Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger/ Kaitiaki Ao Tuku Iho – Department of Conservation – Matiu/Somes Island

  • Full Time
  • Wellington
  • 21/09/2020

Website Department of Conservation

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Ranger/ Kaitiaki Ao Tuku Iho, on Matiu Somes Island, Wellington Harbour.

This is a unique and rare opportunity to contribute to the restoration of the Wellington Harbour Islands Matiu/Somes, Mokopuna and Makāro/Ward as well as work with iwi and the community.  These islands are considered tāonga to local Iwi and owners Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika.

Variety will be the flavour of the day and there will be many opportunities to learn new skills or hone your existing ones when you are running a predator free scientific reserve with a rich multicultural history.

The island receives over 22,000 visitors per year, so you will meet many people as well as working with two other dedicated Rangers living and working on the island.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

This is a full-time position as a posting on the island for up to 5 years. You will live in a DOC house (3 bedrooms) on Matiu/Somes island located in the “heart of Wellington Harbour” with the Wellington CBD only a short ferry ride away. Our mainland based Kapiti Wellington District office team provides strong support to our island-based Rangers.

As the next island Ranger, you will be responsible for:

  • Ensure the guiding principles of the Wellington Harbour Islands Kaitiaki Plan are adhered to.
  • Coordinate and work with Iwi, community groups, corporates and volunteers.
  • Manage and maintain island infrastructure, including tracks, buildings, water, electrical, sewage systems, vehicles, boats and machinery.
  • Manage and work in biodiversity programs, including planting, weed control, flora and fauna monitoring, pest animal control (Black back gulls) and all aspects of island biosecurity. (quarantine, surveillance and pest contingency).
  • Manage projects, events and contractors.
  • Manage seasonal, casual and volunteer staff.
  • Manage Campsite and bookable accommodation on the island.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

The ideal applicant will have the following:

  • A genuine interest in conservation work.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.
  • Initiative and innovative.
  • Self-motivated, flexible approach, self-aware and highly motivated.
  • Proficient in the use of a wide variety of computer software programmes; Microsoft Programmes, Outlook, Word, Excel.
  • A reasonable level of fitness.

 Desired Skills, Experience and Qualifications (or willing to undergo training in):

  • An understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi principles.
  • Basic level of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga.
  • A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in science or natural heritage management.
  • Experience in working collaboratively with whānau, hapū and iwi, community, government agencies and business groups and comfortable and professional in working with a wide variety of people.
  • A practical background in general infrastructure maintenance.
  • A current NZ Class 1 driver licence (Manual).
  • First Aid Certificate.
  • Growsafe.
  • Tractor driving and operating qualifications for a tractor less than a 1000kg.
  • Boat master or days skipper qualifications.
  • Basic Chainsaw unit standards.
  • Safe Working at Heights.
  • Approved handlers license for gas and fuels.
  • Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) Level 2.
  • GPS and GIS computer skills.
  • Fire fighter unit standards.

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

A highly rewarding and interesting position, with exciting projects and daily changing circumstances allowing you to be creative at finding solutions.

Living and working in a beautiful location with amazing people and living conditions!

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.

Excellent development opportunities across the Department nationally.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory.

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 Suzi Tuffin,, or telephone 027 404 9823, quoting vacancy 400/4646.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 21 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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