Careers in conservation & the environment

Ranger, Weed Team (Fixed Term), Hen and Chicken Islands – Department of Conservation – Whangarei

  • Fixed Term
  • Whangarei
  • 10/08/2020

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We have four seasonal vacancies available to join our team in Whangarei.  These are fixed term positions for approximately six months between November 2020 and March 2021 for up to three team members and one team leader.  The team leader will be selected from the applicants based on team fit and suitability to undertake the role.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

The core area of work will be undertaking weed control and survey work on the Hen and Chickens Island group.

These positions involve extended periods on isolated islands and require applicants who can work unsupervised, as well as motivate other team members.  The successful applicants will require excellent communication, and technical skills.  A high level of fitness is essential for working on difficult, steep terrain and a positive attitude to Health and Safety is essential.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We are looking for qualified professionals with knowledge and experience in weed control, surveying and offshore island or remote fieldwork.  Experience in small boat handling is valuable, a GrowSafe certificate and abseil knowledge is desirable.

A knowledge and appreciation for Māori cultural perspectives and Iwi values is beneficial. A relevant tertiary qualification is desirable, but not essential. Basic Word and Excel computer skills are beneficial.

As part of the selection process, short listed candidates will be required to spend 5 days on one of the islands in the Hen & Chicken Island group, familiarising with weed ID and general island work. This trip is scheduled for the 21st – 26th September 2020; applicants must be available to attend this trip to be considered for the positions. This trip is unpaid and the cost of travel to and from Whangarei is to be met by the applicant. The Department will cover on-island expenses.

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!

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. The completion of the applicant questionnaire is also required.

For any enquiry, please contact Kallan Mehrtens,, or telephone (027) 615 4450, quoting vacancy 400/1420T.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 10 August 2020.

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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