Ranger | Rangitoto Island

Posted on 11-May-2022
Application close date: 24-May-2022
Rangitoto Island
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Job Specification

This is an amazing opportunity for an enthusiastic person that would like to live on an island and contribute towards one of the most iconic restoration sites in New Zealand.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

The role is varied and covers the different components of departmental work (recreation, historic, biodiversity and community engagement). You will need to be a self-motivated person that can operate well both in an isolated environment and as part of a team.

Successful implementation of your work programme will depend upon your ability to establish and sustain strong relationships with external and internal stakeholders. You will work in true partnership with local iwi/hapū/whanau.

Your duties and work areas are as follows:

  • Animal and plant pest control programmes.
  • Island biosecurity (quarantine, surveillance, audit and contingencies).
  • The day-to-day collaboration with staff and supervision of contractors and volunteers.
  • Island biosecurity (quarantine, surveillance, and incursion).
  • The management of visitor management which may include illegal landings.
  • Volunteer group coordination and management.
  • Iwi, community, volunteer's groups engagement and support.
  • Island infrastructure and recreational facility management and maintenance.
  • Wildlife monitoring.
  • Management and maintenance of Historic sites.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

This appointment requires an individual with excellent interpersonal skills and a natural ability to form enduring relationships. You will be comfortable working in partnership with a broad range of internal staff, including the Compliance and Marine Ecosystem Teams, and external stakeholders.

We are looking for a responsible and reliable team player who is willing to work flexibly to get the job done. The ideal candidate has the following skills and attributes:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Can collegially work with Iwi, community groups and volunteers.
  • A reasonable level of physical fitness.
  • Experience using a tractor with rear mounted implements.
  • Ability to adhere to strict Health, Safety and Well-being systems.
  • A practical background in general infrastructure maintenance.
  • Ability to navigate a wide variety of computer software programmes for example Microsoft programmes -Word, Excel and Outlook.


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 flexible working options, the ability to sometimes work from home or slightly adjust regular business hours as long as the work gets done.

There is an outstanding opportunity for you to work and live on Rangitoto/Motutapu to upskill and increase your exposure to a wonderful and diverse island environment.

Excellent training opportunities. If successful, part of your welcoming into the organisation will include an invitation to attend our exciting nationwide induction and ongoing training programs to learn more about the department and make valuable connections with new colleagues throughout the country.

As DOC has a strong focus on Health and Safety, this role will also be responsible for leading a safety-first culture across all work sites.

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

Working on an offshore island is not for everyone!  Here's some of the things you should know before you apply:

  • The role is based on Rangitoto/Motutapu islands.  Commuting is not an option.
  • Accommodation is available for rent.  There is a room in one of the departments Lockwood houses, this house is shared with another island Ranger. There is also a room in the bunkhouse Hukunui. Rent is charged at a minimal rate as it there is no room for family to live.  Gas and power are currently not charged. 
  • Connectivity: A phone and laptop is provided.  Mobile reception varies across the island.  Internet and wifi is sound at the DOC office, but is not provided at the house.
  • Pets:  No pets are allowed on the islands as we are mammal and predator free.
  • There are no shops of any kind on the islands, food etc needs to be brought across on the ferry or the DOC boat Taikehu. Larger items can be transported by the DOC boat Hauturu on its 3 weekly delivery cycle. 
  • Getting here and away: The DOC boat Taikehu runs most Mondays and Fridays am and pm at no cost, the ferry is also available for travel (DOC will organise a Green Card for work use only). It is expected that you will stay on island during your rostered shift.


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.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the above requirements.

For any queries, please contact Deborah Reidt at dreidt@doc.govt.nz, or telephone 027 256 0705, quoting vacancy 400/02267.

Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday, 24 May 2022.

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