The Department of Conservation have confirmed more than 100
staff are likely to lose their jobs as part of a
Director general Al Morrison announced today 110 DOC staff
nationwide are likely to lose their jobs, as operational
changes take effect from next week. [Sept 2]
While most affected staff had taken voluntary redundancy, 39
were unable to find a suitable position within the new
"It is disappointing that while we have successfully placed
more than 1300 affected staff, we haven't been able to find
positions to suit everyone," said Mr Morrison.
He said the overall cost of the restructuring process,
including redundancies and other one-off expenses, was
expected to be about $13 million.
DOC expected to recover this through savings made over the
next three years.
"Change is never easy and the past few months have been
unsettling for staff.
"The new structure is an important step forward, and will see
DOC working more in partnership with others to protect the
special places and wildlife that New Zealanders value."
Mr Morrison said DOC had about 180 vacancies going into the
restructuring process and the organisation still had about
250 new permanent positions to fill.
"Some vacancies are currently filled by temporary staff and
they will now have the chance to apply for full time work. We
will also be looking for new staff who want the opportunity
to work with DOC."
The restructure was confirmed in May and takes effect on
The changes streamline the department's current 11
conservancy districts into six new conservation delivery