Ranger Project Lead Heritage and Visitors | Pureora

Posted on 23-Jun-2022
Application close date: 10-Jul-2022
Operational Planning
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Job reference:
  • Are you passionate about the outdoors, New Zealand conservation and the provision of high-quality visitor experiences and conservation land management?
  • Do you enjoy leading and supporting teams to complete quality work?
  • Do you want to make a difference to the top two-day adventure Great Ride in NZ? If so, then this could be the job for you.



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 Timber Trail is 84kms of fantastic Grade 3 riding encompassing a rich fabric of conservation, biodiversity, geology and cultural history and stories.  Our role is to ensure that the trail experience on the ground delivers to the standards and expectations of over 20,000 trampers and riders each year.

As the Ranger/Project Lead you will be working with the great team within DOC partnering with Iwi and our supporting teams including the Timber Trail Champion, operators and local volunteer groups.  The Timber Trail connects kiwis and other visitors to our special place that is Pureora.  A love of Pureora, off road cycling and connecting with our long term strategy will make this an amazing opportunity for you to flourish.

Responsibilities include:

  • Daily supervision of staff, contractors and volunteers,
  • Working alongside the Senior Ranger and Supervisor with weekly work planning,
  • Ensuring a strong focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, contractors and visitors is present in planning and monitoring the work,
  • Facilities maintenance and site restoration across an extensive network of Department owned assets.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, and proven ability to deliver successfully in collaboration with tangata whenua and a range of partners.

You will be required at times to stay away overnight and work outside normal hours. 


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

You will be a team player with great communication and organisation skills and the proven supervision experience to work alongside Te Papa Atawhai staff, our community, iwi and stakeholders. 

You will have.

  • Great people management and proven supervisory skills or experience in leading a team
  • Experience in recreational and historic land management or asset management
  • A strong knowledge base in conservation
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Proficiency in computer use, data entry and analysis
  • A strong commitment to safety and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Physical fitness and an ability to work outdoors in a range of conditions 
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field is desirable but not essential 


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 at 5 pm on Sunday 10 July 2022

Me he pātai anō | For further enquiries, contact Marie Manley, Recruitment Advisor at mmanley@doc.govt.nz

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/03448


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.


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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