Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger, Biodiversity – Department of Conservation – Te Anau

  • Permanent
  • Te Anau
  • 24/10/2021

Website Department of Conservation

  • Do you enjoy the outdoors, have lots of practical skills but also the ability to project manage your work and the work of others?
  • Would you like to work in a region undertaking large scale projects of nationally significant work at the forefront of predator innovation and trials?
  • Te Papa Atawhai has a full-time permanent vacancy for a Ranger, Biodiversity based in Te Anau that is just the role for you!

Fiordland is world class and famous for its natural icons like Piopiotahi / Milford Sound and three of the 10 Great Walks. It is a passionately protected slice of New Zealand’s cultural, geological, and pioneering past with many taonga species. To live here is to enjoy one of New Zealand’s most spectacular pieces of natural wilderness as your backyard. It fosters a sense of appreciation that is often lost in big cities.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

The biodiversity team are responsible for managing a broad range of work programmes for the protection of many species including kea, kiwi, several threatened invertebrates, whio, pāteke and bats. As a Ranger, Biodiversity you will be responsible for the management of some of these work programmes which will include, working with the community, financial / budget management, planning the work programme, engaging technical experts and contractor management.  With your practical skills and ability to work in the back country you will be rewarded by being part of the delivery of your work programmes taking you to some of the most spectacular and iconic locations in Aotearoa.

Building and enhancing relationships are key to the success of the mahi that you will undertake, not only with your colleagues within Te Papa Atawhai but with iwi, hapu and whanau, contractors, and other members of the community. Due to the scale of the projects, there are several high performing partnerships with large stakeholders and community groups.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

With your critical thinking skills and practical experience, you will be a problem solver who can think on their feet when things don’t go to plan.  You will enjoy being outdoors working on the whenua, knowing that the outcomes are not instant, but being rewarded with changes to the environment around you over time.   You will be organised and motivated with the ability to plan, deliver, and report on work for yourself and others whether this be through volunteers, contractors or with other Te Papa Atawhai staff.   You will be a critical thinker with an understanding of contract management, work planning and financial and budget planning.

You will have excellent interpersonal, communication, engagement, and relationship management skills. As a motivated and effective collaborator, you can establish enduring relationships with colleagues and our partners.

Ideally you will also have some of the following:

  • Ecology degree or relevant experience (knowledge of invertebrate ecology would be an added bonus)
  • Experience working with whānau, hapū and iwi, community, and stakeholders
  • Multiday backcountry experience and off-track navigation
  • Knowledge and/or experience in field delivery work
  • Practical experience in pest control, threatened plants and animal populations would be an advantage including poison operations and the use of 1080

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What’s in it for you:

Te Anau offers a community lifestyle many other places lament having lost while enjoying access to larger centres thanks to the proximity of Queenstown to the north and Invercargill to the south. Shopping, airports, and other services are just a two-hour drive away. From kindergarten through to high school, local children are immersed in the environment as part of their education. The community is vibrant with a strong family network, new arts hub, strong sports centre, and community garden. Commuting to work will be a highlight, with biking or walking along the lakefront, with no traffic congestion to speak of.

Along with recently being awarded New Zealand’s most attractive employer in the public service, people like working for us because we offer:

  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition, and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including flexible working arrangements and the employee assistance program

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

For any enquiry, please contact Debbie Fahey on 027 286 2746 or email quoting vacancy DOC/1570668.  

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 24 October 2021


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