Ranger, Hut Warden (Fixed Term) | Whanganui

Posted on 01-Aug-2022
Application close date: 15-Aug-2022
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata 

If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive 


At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.


He angitūtanga | About the role

The Whanganui Journey is unique as it is the only Great Walk in New Zealand that is paddled rather than walked. The journey starts from Taumarunui traveling some 145km past lush podocarp forests and waterfalls ending at Pipiriki. Visitors typically paddle the Whanganui Journey in 3-5 days.

A special part of the journey is Tīeke Kāinga one of many old pā on the Whanganui Journey. As part of the ‘Great Walk' it provides a well-used hut and campsite for paddlers as well as an active marae, offering a one-off experience for visitors to the Whanganui River.

We have 2 opportunities for the coming summer season for Hut Rangers to join our team and host visitors & maintain the campsite and huts at Tieke Kāinga and John Coull.  The location and style are both different, with a cultural presentation at Tieke Kāinga.

The Hut Rangers quarters sleep two adults, are separate to the visitor accommodation, one has its own kitchenette.

The successful applicants will work in the Heritage and Visitor Team as one of four part-time Whanganui Journey Tīeke Kāinga Hut & John Coull Hut Rangers (a maximum of 72 hours per fortnight). Each Hut Ranger rotates through a fourteen-day cycle with eight-days at the assigned hut and 6 days off.

A key part of the role is to host visitors and ensure that they are managed well during their visit and are safe on the Whanganui Journey.

Tieke Kāinga is a place that holds strong cultural values for Te Whānau o Tieke; Hut Rangers are asked to educate visitors and endeavour to uphold the tikanga of the site. (Training to be provided)

You will be required to complete hut and campsite maintenance to the required standards.

Candidates who can serve a (significant) portion of the season will also be considered.


Mō mātou | About us

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate) guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

Required Attributes:

  • Able to live and work in an isolated environment
  • Able to work effectively with minimal supervision on a variety of tasks
  • People friendly, good interpersonal skills
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Able to work individually and in a team with the willingness and capacity to interact, liaise and consult with a variety of people
  • Able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form
  • Have a practical background, ‘can do' attitude, and good physical fitness
  • Have the confidence and resourcefulness to cope with a variety of situations involving people (e.g., hut pass vetting, interpretation, and visitor safety)
  • Accurate diary keeping, reporting and basic computer skills.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What's in it for you?

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. 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.  Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit your application online via the DOC Careers Centre with a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa.

The salary range for this position is $47,320 - $59,978 (pro-rata) with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience


Rā katinga | Applications close: 5 pm on Monday, 15 August 2022

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries, contact Chrissy Mulitalo at cmulitalo@doc.govt.nz

Taupānga | Job Reference: DOC/1650153


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement – From 4 May 2022 our Vaccination Policy, requiring all employees to be vaccinated, has been suspended but may be reinstated in the future if the COVID-19 situation changes. Positions that are identified as high risk will still have a requirement for appointees to be vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing for these positions will be required and applicants will be notified during the recruitment process if this condition will apply.

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