Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger Project Lead, Biodiversity (Fixed Term) – Department of Conservation – Twizel

  • Fixed Term
  • Twizel
  • 20/09/2021

Website Department of Conservation

An exciting fixed term opportunity has become available for a self-motivated, team focussed individual to join us as a biodiversity project lead for Te Manahuna Aoraki through until June 2022.

Te Manahuna Aoraki is an inspirational project that aims to restore the iconic landscapes and threatened species of the Upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The project aims to transform the landscape through partnership, innovation, design and discovery to achieve meaningful, long lasting results that are sustainable to maintain.

He angitūtanga | About the Role

As a Biodiversity Project Lead for exciting new LINZ funded projects in the Mackenzie Basin, your role is responsible for planning and coordinating the animal pest monitoring projects and reporting on delivery outcomes.

The successful applicant will:

  • Contribute to a team culture that is innovative, novel and focuses on dynamic solutions.
  • Be a natural leader and collaborator who enjoys the challenge of working in a dynamic and changing environment to deliver quality outcomes.

Your role will be predominantly focussed on engaging contractors to deliver agreed work outcomes, focused on reducing rabbits to historically low levels. You will also need to provide performance reporting for a variety of measures both during and on completion of the projects.

Your duties will include:

  • Planning and managing aerial and ground operations to control rabbits
  • Procurement and management of contractors using DOC’s procurement processes
  • Relationship building with landowners, partner agencies and stakeholders
  • Operational planning and design
  • Gathering, reporting and delivering information

He kōrero mōu | What we are looking for

You will have qualifications or experience in:

  • Sound knowledge and practical experience in biodiversity work, particularly planning, managing, and delivering animal pest control operations
  •  Experience with contract management and procurement processes
  • Ability to be agile and adaptable to changing circumstances when organising work programs
  • Great verbal and written communication skills and the ability to build relationships with contractors, stakeholders, and DOC staff
  • A strong health and safety focus

Qualifications or experience in the following would be advantageous:

  • GIS experience, specifically uploading and downloading data, map production and the ability to interpret GIS information
  • Data management and reporting experience, including mobile apps
  • Pest species monitoring and outcome monitoring experience
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail
  • Current full drivers’ licence
  • Current First aid Certificate 

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!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

This role will give you a solid grounding in core aspects of Te Manahuna Aoraki’s work, including management of contractors, procurement, outcome monitoring and reporting. You will gain insight into how multiple agencies can come together to transform largescale work programmes across a landscape.

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

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 Simone Smits at, or telephone 0275428859,  quoting vacancy 400/08415/3.

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

Te Papa Atawhai 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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