Kaitiaki | Ranger | Picton

Posted on 17-Jun-2022
Application close date: 08-Jul-2022
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Job Specification

  • Are you someone who loves the outdoors and has lots of practical skills?
  • Are you passionate about managing our huts, tracks and heritage assets for all to enjoy?
  • We have two Ranger vacancies available in the Marlborough Sounds district. One Ranger position will be based in Havelock whilst the other in Picton.


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 roles

Two permanent Ranger positions become available based in Picton and Havelock. Please state your preference in location in you Cover Letter.

As a ranger you play a key part in the management of visitor facilities and heritage assets in the Sounds district. The two roles will be similar in nature though you will partake in different heritage and visitor activities across the motu.

400/06152 (Picton)

The Ranger position will be based in Picton, where you'll play a crucial part in maintaining some of the New Zealand's most popular walks throughout the Totaranui/Queen Charlotte & Tory Channel. Across the motu you will be responsible for the preservation of significant heritage sites including Meretoto/Ship Cove, Oruawairua/Blumine Island WWII gun emplacements and Perano whaling station. This position is diverse where you'll get the opportunity to work alongside the wider biodiversity and community team when required.

400/06155 (Havelock)

Based in Havelock, you will be responsible for the maintenance of visitor facilities stretching from the wider Pelorus Sound through to parts of the Mt Richmond Forest. This position will require you to achieve conservations outcomes set out by the Heritage and Visitor team including hut and track maintenance, the upkeep of campsites only accessible via boat/helicopter. Your work will also stretch from Rangitoto ki te Tonga/Durville Island, which is also located in your rohe, along with occasional visits to Te Pakeka/Maud and Takapourewa/Stephens Islands.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

You will have a positive, 'can do' attitude, be a total team player and enjoy working in the outdoors, making a hands-on difference in the landscape of our back and front country facilities. You will have practical field skills and be fit and strong enough to undertake a physical job and enjoy working in the field.

We want to hear from you if you have the following skills:

  • a love of the outdoors and a strong practical approach to problems 
  • be self-motivated and operate well in a team environment and be able to work with small teams in the backcountry, sometimes up to five days away from home
  • high level of physical fitness and demonstrated back country skills and experience
  • excellent relationship building and collaboration skills and a proven ability to work with a range of stakeholders including community, iwi and business groups
  • strong health and safety focus 
  • tracks, campsite and hut maintenance skills
  • tech savvy, particularly using mobile phones and a range of apps
  • a current full NZ driver's license and a first aid certificate.


  • boating experience – outline any maritime qualifications and hours at sea as crew/skipper
  • carpentry or construction experience
  • experience in the use of power equipment, specifically chainsaws and scrub bars 
  • firefighting experience.

At times you will be expected to be available for conservation emergency work during weekends and outside of normal hours when required.


Mō te tīma | About the team

The Sounds team is made up of 20 permanent staff members working across Heritage and Visitor, Biodiversity and Community teams. The number of staff does fluctuate to meet the demand of the district over certain periods through-out the year increasing with seasonal, casual and fixed term roles.

The Sounds Heritage and Visitor team is made up of 9 permanent staff, with 3 permanent staff members based out of Havelock, and 6 permanent staff based out of Picton.


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

To apply, submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) that describes your motivation and that highlights your relevant skills, experience, and personal qualities in line with the above requirements. Please include which job location you wish to apply for using the appropriate Job Reference number.

The salary range for this position is $47,320 to $59,978 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience. 


Rā katinga | Applications close: Friday, 8 July 2022 at 5 pm.

Me he pātai anō | For further enquiries please contact Leanne Flynn, Supervisor Heritage & Visitors, on 027 202 8958.

Taupānga | Job Reference: 400/06152 (Picton) or 400/06155 (Havelock)


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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