Date: 07 May 2013
The Department of Conservation says additional funding has enabled it to build more than 60 additional frontline roles into the new structure it is adopting to deliver conservation.
DOC has been consulting with its approximately 1800 staff since first proposing changes for its operational arm over a month ago. Today it outlined the department’s final decisions to staff around the country.
Deputy Director-General Doris Johnston says the simpler regional structure and strengthened field teams will enable DOC to continue with its own work and also develop new conservation partnerships with others.
Doris Johnston says the new structure will streamline the department’s current 11 Conservancy districts into six new conservation delivery regions.
It will also create two distinct teams across the country: one focused on delivering DOC’s recreation, historic and biodiversity field work; and another working to develop new conservation initiatives in partnership with other organisations.
Doris Johnston says Budget funding announced last week has enabled an additional 41 field-based ranger roles and 22 visitor information and support positions to be added to local offices.
Details of the new structure and how it translates into local office teams are available at on DOC’s website: http://www.doc.govt.nz/docchanges
Doris Johnston says the final structure has 72 fewer full time roles across the country than is currently the case. This is largely the result of changes to local management structures where two management layers are replaced by one, supported by senior rangers.
Doris Johnston says the new structure will take effect in September and DOC will be working with affected staff over coming months on options such as redeployment, relocation or redundancy.
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