Kaitiaki, Āo Hāpori |Ranger, Community | Whanganui

Posted on 15-Jun-2022
Application close date: 29-Jun-2022
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Job Specification

  • Do you have a passion for our environment and the ability to be innovative in the way we deliver conservation with others?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to work with communities to make Papatuanuku thrive?



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 a Kaitiaki, Āo Hāpori Ranger, Community you will be joining our dedicated team to carrying out critical conservation work programmes throughout the Whanganui District.  Your role will be diverse and involves working with others on a variety of conservation projects.

Our Community Team maintain positive working relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi as treaty partners and a wide range of stakeholders; and lobby to protect conservation values through providing statutory advice, such as concessions to decision makers.

The position will be focussed on:

  • Provide high quality analysis and reporting advice in relation to permissions for activities such as guiding, aircraft landings, sporting events, wildlife research as well as back up support for RMA applications and statutory land management issues
  • Contribute to the delivery of high-quality engagement and education initiatives in our communities; and manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Consult with our Treaty Partners (multiple iwi entities) on permissions and other aspects of our work
  • Support and work directly with local conservation groups
  • Provide media and communications support


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

Our Kaitiaki, Ao Hāpori work closely with our partners, community groups and public to educate and support the next generation of Kaitiaki. You will be a confident public speaker with energy and enthusiasm that draws people in.

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

  • Experience in working with statutory authorities, community groups, iwi or business groups, which demonstrates an ability to think critically and remove complexity without losing context/content
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including a proven ability to write accurate, clear and concise reports
  • A ‘can do' attitude and proven excellent organisational skills, including the ability to balance competing demands, meet deadlines and have a problem-solving approach
  • A track record for working well both independently and as part of a team
  • Current full driving licence
  • Is comfortable and effective with engaging and working in partnership with iwi and tangata whenua and demonstrates an understanding of the Treaty on today's society and conservation
  • Knowledge and experience in working with community groups and a range of public and private sector entities
  • Proven negotiating and influencing skills
  • Passion to involve others in conservation


  • Good understanding of te reo is highly desirable


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 highly value new energy and fresh perspectives brought into our rohe. We are a fun, hardworking team that focus on whakawhanaungatanga and manaakitanga. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement and provide your existing expertise to the District. In return you will, get to know the Whanganui Region ‘like the back of your hand' and build great relationships and local conservation knowledge.

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 $53,776 to $68,71 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.


Rā katinga | Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday 29 June 2022

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

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/04752


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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