Geopark Manager/Mana Hautū – Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust
About the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust/Mo te Waitaki Whitestone Geopark
The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust is a charitable trust set up to establish and oversee the UNESCO-accredited Global Geopark within the Waitaki District – New Zealand’s first and only UNESCO Global Geopark.
Incredible forces formed our Geopark under an ancient sea. Volcanoes, mountains, rivers, glaciers, and then people shaped this region. Written in the stone and in our land is the story of the Waitaki – a geological wonderland, steeped in Kāi Tahu Whānui histories and culture waiting to be explored.
The Geopark Trust has two manawhenua representatives and works with the support of Te Rūnanga o Moeraki to celebrate and promote Kāi Tahu Whānui histories and landscapes.
Our goals include:
You will have the opportunity to live in this stunning region, overflowing with natural beauty from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, rich in culture and heritage and brimming with activities for all types of explorers.
The role/Te mahi
This is a re-imagined role reflecting the changing needs of the Trust as it moves forward into a new phase. The Trust is looking for a strategic leader to help drive its business development, enabling us to deliver on our goals, continue to deepen relationships with Te Rūnanga o Moeraki and contribute to the success of our communities and environment. The Geopark Manager will guide operational excellence and good governance, delivering financial performance and maximising growth ambitions across our 4 pillars environment (tiaki taiao), community (hapori tiaki tangata), visitor (tiaki manuhrir) and economy (ōhanga).
Your skills and experience/Kā Pūkeka Me Kā Wheako
The Geopark Manager will have the following capability and experience:
While it is not a pre-requisite that you will have had experience with the Operational Guidelines for UNESCO Global Geoparks, you must be able to demonstrate that you recognise the importance of these and will be able to interpret and apply these in day-to-day operations. Experience with the application of similar guidelines is desirable.
This is an opportunity to have a real impact on the local community and help shape the future of geoparks and geotourism in New Zealand.
To apply please submit your CV with cover letter to Chair@whitestonegeopark.nz. In doing so, you should confirm your eligibility to work in New Zealand.