Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger, Marine Reserves (Fixed Term) – Department of Conservation – Auckland

  • Fixed Term
  • Auckland
  • 20/09/2021

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Our marine reserves provide the highest form of marine protection in Aotearoa. They offer spectacular opportunities for marine life to thrive, in the absence of exploitation and development. We need your help to protect, monitor and educate the public on these precious marine reserves. 

We have 2 fixed term Ranger positions from 15 November 2021 to 06 March 2022 roles to be based in Goat Island Bay and Long Bay, the Long Bay Ranger will be required to live onsite.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

Our marine reserves host thousands of visitors throughout summer, these roles assist with the management of these reserves over this period. The primary responsibility of these roles are to ensure public advocacy and education of these reserves.  There is an element of compliance in this role.

The tasks include:

  • Welcoming visitors and advocating marine reserves
  • Compliance monitoring –Respond, if necessary and safe to any illegal activity or outside reports of offending
  • Working with other external agencies for overall compliance
  • Beach rubbish cleaning
  • Setting out footpath signs on the beach at mid-low tide to remind/educate people of the marine reserve

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

knowledge of the marine environment and reserves will be highly advantageous as well as sound practical skills.  You will be working as the face of DOC with the public in a variety of situations.  Being able to remain calm under pressure, with good judgment and a positive attitude is a must for this role.   You must be confident and comfortable working autonomously.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Knowledge of the marine environment and marine reserves
  • Experience dealing with conflict or difficult interpersonal situations
  • Excellent people skills, being able to relate to others and have a positive disposition
  • A current full driver’s licence.
  • The ability to work by yourself and flexible hours. – There is an expectation to work weekends and public holidays throughout the summer months.
  • Computer and reporting skills
  • Current first aid certificate would be an advantage.
  • Experience in compliance and enforcement would be advantageous but not an essential requirement.

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

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 the employee assistance program

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.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the project description. Applicants may indicate in their cover letter whether they have preference for any of these two locations.

For any queries, please contact Dave Chandler,, ph 027 615 7079 quoting vacancy T400/02130.

Applications close at 5pm 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.


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