Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger – Department of Conservation – Hokitika

  • Full Time
  • Hokitika
  • 01/08/2021

Website Department of Conservation

Are you someone who has experience and a passion for hunting, lots of practical skills, has a high level of fitness and enjoys working for extended periods in the backcountry? If yes, then this is the job for you!

Our united purpose is Papatūānuku Thrives. Our people live, breathe and feel connected to our kaupapa everyday. 

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

We are seeking an experienced hunter to join our Hokitika Team. Reporting to the local Supervisor, this role is primarily focussed on planning and delivering goat control throughout the Western South Island Region. This will be done with support and guidance of your Supervisor and the Senior Ranger, Biodiversity in the Hokitika District. The role also includes periods assisting the Operations Teams with other duties. These duties will likely include trap checking, weed control and assisting with other biodiversity work as required.

You will need to form close relationships with the biodiversity team and wider district teams to ensure your work aligns well with existing work programs.

You will demonstrate exceptional decision making skills in remote backcountry settings, with knowledge of terrain, weather interpretation, animal behaviour, and firearms safety.

You will be required to spend periods of approximately 10 days or more in the beautiful back country. The area that you will be covering is the Western South Island Region, which stretches from Karamea area south to the region surrounding Haast as required.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for:

You will be a result driven problem solver who enjoys the challenge of working in a dynamic and ever-changing field environment to deliver quality conservation work. We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Previous experience hunting ungulates with a dog team.
  • A high level of physical fitness and experience in the back country, sometimes for extended periods of time on multiday trips.
    • Good practical hunting skills, including firearm use and hunting with or without dogs.
    • Experience using GPS and data management.
    • A passion for conservation and comfortable working in remote backcountry setting for extended periods, all year round no matter the weather!
    • An ability to work independently and as part of a team.
    • Excellent communication and relationship building skills.
    • Strong health and safety focus.

    Please note that applicants must hold a current New Zealand Drivers Licence and Firearms Licence.

    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!

    We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

    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 David Soper on 027 571 1403 or at quoting vacancy 400/07333.

    Applications close at 5pm, Sunday 1st 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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