Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger Project Lead Community, (Fixed Term) – Department of Conservation – Dunedin

  • Fixed Term
  • Dunedin
  • 20/09/2021

Website Department of Conservation

  • Does the idea of working with others to increase conservation outcomes appeal to you?
  • Would you like to support revitalising communities through nature-based employment?

The Ranger Project Lead Community role is within the Jobs for Nature programme and has been created to support the assessment, implementation and monitoring of projects that increase conservation outcomes through nature-based employment.  In response to the COVID-19 economic downturn, the Government’s Jobs for Nature programme has seen $500 million allocated to nature-based projects. The Southern South Island Region is to benefit from this investment in Nature.

Our project partners will create jobs on private and public conservation land, focusing on predator control, pest plant eradication, restoring wetlands, and regenerative planting.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

The Ranger Project Lead Community will actively support community partners to successfully deliver projects and build their capability to grow conservation. There is an important contract and delivery monitoring and reporting aspect to the work. The Ranger is the primary liaison between the Partner and the Jobs for Nature team.

You will work with the community partners to develop and confirm the funding agreement, including agreeing project milestones. You will be responsible for overseeing all reporting and undertake field monitoring as part of quality assurance activities.  As the first point for problem solving, you are the liaison between the partners and technical experts within Te Papa Atawhai or the Rangers in that area.  You help with navigating systems and processes, including a focus on health and safety systems.

This is a three-year fixed term role based in Dunedin.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We are looking for someone with contract management experience, who is good at coordinating and overseeing others to monitor, report back and make sure a project delivers.  You will be comfortable navigating systems and processes and embrace the use of technology.  An understanding of health and safety systems and processes would be an advantage.

You will have experience working with whānau, hapū and iwi, and excellent interpersonal, communication, engagement, and relationship management skills.   As a motivated and effective collaborator who can establish enduring relationships with colleagues and our local partners, this could be your opportunity to be involved in this new piece of work.

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

Periodic travel throughout the Southern South Island region will be a requirement of this role. You will report to a local operations manager and have a local focus, however you will be expected to work collaboratively with two peers located in each of Queenstown and Te Anau. Together you will collectively ensure all the Southern South Island Region projects are set up and supported to be successful.

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

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

For any enquiry, please contact Debbie Fahey on 027 286 2746 or quoting vacancy  T400/09330/2.

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


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