Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger – Department of Conservation – Waikato

  • Permanent
  • Hamilton
  • Applications have closed.

Website Department of Conservation

  • Are you someone who is passionate about conservation and enjoys working in the great outdoors?
  • Do you want to make a difference in protecting New Zealand’s natural environment?

Our Waikato Operations team is now recruiting a Ranger to join our waka and contribute to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.

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

As a Ranger, you will form part of the wider operations team delivering on our biodiversity, heritage and visitor, and community work programmes across the Waikato district.

Key pieces of work include:

  • Weed Control
  • Pest control (including pest fish)
  • Species monitoring and management
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Track and asset maintenance
  • Community engagement
  • Relationship management

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We are looking for someone with a range of technical skills with a proactive attitude to bring to the team. You will be comfortable using safety and navigation equipment or can easily pick these up.  Ideally you have practical field delivery experience.


  • The ability to work in true partnership with others across DOC and external stakeholders including local whānau, hapū and iwi
  • Knowledge of one or more biodiversity areas such as; marine, freshwater, animal pest control, management of threatened species and/or statutory delegations

A full driver’s license is essential, the following is advantageous:

  • Four-wheel driving qualifications and off-road experience
  • Growsafe & Approved Handler certifications
  • Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) qualifications and experience
  • Chainsaw qualifications and experience
  • A current first aid certificate

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

Aside from being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) we all offer:

  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general travel and accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory.

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 further information please contact Alaine Holdom on 027 540 5937or quoting reference 400/03336.

The salary range for this position starts from $47,320 up to $59,978 based on demonstrable skills and experience

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 16 May 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement – All employees are required to be vaccinated in line with our Vaccination Policy.  New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment. 

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