaining our unique biodiversity and providing for/managing the increasing number of tourists coming to visit our stunning land.


The rapid growth in global tourism has created the need to showcase Aotearoa's most iconic and unique visitor experiences with inspired design and engaging storytelling. The work of our team is often on high profile projects, and in complex settings. 


About the role

The purpose of this role is to use your celebrated storytelling skills, and your warmth and empathy to support the interpretation and design of visitor experiences

You will:

  • Surprise and delight
  • Work together with our Treaty Partners to create effective pathways for their stories to be told on conservation estates
  • Ensure that Aotearoa's core conservation and heritage stories are told
  • Identify and prioritise those stories that have the greatest potential to connect
  • Be a storytelling champion both inside and outside of DOC
  • Coach DOC storytellers and help them to be successful in engaging the public in conservation and heritage
  • Alongside the team, drive storytelling research with target visitors


This position is based in Hamilton, Nelson or Invercargill.  As part of a small but pivotal team, your ability to work with and through others, both in and out of the department, will be critical.


You will be able to:

  • Show that you have a proven track record of storytelling and story development
  • Influence at all levels of the experience design system
  • Translate the national strategic context for heritage values and their significance into engaging and compelling storytelling
  • Engage and work in partnership with whānau, hapu and iwi
  • Use tools to assess the success of storytelling methods to continue to improve outcomes


These positions report to the Experience Design Manager and are in the newly established Heritage and Visitors Unit. 

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.


Please apply online at the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description. 


Enquiries about the vacancies please contact Tania Short – tshort@doc.govt.nz , or telephone (027) 2761992


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 25 March 2019.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

How to apply

Please apply online at the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description

Written by

Department of Conservation

12 Mar 2019