Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger (Fixed Term) – Department of Conservation – Picton

  • Fixed Term
  • Picton
  • 20/09/2021

Website Department of Conservation

  • Are you an innovative thinker who enjoys collaborating with others to grow conservation?
  • This is a fixed term role for three years based out of Picton

As one of our rangers on Blumine Island you will be responsible for supporting the delivery of a programme of work that monitors and researches orange-fronted kākāriki.  This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to become part of a committed and professional biodiversity team, focussed on achieving high quality conservation outcomes.

 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.

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

He angitūtanga: About the Role

This is a field based role.  A reasonable level of technical knowledge and physical fitness would be beneficial to ensure a high quality of work is being done

You will have defined leadership responsibilities including the ability to plan and undertake  work programmes relating to:

  • Threatened species management.
  • Bird identification, monitoring and research skills and experience
  • Biosecurity monitoring
  • Animal and pest control programmes

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

  • Bird monitoring experience
  • Experience working closely with others in a collaborative way to deliver and achieve conservation outcomes.
  • Reasonably high level of fitness for working in steep terrain for multiple days
  • Ability to organise personal affairs to allow for 10-day periods in the field
  • Ability to live and work in a small team environment in remote locations without mobile phone or social media communication

The following would be advantageous:

  • Four – wheel driving qualifications off road experience
  • Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) qualifications and off-road experience
  • A current First Aid Certificate
  • Experience in roped tree climbing

Above all, we are looking for someone who feels inspired, day in day out and connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.

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!

Keen to apply?

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

For any queries, please contact Wayne Beggs, Manukura (Operations Manager), Kākāriki karaka, at, or phone 027 422 2861, quoting vacancy T400/08610. 

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 20 September 2021.

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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