Careers in conservation & the environment

Park Ranger, Regional Parks South – Auckland Council – South Auckland

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  • Puketutu Island – Te Motu a Hiaroa
  • Ambury and Mutukaroa Regional Parks
  • Bring your passion for conservation and education and be part of a great team

Our regional parks are much loved and treasured by the people of Auckland and visitors alike, receiving up to 6 million visits a year. They represent the iconic landscapes of the Auckland region and are home to many rare and threatened ecosystems and native species. For many of us, they are places that inspire and define us; places where we seek tranquillity and respite in nature, or more active recreation in the bush or on the beach.

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

We are on the hunt for a Park Ranger to join our Southern Sector Parks Team!

As a Park Ranger, you will be responsible for enabling safe and enjoyable outdoor recreation and education experiences in regional park settings, while conserving and protecting natural and cultural heritage resources.

The role is based at Ambury Regional Park, but you will also work regularly at Mutukaroa/Hamlin’s Hill Regional Park and Puketutu Island- Te Motu a Hiaroa, as well as from time to time, throughout the Southern Sector parks network as required.

You will take the lead in daily Puketutu Island- Te Motu a Hiaroa operations and coordinate both conservation work and stakeholder management, as we work with Te Motu a Hiaroa Trust to develop this space to become part of the Auckland Regional Park network.

You will have strong conservation skills, including pest control and threatened species management (NZ Dotterels and rare plants), revegetation programs and protecting natural and cultural heritage. You will work closely with the Ambury team to manage and support volunteers in achieving conservation goals, including assisting in planning and implementing the work programmes of these dedicated groups of people.

You will play an important role in the educational values of Ambury by supporting both formal and informal education programmes and be a part of the team responsible for park asset maintenance, events, farm outcomes and working closely with external stakeholders. You will also be involved with visitor and iwi liaison along with fostering and supporting volunteers.

This is a permanent full-time position; you will be required to work weekends and public holidays as well as taking on-call responsibilities on a ranger roster system.

He kōrero mōu: About you

We are looking for a motivated, people orientated person, to join the Southern Sector ranger team, who can add value and contribute to a committed team.

Ambury Regional Park is one of the southern sectors busiest and most diverse parks; you will need to be a strong communicator and confident in working with a range of public, community groups and volunteers.

You will have strong time management skills and be able to work unsupervised across a range of projects while still being able to work effectively as part of the Ambury and wider southern sector ranger team.

You will need to be physically fit and have proven practical skills with a strong background in conservation and asset management being essential.

Parks, conservation and/or land management qualification(s) would be desirable along with other appropriate licences to support public safety and environmental protection. A background in conservation and managing pest plant and animal programmes is a must.

A current NZ driver’s licence is required for this position.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

We are offering an opportunity to join our hard working and fun-loving team as a ranger at Ambury and Mutukaroa Regional Parks, both open spaces that provide a unique opportunity to educate the public on the conservation values within the urban environment.

You will be encouraged and supported by the wider ranger and management team and given scope to develop and implement projects that support your conservation role and park values.

You will work in a diverse & dynamic environment that celebrates your strengths, supports personal learning & development and encourages passion.

If this opportunity sounds like you then please apply online today.

Applications close: Sunday, 26th September 2021.

Please note that we may, however, be considering applications as they are received so please do not delay in applying.

This role is deemed safety sensitive and, in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug & alcohol testing.

Auckland Council is committed to the protection and wellbeing of children.  This role is classified as a Children’s Worker role under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. As such applicants will be required to undergo police vetting prior to commencing employment. Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory police check.

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.


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