Ranger Biodiversity | Masterton

Posted on 10-Jan-2022
Application close date: 24-Jan-2022
Position type:
Job reference:
  • Passionate about conservation? Want to make a difference in protecting Aotearoa's natural environment?
  • Full-time permanent Ranger position based at our Wairarapa District office
  • A current full drivers license is essential


Toitū te marae a Tāne-mahuta, 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

Our Wairarapa Operations team are now recruiting for a Ranger, Biodiversity to join our waka and contribute to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.  With a number of work programmes across the district the work is varied., you would be responsible for overseeing contract management, planning and reporting duties, as well as field-based delivery of animal and pest plant control, such as trap servicing, weed spraying and other biodiversity related tasks.

Building and enhancing relationships is key to the success in this mahi, not only with your colleagues within Te Papa Atawhai but with iwi, hapu and whānau, landowners, contractors, volunteer groups and other members of the community.

Te Papa Atawhai's Operations groups place high value on teamwork and cross-collaboration, meaning you'll also have regular opportunities to contribute to and support the work and innovation of other teams delivering Community, and Heritage and Visitors projects and workstreams.


He kōrero mōu | What we are looking for

We're calling for a mix of skills and qualities for success in this role which will have a strong focus on pest plant control.  You will enjoy working outdoors on the whenua and in the office, knowing that the outcomes are not instant, but being rewarded with changes to the environment around you over time. You'll also have strong safety awareness and a willingness to contribute to a safety-first work environment and positive safety culture.  

Good planning and organising skills are a must, enabling you to efficiently plan and deliver work for yourself and others, whether this is through volunteers, contractors or with other Te Papa Atawhai staff. Confidence and capability in computer-based and administrative tasks, to undertake things like application and contract writing, is key. Above all, well-developed communication, engagement and relationship management skills, coupled with a strong willingness to engage with or upskill in Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori, will round off your profile!

Please note: Rangers can expect to spend approximately 70-80% of their time-based in the office. Fieldwork is a transforming space, where DOC's role is often about supporting others to upskill and undertake the task.

Ideally, you will also have some of the following.  If not, our team are committed to offering training and upskilling in these areas:

  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Current Growsafe Certificate
  • Current Registered Chemical Applicators Certificate
  • Off-track navigation and GPS skills
  • Experience in native and pest plant identification
  • Experience in the use of all Microsoft office programmes
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the delivery of pest plant controls.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the use of GIS systems
  • Knowledge and/or experience in managing contractors


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

You'll get respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth. We foster a sense of belonging, meaning and engagement with our staff. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us.

We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to support our Kaupapa and contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.


Keen to apply?

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

If you're motivated by this opportunity, then we want to hear from you! Apply online and upload your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) outlining your motivation for this role and highlighting your relevant skills, expertise and personal qualities.

For any role queries or further information please contact Briggs Pilkington on bpilkington@doc.govt.nz or 027 405 1047, quoting vacancy 400/05434.

Applications close at 5 pm Monday 24 January 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. 

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement - All Employees are required to be vaccinated in line with our Vaccination Policy. New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment.


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