The Fiordland Marine Guardians is an advisory group established under the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act 2005 (the Act). The Act requires the Minister for the Environment to appoint between five and eight members as Guardians. At least five members must reside in the Otago or Southland regions, and one member must be nominated by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.
The purpose of this position description is to provide information to candidates so that they understand what the job requires and to create a benchmark against which the attributes of candidates can be assessed.
As a group, the Fiordland Marine Guardians must have a balanced mix of knowledge and experience in relation to the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area (FMA).
Each member is appointed in his or her own right and does not represent any particular organisation or group. He or she will be expected to have the following skills:
Members will be appointed for a term not exceeding 4 years. Ideally, terms will be staggered so the appointment of all members will not expire in the same year.
Under Section 13 of the Act, the Guardians have the following functions:
Advice and recommendations may be given on the Guardians' own initiative or at the request of management agencies or Ministers.
A key role of the Guardians and agencies is the development and implementation of the non-statutory elements of the overall package approved by the Government, including strategies covering monitoring, compliance and enforcement, biosecurity and public information.
The Guardians meet for a full day (usually in Invercargill) five or six times per year. Additionally, members need time to attend sub-committee meetings and for activities like assisting with boat shows.
Remuneration is determined by the Act and the Government Fees Framework. The Guardians are currently paid $308 per day worked and the chair is paid $396 per day. Actual and reasonable expenses incurred are also reimbursed.
Before a person is appointed to the Fiordland Marine Guardians they will be required to:
 The Department of Conservation, the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Primary Industries, and the Southland Regional Council
 Conservation, Environment, Primary Industries (formerly Biosecurity and Fisheries)