Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger – Department of Conservation – Nelson Lakes

  • Full Time
  • St Arnaud
  • 17/08/2020

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We are seeking an active and passionate conservation practitioner who enjoys working in a team, has excellent back-country credentials and lots of outdoor practical skills especially in conservation weed management. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

We have a vacancy in our Biodiversity team based in St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes National Park. We need a proven, effective team person with a passion for protection of New Zealand’s flora and fauna in this special part of the country. This is a full-time, permanent, field-based position.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

As a key member of our small tight knit team, and depending on your skills, you will help deliver:

  • The Nelson Lakes weed control programme, including working collaboratively with neighbours and local council staff.
  • Landscape-scale pest control and monitoring of mustelids, possums, cats, rodents and wasps as part of the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project
  • Leading temporary teams in the field

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

The successful applicant will ideally be ready to hit the ground running, with:

  • Strong NZ natural history knowledge and more than one year of experience in NZ biodiversity field work programmes
  • Strong understanding and practical experience with conservation weed control methods, and preferably 4WD, farm fencing, and chainsaw experience
  • Relevant and recently-proven backcountry experience
  • A current first aid certificate and full driver’s licence
  • A Growsafe certificate
  • The ability to work well alone or in a diverse team
  • The ability to stay away from home when required
  • Excellent fitness and ability to carry at least 10kg all day over steep and uneven terrain
  • Good computer literacy and experience using GPS and mobile devices

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, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

Please apply online at the DOC Careers centre.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.

For any queries, please contact Sandra Wotherspoon, quoting reference 400/5532.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 17 August 2020. Interviews will be held during the week of 24 August, and we would like the successful applicant to start work in late September 2020.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.


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