Ranger, Biodiversity | Whakatane

Posted on 02-May-2022
Application close date: 22-May-2022
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Job Specification

  • Are you experienced in pest plant and animal control operations?
  • Are you passionate about biodiversity?
  • Is your ahua aligned with protecting and preserving te taiao? 


Our united purpose is Papatūānuku Thrives. Our people live, breathe and feel connected to our kaupapa everyday.

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.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

We are seeking a positive and self-motivated person to join our team as a Ranger, focused on Biodiversity work (weeds, animal pests, Monitoring etc) based in either Whakatane or Murupara on a permanent basis.

In this role, you will be a member of the team where you will be undertaking small mammal predator control, undulate control, Biodiversity monitoring and weed control operations.

You will play a role in maintaining relationships and partnering with key stakeholders such as public agencies, landowners, iwi, hapu, whanau and the wider community.

This role will also require you to provide leadership in the field and excellent communication with the Senior ranger and Supervisor.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Excellent communication and leadership skills
  • Qualification in either Conservation, Ecology or Biology desirable but not essential
  • experience leading projects or programmes, including planning, implementation, delivery within budget and timeframes, and reporting
  • Proven relationship building and contract management experience
  • Backcountry experience, high level of physical fitness and competence in rugged and remote terrain
  • Proven high level experience with Microsoft Office suite, GIS and other systems
  • Experience with weed and pest animal management, including tools and approaches such as weed spraying and pest trapping
  • Outstanding planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail and commitment to achieving team objectives
  • A strong commitment to exceptional health and safety work practices and able to promote this culture among colleagues
  • Current full Class 1 driver's license
  • Firearms Licence


Ideally, but not essential, you may also have:

  • Current first aid certificate
  • Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) qualifications and experience
  • Growsafe and Approved Handler Agrichemicals Certificate
  • Controlled Substances Licence (Pesticides) Certificate
  • Previous experience engaging and working in partnership with iwi and tangata whenua, as well as an understanding of the implications of te Tiriti o te Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) on today's society and conservation


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

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment, with the chance to assist other teams in the district in biodiversity asset, community based or recreational work. We all share a common goal of a biodiverse and healthy Whakatane District environment that can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

Excellent development opportunities across the Bay of Plenty Region and beyond. We also offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context. 


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.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description. 

For any queries, please contact Marie Manley on mmanley@doc.govt.nz or telephone 027 578 2714, quoting vacancy 400/04359.

The salary range for this position starts from $53,776 up to $68,714 based on demonstrable skills and experience. 

Applications close at 5 pm on Sunday, 22 May 2022.

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

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