Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger, Biodiversity Monitoring – Department of Conservation – Multiple locations

  • Permanent
  • Anywhere
  • 18/05/2022

Website Department of Conservation

  • Multiple permanent opportunities across Aotearoa
  • A unique role for people with specialist biodiversity monitoring skills
  • Work in the backcountry, regularly visiting new and diverse locations

He angitūtanga: About the Role

The Biodiversity Monitoring Team is looking for exceptional staff members to deliver biodiversity monitoring work across New Zealand. You will provide specialist skills and experience for the operational delivery of the national biodiversity monitoring programme.  This will entail a significant allocation of fieldwork to collect biodiversity monitoring data from a wide range of sites and projects plus providing office-based advice when requested. You will be part of a national team and may have responsibilities that extend beyond the location where you reside.  Put simply, these are specialist technical monitoring roles that involve a large proportion of time in the field across many different sites.

We have multiple positions available, depending on the preference of the successful candidate and the needs of the team at each location, these roles could be based in Hokitika, Invercargill, Palmerston North or Rotorua. These are permanent full-time positions working 40-hour weeks over winter, and from September till March, work on a roster approx. 12 days on, 6 days off (40hr week average). Permanent part-time is also an option for these positions

The following weblinks provide some insights into the kind of work the team’s field operations contribute to:

https://www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/monitoring-and-reporting-system/

https://blog.doc.govt.nz/2018/04/20/biodiversity-on-your-doorstep/

https://blog.doc.govt.nz/2017/12/24/hunting-for-native-mistletoe-this-christmas/

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will bring to this role your strong communication skills and a genuine interest in teamwork, collaboration and supporting us to deliver positive outcomes for our taio. You will be keen to be a part of creating a positive, safe, diverse, and inclusive culture here at Te Papa Atawhai.

If you have the following attributes, we are keen to hear from you:

  • A range of biodiversity monitoring experience
  • Experience or comfortable working with whānau, hapū and iwi, with an understanding of te ao Māori
  • Computer skills with confidence in Excel and Word
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Proven ability operating in the backcountry, communicating effectively and getting on well with others in a small team
  • Physically fit and able to carry a full pack for three hours off track
  • Able to regularly spend long periods of time (up to 2 weeks) away from home
  • Preferably have a current full New Zealand Drivers Licence

Desirable specialist skills and experience within two or more of the following areas:

  • Experience in 20 x 20 plot measurement,
  • Experience supervising and leading a team in the field
  • Plant identification,
  • Bird identification, preferably 5 minute bird counts
  • Animal pest monitoring, preferably ungulate pellet counts and possum monitoring
  • A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience and achievements in science or natural heritage management are desirable.

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

In return for your skills and expertise we offer a fantastic working environment. DOC has repeatedly won the award for most attractive employer in the public sector. People really enjoy working with us!

Our culture is centred upon wellbeing and continuous improvement. We offer excellent training opportunities and support professional development to further extend your knowledge and skills.

We support flexible working and provide a range of staff benefits including discounts on outdoor gear, insurance and banking. DOC employees stay for free in our backcountry huts and campsites.

Tono ināianei | Apply now

To apply, submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) that describes your motivation for joining us and highlights your relevant skills and experience. Your cover letter needs to state which areas of Aotearoa you are interested in applying for.

For any queries, please contact Morgan McLean at mmclean@doc.govt.nz  quoting vacancy 400/12521.

The salary range for this position is $53,776 up to $61,706 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement: From 4 May 2022 our Vaccination Policy, requiring all employees to be vaccinated, has been suspended but may be reinstated in the future if the COVID-19 situation changes. Positions that are identified as high risk will still have a requirement for appointees to be vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing for these positions will be required and applicants will be notified during the recruitment process if this condition will apply.

Applications close at 5pm, Wednesday 18 May 2022.

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.

DOC

To apply for this job please visit careers.doc.govt.nz.