Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger, (Fixed Term) – Department of Conservation – Owaka

  • Fixed Term
  • Owaka
  • 20/09/2021

Website Department of Conservation

  • Interact with visitors from all walks of life.
  • Contribute to our visitors’ experience by ensuring the facilities we provide reflect the great experience we would like our visitors to have.
  • Spend your summer in the Catlins district amongst wild rugged coastlines, outstanding natural landscapes, and the opportunity to participate in a wide range of recreational pursuits.

You will have a passion for ensuring that our Icon Tourism Site Nugget Point with all its wildlife values and spectacular views looks great, and visitors are well supported and have great experiences. If you enjoy working in natural environments including coastal rainforests and beaches where you can demonstrate proven practical skills, then this role could be right for you!

He angitūtanga: About the Role

A typical day will involve driving between various Department of Conservation Sites such as Papatowai, Tawanui and Pūrākaunui Bay Campgrounds undertaking campground compliance (ensuring all visitors have successfully registered at the kiosks and providing cash change as required), road compliance (ensuring that freedom campers are not where they shouldn’t be), cleaning of facilities and routine maintenance tasks such as; grass cutting, vegetation clearing (weed whacking) and minor repairs to structures.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will need to be a proven and effective communicator, someone who will go the extra mile to ensure your message is understood. A strong visitor focus and ability to be the public face of our organisation at a high-profile tourism area is paramount.  As an advocate for the wildlife and environment in the Catlins you will ideally have a familiarity with the region and with the flora, fauna found there.

Your skill set will include general skills for infrastructure maintenance, campground compliance, cleaning and a demonstrated commitment to Health and Safety.  You are required to hold a current first aid certificate and have a Full Drivers Licence.   To be successful in this role you will need to be physically fit and enjoy working in all seasons the Catlins is famous for.

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

This position will join the team based in Owaka.  There is shared accommodation available in a Department of Conservation House in Papatowai.

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

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement – Te Papa Atawhai (DOC) has identified Hut Wardens, Campground Hosts and Visitor Centre staff as positions requiring vaccination in line with our Health and Safety guidelines. These roles have regular interaction with visitors and therefore vaccination is required to reduce risk to visitors and employees. New employees for these positions will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment with the exception of those not yet eligible to access the COVID-19 vaccination based on age range. You are not required to be currently vaccinated to apply for these roles.

This role has been identified as a Children’s Worker role. If you are successful after interview, you will be required to undergo a safety check, including a New Zealand Police vetting process as required by the Children Act, 2014.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

For any queries, please contact Keri Tuna on 032112400, or email  quoting vacancy T400/8460. 

Applications close 20 September 2021.


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