Careers in conservation & the environment

Senior Ranger, Community – Department of Conservation – Alexandra

  • Full Time
  • Alexandra
  • Applications have closed.

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  • Are you a strategic thinker who enjoys working with people and who can design, plan and lead community conservation? Connecting the work to inspire and motivate New Zealanders to contribute to a thriving Papatūānuku, with our key engagement systems, so we are harnessing willingness and turning it into action.
  • Are you well organised, have a good awareness of contemporary conservation and environmental issues and enjoy working with a range of stakeholders and partners such as iwi, community groups, business, farmers, councils, and education?
  • Actively supporting the Pou Matarautaki, Operations Manager as an active member of the District Leadership Team to achieve the district’s work programme and work well both independently and as part of a team – then we are keen to hear from you!

We have the opportunity for a motivated individual to join our team as a Senior Ranger, Community based in Alexandra.  While based in the Central Otago District you will be part of a wider multi-functional team that spans our Southern South Island Region and National programmes.  Enjoy the chance to work with technical experts across the range of Te Papa Atawhai’s mahi.

The Central Otago focus is on a broad range of biodiversity and recreational programmes.  These include managing threatened bird and plant species, increasing habitat through pest control work, maintaining recreational and historic infrastructure, and working with Iwi, business, and community groups.

 He angitūtanga: About the Role

You will thrive in a work environment that requires you to manage competing priorities, balance planned and reactive work and adapt to challenging and complex situations.  This diverse role is responsible for:

  • Providing advice to the Operations Manager on how the district work programme should reflect Treaty Partnership, national and regional plans, and most effectively address community work priorities.
  • Maintaining and building upon relationships with the community, community groups, volunteers, iwi / hapu / whanau, and forging new relationships to catapult forward the community’s connection with nature and grow conservation outcomes.
  • Manage public messaging in line with national strategies and local priorities for the Visitor Centre including, visual displays, online, electronic, and printed collateral and support Visitor Centre outreach opportunities.
  • To capture, scope, prioritise, develop specifications, and regularly review all Community, Permissions, Resource Management Act, and other statutory requirements for District Operations work
  • Collate information for responses to media enquiries, Official Information Act requests and compilation of Ministerial responses.

As the Senior Ranger you are key to building and maintaining the high-level stakeholder relationships on behalf of the Operations Manager and Central Otago team.  You work closely with the other Senior Rangers and Supervisors to share the district leadership to support the Operations Manager.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

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.

You will be comfortable working in a changing environment as Te Papa Atawhai has several stretch goals which will change the way we operate.  You will be a strategic thinker who can connect these goals, the vision, and local strategies to the delivery of conservation outcomes within our Region.  Above all, your genuine passion for conservation and your alignment to our purpose Papatūānuku Thrives, will round off your profile.

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

To live in Central Otago is to have access to a spectacular place for recreation: mountains, lakes, and rivers to enjoy and explore.  There are numerous tracks to walk, tramp or mountain bike; rock faces to climb; waterways to boat on or for fishing, and mountains for skiing or snowboarding.

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.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter. For any enquiry, please contact Debbie Fahey on 027 286 2746 or email quoting vacancy 400/09115.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday, 19 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.