Careers in conservation & the environment

Senior Ranger, Community – Department of Conservation – Greymouth

  • Full Time
  • Greymouth
  • 28/09/2021

Website Department of Conservation

  • Are you an innovative thinker who enjoys working with people and who can design, plan and lead community conservation?
  • Would you thrive in a challenging opportunity to work with and influence the Western South Island community to help manage conservation?

The Greymouth District team are seeking a Senior Ranger, Community to join their passionate and focused Operations team working on important conservation initiatives.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

Reporting to the Operations Manager, you will be responsible for taking a strategic lead and delivery of the District’s iwi relationship management, mining and permissions monitoring and key stakeholder engagement.

The work draws in a wide range of partners across the district; iwi, community groups, business groups and other agencies. Working in partnership with these groups to achieve improved outcomes for conservation is a key priority for this role and you will be able to showcase your engagement and relationship skills across many different fields.

As part of the District Leadership team, you will work with Supervisors to plan priorities for the Greymouth District. Other key accountabilities of this role include:

  • Lead planning of the annual, quarterly and monthly work programmes for the Operations Manager.
  • Plan, phase and track budget (including capital), identify critical cost pressures and recommend solutions.
  • Provide high quality input on Resource Management Act planning processes, including coordinating the department’s input into resource consent applications where these affect natural, cultural, historic and/or recreational resources.
  • Process complex permit and concession applications as well as coordinate local input into statutory land administration.
  • Lead colleagues to plan and coordinate community outreach and events.
  • Assist the Operations Manager to monitor operations and systems to inform planning and reporting.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

As a Senior Ranger, Community you’ll be passionate about conservation and sustainable resource management. You will be a community minded, empathic and driven individual who can work independently as well as part of a team. Your ability to think strategically and act operationally will contribute to the successful planning and scheduling of work programmes across the district.

We want to hear from you if you have the following skills and experience:

  • Either fluent in te reo maori or at least have a good understanding of te reo moari, tikanga and Te Tiriti Waitangi.
  • A sound understanding and experience of statutory land administration and resource management legislation including freshwater advocacy.
  • Excellent communication and technical writing skills including the ability to create clear, well written content for complex information.
  • Excellent relationship building and collaboration skills and a proven experience partnering with a diverse range of stakeholders including community, iwi and business groups.
  • Excellent planning, organising and decision-making skills.
  • Previous experience planning and tracking project and budgets.
  • Ability to navigate and balance differing perspectives while maintaining alignment with DOC goals.
  • Be able to see the big picture and to have enthusiasm to find workable practical solutions.
  • Current full driving license.

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.

We highly value the 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 requirements above.

For any enquiry, please contact Shane Hall on 027 223 5045, or at, quoting vacancy 400/07206.

Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday, 28 September 2021.

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.


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