Ranger | Palmerston North

Posted on 16-Jun-2022
Application close date: 03-Jul-2022
Palmerston North
Position type:
Job reference:
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Job Specification

  • Have you ever thought about being a Ranger?
  • Does working across some of Aotearoas most beautiful landscapes interest you?
  • We are looking for a motivated individual to join our Palmerston North Operations team.


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 Ranger you will be a part of our close-knit, Heritage and Visitors team doing some fabulous mahi to preserve our fantastic country. The team manage 56 huts, hundreds of kilometers of tracks and numerous assets within the Manawatu District and Ruahine Forest Park.

You will be based in the Heritage and Visitor team however as a generalist ranger, you have the advantage of contributing to multiple areas of work programmes where no two days are the same. One day you can be cutting and clearing tracks and the next you could be carrying out work in Animal pest control with our Biodiversity team.

This is an exciting opportunity to join and be part of a motivated team working towards our joint Kaupapa, Papatūānuku Thrives.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

You'll be a practically minded individual who enjoys a variety of work; we're looking for an all -rounder who can work collaboratively with others and is passionate about conservation in our community.

Key skills and experience

  • Experience working with community groups
  • Carpentry/Construction Skills
  • Experience in managing small scale construction projects
  • Contractor Management skills
  • Class 1 or above license with ability to drive a manual
  • Chainsaw skills and qualifications
  • Drive to seek information and learn new systems

If you don't tick all the requirements above but still feel that your skills and experience would be a reasonably strong fit for the role, we would love to hear from you.  


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

Along with the chance to work for New Zealand's second most attractive employer, we also offer:

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


 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 $47,320 up to $59,978 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 3 July 2022

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

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/05344

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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