Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger – Department of Conservation – Geraldine

  • Full Time
  • Geraldine
  • 28/09/2020

Website Department of Conservation

The Geraldine/Raukapuka Operations team has an exciting opportunity available for a self – motivated but team focused person to join us as a Recreation/Historic Ranger.

Are you someone who loves the outdoors and is passionate about recreation opportunities in New Zealand?

If you love working in the outdoors, have good practical field skills with a proven ability for working in a small team, then this is the ranger job for you!

He angitūtanga: About the Role

As our next ranger, you will be responsible for:

  • Maintenance of our front country campsites and amenity areas, examples include: lawn mowing, scrub bar use, spraying, toilet cleaning and ongoing maintenance of amenity area water systems and buildings as needed.
  • Track maintenance with a strong front country focus, examples include: Peel forest Scenic Reserve, Pudding hill Scenic Reserve (Mt Hutt tracks).
  • Backcountry hut maintenance, the priority being the two serviced huts on the Mt Somers track, (Woolshed creek hut and Pinnacles hut). We also carry out annual hut maintenance at the basic huts on the Te Araroa trail, examples include: Crooked spur hut, Double hut.
  • Assisting the wider Recreation/Historic team as needed, at times this role may be required to assist our Oamaru based staff.
  • Volunteer management and coordination – this role will assist with our volunteer hut warden and camp host programmes as needed, eg: carrying out volunteer inductions.
  • Historic maintenance and monitoring – examples include: annual historic inspections of Maori rock art and Mt Somers lime kiln sites.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for


  • Good people skills
  • A passion for the New Zealand outdoors
  • Full, clean drivers licence
  • Previous experience using a scrub bar/weed eater.
  • Good computer skills
  • Strong practical skill set
  • Basic building/carpentry skills
  • Experience with trailers


  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Chainsaw training and experience
  • Approved handler for agrichemical use
  • Traffic controller (TC) or STMS qualification for traffic management
  • 4WD qualification

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

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!

The chance to join a large organisation that’s still growing. DOC has been undergoing a steady period of growth, 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.

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

For any enquiries, please contact Chris Dyson,, or telephone (027 542 8989), quoting vacancy 400/7344.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 28 September 2020.

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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