Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger, Biodiversity (Fixed Term) – Department of Conservation – Franz Josef

  • Fixed Term
  • Franz Josef
  • 20/09/2021

Website Department of Conservation

  • Would you thrive on the opportunity to assist and support a kea research project?
  • Would you like the opportunity to be surrounded by spectacular landscapes while you while you work to achieve greater conservation outcomes?
  • Do you have a passion for working outdoors and experience handling and monitoring birds?

He angitūtanga: About the Role

We are seeking two motivated and skilled rangers to join our Biodiversity team based in the Waiou/Franz Josef Office on a fixed term basis for one year, ending October 2022. You will be split across two field locations based in Franz Josef and Arthurs Pass.

In this role, you will assist and support delivery of research to develop an effective bird repellent to protect kea during aerial 1080 operations.  These exciting roles will expand on trails using repellents d-pulegone and anthraquinone, monitoring kea behaviour and survivorship.

Your duties in this role will include:

  • Catching, banding and fitting transmitters to kea
  • Tracking and monitoring kea in the field using telemetry and through in person observations
  • Undertaking field trials of kea bait repellents
  • Setting and checking trail cameras, and reviewing footage
  • Data collection and data entry

You will be required to stay away overnight and work outside normal hours.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will be a self-starter and motivated individual who has a passion for achieving conservation outcomes. We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Practical experience in the field and backcountry, including strong navigation, map reading and GPS skills
  • The ability to work well alone, lead small field teams, and work with a wide range of people including scientists, iwi and the local community
  • Ability to live and work in a small community, spending time away in remote field locations
  • Strong health and safety focus as well as a high level of physical fitness
  • Experience handling and monitoring birds including banding, band resighting and undertaking behavioural observations
  • Experience using transmitters and tracking wildlife using telemetry
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Attention to detail to ensure accurate data collection and record keeping
  • Tech savvy skills and ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite and databases
  • Understanding of research methods and an ability to adapt as we learn
  • Strong initiative and a high degree of self-motivation
  • Current full drivers licence

The following are also desirable:

  • Parrot, and particularly kea banding level 2 accreditation
  • Knowledge of kea behaviour
  • A relevant tertiary qualification, or equivalent experience in wildlife management or conservation
  • Experience using trail cameras
  • Data analysis and report writing skills
  • Current First Aid Certificate

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

The opportunity to work in some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes and live in a location which offers an excellent lifestyle with a range of outdoor recreation opportunities. Be part of an experienced and supportive team who share your passion for threatened species conservation.

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

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

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above.

For any enquiry, please contact Tracey Dearlove at, or telephone 0275440697, quoting vacancy T400/07410.

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 20 September 2021.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.


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