Senior Ranger Biodiversity (Fixed Term) | Great Barrier Island

Posted on 11-May-2022
Application close date: 25-May-2022
Great Barrier Island
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

The Aotea District is seeking a highly motivated, passionate, and experienced person to join their Biodiversity team in a Senior Ranger role for a 14-month Fixed-Term contract.  This role covers a maternity leave vacancy.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

The Senior Ranger Biodiversity is a unique and exciting role that forms part of the District Leadership team. You are responsible for the strategic planning and prioritisation of the Biodiversity business plan and work programme. You will also work with iwi and local conservation groups, and actively engage with the wider community.

Key responsibilities will involve:

  • Working with iwi, hapu and whanau.
  • planning threatened species (animal and plants), and pest control programmes. Knowledge/experience of running biodiversity programmes is highly desirable.
  • managing budgets and reporting on work achieved is a key focus of this role.
  • responding to public enquiries and providing advice to community groups.
  • an ability to work efficiently and effectively within a small team environment.
  • coordinating the biodiversity aspects of kauri protection.
  • providing technical advice on permission applications, assessment of ecological effects reports and resource consent applications, as required.
  • undertaking field tasks such as offshore island monitoring programmes, helicopter operations and other activities, as required.
  • Opportunities for public speaking and networking.
  • Providing advice to the Jobs for Nature projects on island.


Having good relationship skills, being able to communicate effectively and build successful relationships with our project partners, communities, contractors, community volunteers, stakeholders and iwi, hapū and whanau will enable the district to sustain and grow conservation in the district.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We are looking for a positive, outgoing personality; someone who enjoys working in a close-knit team and operates collaboratively. Your ability to think strategically and plan operationally will contribute to the successful planning and scheduling of work programmes. You will have experience and skills in operational field delivery in conservation management including, meeting Health and Safety requirements, planning, finance management, communication, contract management and data management. You will be confident interacting with a diverse range of people and will be experienced working with local communities, iwi, hapū and whanau. You will have a natural ability to switch between tasks effortlessly, remain focused and work well under pressure.

Key skills:

  • Strong communicator with the ability to interpret, explain and convey complex information and write concise reports.
  • Strong experience with working collaboratively, bridging internal and external relationships.
  • Good technical pest and species knowledge.
  • Good project management skills.
  • Self-aware and agile to adapt as the role requirements and project directions evolve.
  • Proven computer skills particularly in Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams.
  • Strong health, safety and wellbeing focus.
  • A current full driver's licence.


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

The Aotea District's home office is in Okiwi on the beautiful motu, Great Barrier Island.  The successful applicant would be based in the Aotea Office, with flexible work options available as part of our flexible working policy.

Our Operations Manager leads a dynamic biodiversity team who are committed to protecting the special conservation values in the Aotea District. The District includes more than 12,000Ha Conservation Park,and the predator free islands of the Mokohinau island group and Rakitu Island.  Biodiversity work focuses on threatened species including pateke/brown teal and takoketai/black petrel, and the management of significant ecosystems including one of New Zealand's most intact wetlands.

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:

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


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, including the following:

  • The reason why you want the role,
  • What you'll have to offer the role and any relevant experience,

For any queries, please contact Kirsty Prior at, or by telephone 027 5403 820, quoting vacancy 400/02305.

Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday, 25 May 2022.

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

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