Kaitiaki | Ranger | Motueka

Posted on 02-Aug-2022
Application close date: 16-Aug-2022
Position type:
Job reference:
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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?
  • Come work in what is considered the gateway town to the Able Tasman and Kahurangi National Park.


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

The Kaitiaki, Ranger is a crucial operational role position which forms a close-knit team based in the Motueka. You will be contributing to the meaningful mahi in both back and front-country as you assist the operations team maintain the Kahurangi National Park and Mt Richmond Forest Park.

The position will be focused on:

  • Back-Country maintenance of Heritage and Visitor facilities. Duties will include:
    • Vegetation trimming
    • Chainsaw work
    • Clearing wind throw
    • Spraying
  • Hut, building and structure maintenance
  • Front Country campsite amenity and reserve maintenance. Duties include:
    • Trimming
    • Mowing
    • Ensuring facilities are kept to a high standard
    • Compliance of camp passes
    • Heritage restoration and maintenance projects
    • Involvement with volunteer and community groups on various projects.


This role may involve living and working in remote locations for up to a week at a time with access via helicopter.


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. You will be making a hands-on difference in the landscape of our back and front country facilities as you bring your practical field skills to the team. Ideally, we you will display a high level of fitness and strong enough to undertake a physical job and enjoy working in the field in remote locations.

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

  • Passion for conservation with practical approach to solve problems 
  • Experience in the use of power equipment, specifically chainsaws and scrub bars
  • Carpentry or Construction experience (desirable)  
  • Self-motivated and can work independently and in a team
  • Back country skills and experience
  • Strong health and safety focus 
  • Tech savvy, particularly using GPS and a range of mobile phone apps
  • A current full driving license 


Mō te tīma | About the team

The Operations Team in the Motueka District is a large team with a mixture of both permanent, fixed term and casual staff. The development of the work programme is undertaken by Senior Rangers who are complemented by our supervisors which schedule and organise the teams.  The District Team is also supported by temporary, seasonal, contractors and volunteers' staff throughout the year, assisting the team to achieve conservation outcomes in the Motueka district.


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

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above.

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 at 5 pm on Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Phillip Brooks on 027 405 4228 or email pbrooks@doc.govt.nz.

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/06532


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.

Visit www.doc.govt.nz to find out more about a career with us.

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