Careers in conservation & the environment

Senior Ranger, Recreation/Historic – Department of Conservation – Whanganui

  • Full Time
  • Whanganui
  • 13/07/2020

Website Department of Conservation

Rarely does a role like this become available in DOC located in the Whanganui District. Are you a natural organiser who loves working with others and planning the coordination of teams and large work programs? Are you looking for an interesting new challenge that offers the chance to contribute to the strategic management of the assets and infrastructure around the Whanganui National Park?

The Role

The Senior Ranger Recreation/Historic is a unique and exciting role that forms part of the district leadership team.  It is responsible for the strategic planning and prioritisation of the recreation and historic work program for the Whanganui National Park and surrounding areas within our District.

The key focus is planning and work scheduling as well as managing visitor safety risks and number crunching/budget management.  Lucky enough you will get to offset the numbers with an element of field assessments so that you can understand the landscape and logistical challenges that this role manages, it really is an amazing place to be apart of and work amongst.

A major component of your work will be helping your team to develop and succeed in their own work. In this Senior Ranger position, you need to have an eye for detail, a willingness to work towards continuous improvement, and plenty of drive and initiative. Health, safety and the wellbeing for staff is a high priority

A bit about you

As the Senior Ranger, Rec/Historic you ideally have a background in recreation (building or maintenance) but understanding the historic landscapes across the Whanganui district is important. You will have worked effectively with computer-based asset management systems and be able to navigate around an excel spreadsheet.

We’re looking for a positive, outgoing personality, someone who enjoys working within a close-knit team.  Your ability to think strategically and act operationally will contribute to the successful planning and delivery of work programs across the district and includes a natural ability to switch between tasks effortlessly.

There can be times when the workload will be high so you will need to be able to remain calm and focused and work well under pressure, you will be confident interacting with people from all walks of life.  Having an understand of the Iwi partners in the Whanganui district, te reo and tikanga maori could be advantageous to building those relationships to integrate amongst the local communities to understand their values with our work.

Key Skills

  • Strong communicator with the ability to interpret, explain and convey complex information.
  • Strong project or contract management skills, attention to detail.
  • Self-aware and agile to adapt as the role requirements evolve
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships.
  • Strong health and safety focus.
  • Physically fit.
  • A current full driving license.

Along with recently being awarded New Zealand’s second most attractive employer (first in the public service!) people like working for us because we offer:

  • Competitive remuneration
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general travel and accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work

If applying internationally you must be eligible to work in New Zealand by either a current work visa or be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a cover letter and CV.

For more information please contact Peter Lock at plock@govt.nz or telephone +64 27 536 6785, quoting reference 400/3870

Applications close at 5pm Monday 13 July 2020.

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

To apply for this job please visit careers.doc.govt.nz.