Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger – Department of Conservation – Alexandra

  • Full Time
  • Alexandra
  • Applications have closed.

Website Department of Conservation

Are you someone who is passionate about conservation, enjoys the outdoors, has lots of practical skills and would enjoy working in our diverse District with a range of threatened species, plants, and animal pests?   Are you comfortable working on your own or in a team – then this could be the role for you!

Te Papa Atawhai has a vacancy for a Ranger within the Central Otago team based in Alexandra to cover the Central Otago district.

 He angitūtanga: About the Role:

Central Otago covers a large geographic area stretching from the Haast Pass in the west to Middlemarch in the east, Lindis Pass in the north to the Nevis valley in the south.  This large geographic landscape creates a diverse workplan, which provides an opportunity to develop a well-rounded skill set.   The biodiversity includes Chafer Beetles, Grand and Otago Skinks, Saline sites and Lepidium species.  This is a diverse hands-on role, and you could find yourself undertaking weed control, fencing, recreation asset management on huts and tracks or undertaking skink studies.

As part of the Central Otago District team, you will work with teams in Alexandra, Macraes Flat, Makarora and Wānaka to undertake a wide range of conservation work for the district.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for:

With your practical skills, you will be a problem solver who can think on their feet when things do not 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.  To be successful in this role you will need to be physically fit due to the terrain and nature of the work.

Ideally you will also have some of the following:

  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Current Growsafe Certificate
  • Current Controlled Substance License
  • Off track navigation and GPS skills
  • Basic chainsaw qualifications
  • Backcountry experience
  • 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
  • 4×4 and LUV driving experience

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

To live in Central Otago is to have access to a spectacular place for recreation: mountains, lakes, and rivers to enjoy and explore.  There are numerous tracks to walk, tramp or mountain bike; rock faces to climb; waterways to boat on or for fishing, and mountains for skiing or snowboarding.

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 400/09174.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter. Applications close at 5 pm Sunday, 19 September 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.