How Jobs for Nature projects operate under COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights)

Assess COVID-19 risks as part of your health and safety plan

As of 1 February 2022, all DOC staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and from 10 January 2022, anyone visiting DOC workplaces will also need to be fully vaccinated.

This policy does not apply to Jobs for Nature project partners who do not visit or use DOC workplaces.

You’re required to identify COVID-19 risks

While Jobs for Nature project partners and their employees or contractors are not required to be vaccinated, your health and safety plan must be reviewed.

You are required to identify COVID-19 risks in your health and safety plans and have robust controls to mitigate these. Health and safety plans should include the organisation’s individual vaccination policy.

You must be fully vaccinated to visit or work at a DOC office

From 10 January 2022, anyone - such as external contractors or visitors including JFN project partners – visiting or working at a DOC office or other work sites including vehicles and vessels must be fully vaccinated. You’ll be required to provide your vaccination certificate before entering DOC premises.

All eligible people aged 12 years three months and over must be fully vaccinated to use DOC accommodation, and this also applies to Jobs for Nature project partners.

More DOC’s vaccine policy.

How Jobs for Nature projects operate under COVID-19 Protection Framework

The COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System) protects Aotearoa New Zealand from COVID-19, while allowing people with a vaccination certification more freedoms.

JFN projects can operate under the Traffic Light System and must follow public health advice including:

  • wearing face coverings
  • contact tracing
  • social distancing, and
  • good hygiene practices.

There are further considerations at each colour.

COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights).

COVID-19 wage subsidy

With the move from the Alert Level system to the Traffic Light System, the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy will no longer be available. Other forms of support may be available based on Government advice.

Fine print

Fully vaccinated means a person has received their full initial vaccination of a New Zealand government-approved vaccine and are up to date with any recommended booster shots.

DOC’s workplace, which includes offices, vehicles, vessels, field campaign sites, is defined as in the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) s20.

If one of your employees or contractors chooses not to be vaccinated, or to disclose their vaccination status when entering a DOC workplace, we will assume they are unvaccinated, and entry will be denied. If this applies to you, and your work with DOC can be conducted virtually, we will make alternative arrangements.


If you have any questions about working requirements under the COVID-19 Traffic Light System, contact your Delivery Manager.

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