Principal Ranger, Biodiversity – Department of Conservation – Te Anau

  • Full Time
  • Te Anau
  • 04/03/2019

Website Department of Conservation

The Principal Ranger role is an exciting, challenging and unique role contributing to significant conservation projects throughout Fiordland National Park.

The position of the Principal Ranger has been set up recognising the scale and complexity of the biodiversity programme based in Te Anau. The position reports to the Operations Manager and is responsible for the work programme of 18 permanent staff as well as contractors. There are significant predator control, ecosystem restoration, species recovery and weed control programmes including large and remote islands and mainland sites with the focus on the effective integrated delivery of high-quality conservation outputs. The role will require significant specialist biodiversity management knowledge as well as supporting other local conservation activities for the Operations Manager, Te Anau.

This complex role is responsible for the management of some significant predator management programmes including Save our Iconic Kiwi, Battle for Our Birds, Murchison Mountains (Takahe) within Fiordland National Park The work programme entails management of the teams based in remote field locations. There are significant infrastructure maintenance requirements including bridges, tracking networks and staff huts.

Work programmes also include monitoring and management of endangered species including kaka, kea, kiwi/tokoeka/ pekapeka, tieke, mohua, whio and seabird species as well as a marine mammal programme for Dusky dolphin and humpback whale and a monitoring programme for the Fiordland Marine Reserves.

The role requires an experienced people leader who is skilled at inspiring, motivating and directing teams and who will shape a culture that values diversity and continuous improvement. There is a strong relationship management component to this role, including working with our treaty partners collaboratively and effectively, as well as island and mainland trusts, the community, businesses and others. Experience in conservation management is essential.

 As DOC has a strong focus on the Health and Safety of its staff and visitors to conservation sites, this role will also be charged with creating a strong ‘safety first’ environment, ensuring there is a positive safety culture and consistent safety practice across all work sites.

If you have what it takes and want to be part of our team, apply now!

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

Please apply online at the DOC Careers Centre. Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description

For any queries, please contact Greg Lind, or telephone (027) 2923685, quoting vacancy 400/8370.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 4 March 2019.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.


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