Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger, Biodiversity/Heritage and Visitor – Department of Conservation – Alexandra or Wanaka

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Are you someone who enjoys the outdoors, knows the Central Otago district, and wants to influence how visitors experience our heritage assets and conservation land? If you enjoy engaging with people, can get work done on your own and through others, this might be the job for you!

Te Papa Atawhai has a vacancy for a Ranger based in either Alexandra or Wānaka to cover the diverse Central Otago district.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

The Central Otago District is unique for its richness of heritage assets and its’ diverse landscapes.   You will work closely with Senior Rangers, taking new conservation land and engage with stakeholders, community, iwi and neighbouring landowners to determine the best use of the land for visitors to enjoy.

You will take the lead on implementing public use of newly acquired conservation land by working with DOC staff and contractors to establish infrastructure on the land.   This could include establishing a new track or a bridge, and then designing, ordering, and organising installation of all signage.

As part of the Central Otago District team, you will be supported by teams in Alexandra, Macraes Flat, Makarora and Wānaka to undertake this work and you will also work with these teams to carry out other conservation work.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We are looking for someone who can advocate and be rewarded by taking a piece of land and turning it into a recreation and visitor asset for the Central Otago District.  To achieve this you will have well developed public relations skills to be able to communicate and work with our communities, neighbouring landowners, stakeholders, and iwi.

You will have practical skills and may have a project management or contractor management background.  These skills will allow you to achieve work efficiently and effectively through others.  With your engaging and personable manner, you will be a natural leader of people and someone that has good negotiation skills.  You will be a self-starter with a natural drive to get things done.

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

Becoming a member of 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 new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.  Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.   Excellent development opportunities across the Department.

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 above requirements.

For any enquiry, please contact Debbie Fahey on 027 286 2746 or quoting vacancy 40009160.

Applications close 5pm on Monday 2 August  2021.

Te Papa Atawhai 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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