Careers in conservation & the environment

Senior Ranger, Community and Visitor Centre – Department of Conservation – Te Anau

  • Full Time
  • Te Anau
  • 08/08/2021

Website Department of Conservation

  • Are you an innovative thinker who enjoys working with people and who can design, plan and lead community conservation?
  • If so, come work, play, and make your mark in Te Papa Atawhai’s Te Anau District looking after Aotearoa’s largest national park, Fiordland, and surrounding conservation land.

Fiordland is world class and famous for its natural icons like Piopiotahi / Milford Sound and three of the 10 Great Walks.  It is a passionately protected slice of New Zealand’s cultural, geological, and pioneering past with many taonga species.  To live here is to enjoy one of New Zealand’s most spectacular pieces of natural wilderness as your backyard. It fosters a sense of appreciation that is often lost in big cities.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

Due to the breadth of work within the Community and Visitor Centre team this role will be one of two Senior Rangers supporting these teams.  You will be responsible for formulating the long-term strategic plan for community engagement in line with national strategy but also regional priorities.  You will maintain and build upon the great relationships with the community, community groups, volunteers, iwi / hapu / whanau, and you will forge new ones to catapult forward the community’s connection with nature and grow conservation outcomes.

This is an exciting role where no two days are the same with both reactive and strategic work across community and visitor engagement, conservation education, relationship management, interpretation, and the responsibility to manage public messaging through media releases, visual displays, online, electronic, and printed collateral.  You will also be responsible for financial and non-financial planning, reporting and quality assurance for your portfolio areas.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

The Fiordland teams’ goal is to continue to deliver their first-class Visitor Centre service and community engagement and are looking for someone who wants to work with them to become exceptional!  You will be an energetic and positive individual who enjoys working in a team and prides themselves on their outstanding communications skills.  You will be media savvy with excellent skills in presenting information clearly, concisely, and appropriately.  With your enquiring mind and interest in conservation you will be able to recognise new opportunities, ideas and trends and explore these to grow conservation engagement.  You will have knowledge or experience in strategic planning as well as financial and non-financial reporting.

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

Te Anau offers a community lifestyle many other places lament having lost while enjoying access to larger centres thanks to the proximity of Queenstown to the north and Invercargill to the south. Shopping, airports, and other services are just a two-hour drive away.  From kindergarten through to high school, local children are immersed in the environment as part of their education.  The community is vibrant with a strong family network, new arts hub, strong sports centre, and community garden.  Commuting to work will be a highlight, with biking or walking along the lakefront, with no traffic congestion to speak of.

Te Papa Atawhai provides 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.

We highly value new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

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 above requirements.

For any enquiry, please contact Debbie Fahey on 027 286 2746 or email quoting vacancy 400/09450

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 08 August 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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