Senior Policy Advisor

Wellington based

The New Zealand Fish and Game Council is a statutory body established by the Conservation Act 1990 with the purpose of representing nationally, the interests of anglers and hunters and providing coordination of the management, enhancement and maintenance of sports fish and game by regional fish and game councils.

About the role
Reporting to the Chief Executive, this role’s primary responsibilities are managing Fish and Game’s statutory processes, policy development and coordination with Regional Fish and Game councils. It further has responsibilities in providing governance support to the New Zealand Fish and Game Council, political advice and maintaining external relationships.

In such a key advisory role you will:

  • Understand the strategic context, current policy agenda and priorities; be able to see policy issues in the wider context and apply foresight and judgement to identify what is important for the policy area short, medium and long term
  • Take a lead role in key internal and external projects which are of strategic significance for NZ Fish and Game nationally, representing the views of all stakeholders, including critically, Fish and Game’s Regional entities, so that all are aligned with the overall goals of the organisation.

As a result you need:

  • Successful senior level policy background, with experience providing strategic advice in highly ambiguous and complex environments and proven expertise and experience in high quality regulatory thinking, monitoring and reporting. Ideally this will include some level of involvement with the broader environment sector, but this is not critical.
  • Demonstrated experience providing quality, comprehensive reports at a senior level, including submissions through to Ministerial level.
  • Strong relationship/stakeholder management skills, with the ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences, internal and external, on complex issues to a high standard and delivering messages in plain English
  • Experience leading complex programmes of work in areas of expertise to successful completion including embedding of the organisational/sector change into business as usual
  • An appropriate tertiary qualification, preferably in public policy, business, finance or law or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience. Some form of legal experience would be highly advantageous.

To apply for this opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the effective management of the environment, please send your details to or, quoting reference number 3566438
If you wish to discuss further, please contact Tony on (029 2711101), Graeme on (0292488502)
Applications close: 21st July 2023.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.



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