Ranger River Restoration | Warkworth

Posted on 02-Aug-2022
Application close date: 22-Aug-2022
Position type:
Job reference:
  • A rare and exciting opportunity to join our River Restoration programme has become available!
  • We have a permanent position just for you to join our Auckland Operations team, working within the Hōteo and Mahurangi catchments



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

As our Ranger, River Restoration you will be joining our wider Operations team and supported by the Ngā Awa River Restoration team which is distributed around New Zealand as you set out contribute to advancing freshwater ecosystem restoration in New Zealand.

The ranger position will involve:

  • Establishing relationships with key partners.
  • Working with iwi partners, stakeholders, and other agencies to develop or contribute to a clear vision, objectives, actions, and monitoring requirements for freshwater restoration of the Hōteo and Mahurangi.
  • Identifying opportunities for leveraging other projects and identifying the niche where DOC can best contribute; and
  • Gathering baseline information to inform the restoration approach (or contracting this out).
  • Driving achievement of freshwater restoration actions through either working in partnership with others or contracting in specific work.
  • Reviewing restoration actions considering monitoring and research results and adjusting the programme accordingly.
  • Communicating outcomes through reporting, community engagement etc.
  • Managing budget and contractors (prior project management skills an advantage).
  • Working with support from technical, monitoring, partnership, and science advisors

Your mahi will stretch along the Hoteo and Mahurangi River catchment which will require you to be comfortable working outdoors and at times work alone. This unique opportunity will give you the chance to work closely and manage our relationships with current DOC staff, iwi, community groups, scientists, local council.

An opportunity like this is rare in the department where you will join a tight knit team of River Restoration Rangers based across Aotearoa.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

You will need to be a skilled project manager with a work style that maintains momentum on projects to see deliverables achieved, drawing on your experience in collaborative projects. You are someone who loves to connect technical knowledge to practical on-the-ground restoration initiatives to achieve resilient outcomes.

If you have the following attributes, we are keen to hear from you

  • Collaboration skills – identifying key opportunities, skills and objectives and working with others to achieve. Working with wider team with support from technical, monitoring, partnerships, and science advisors.
  • Communication skills – working with a wide range of teams and communities. Communicating outcomes through reporting, community engagement etc.
  • Leading projects - Reviewing the actions considering monitoring and research and adjusting the programme accordingly. Driving achievement of the actions in the plan through either working in partnership with others or contracting in specific work.
  • Managing Budgets and contractors gathering baseline information to inform the restoration approach (or contracting this out).
  • Experience working with mana whenua and an understanding of Te Ao Maori


Mō te tīma | About the team

The River Restoration Ranger will work alongside the Tamaki Makaurau Mainland district team which is made up of 24 staff varying from Senior Rangers, Supervisors, Permanent Biodiversity Ranger and several fixed term and volunteers. This position will also work closely with Nga Awa project team members, iwi, community groups, the terrestrial team and council. You will be given the opportunity to meet the wider Tamaki Makaurau Operations teams (Marine, Tara Iti, Visitor Heritage, and Community).


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.


Ko ngā hua | What we offer

We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

  • Flexible working options where applicable
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network


Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa.

The salary range for this position is $61,916 to $79,115 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience


Rā katinga | Applications close: 5pm, Monday 22 August, 2022

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Sue O'Malley on 027 258 4863

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/02131


COVID-19 Vaccination requirement – All employees are required to be vaccinated in line with our Vaccination Policy.  New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment. 


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


Visit www.doc.govt.nz to find out more about a career with us.


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