Kaitiaki, Kanorau Koiora | Ranger, Biodiversity | Glenorchy

Posted on 16-Jun-2022
Application close date: 30-Jun-2022
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Job Specification

  • Are you passionate and experienced in the delivery of, trapping, predator control, working with wildlife?
  • Do you want to be in a diverse role where you'll be involved in delivering conservation outcomes throughout popular NZ Great Walks?
  • We have a full-time permanent vacancy for a Ranger, Biodiversity based in Glenorchy that is just the role for you!



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, Kanorau Koiora | Ranger, Biodiversity role is a diverse and rewarding role where you will be part of a tight knit team delivering on biodiversity programmes throughout the Wakatipu region. You're work will stretch across some of New Zealand's most popular backcountry tracks such the Routeburn, ReesDart and Greenstone and Caples.

You will be team leading in some areas of the work program,  coordinating contractors and other groups to deliver on a variety of conservation projects from trapping, tracking tunnels, species management and protecting taonga species. You will also be involved in administrative work involving fauna/flora reporting, budgeting and commitment register tasks which will require you to be tech savvy.

As a Ranger, Biodiversity your field duties may include.

  • Track maintenance
  • Travel to remote locations via helicopter
  • Predator control
  • Trapping/bait station maintenance
  • Backcountry navigation
  • Fauna/Flora identification
  • Bird Counts (monitoring and banding)


This position requires you to have the ability to not only work in a team but also be dependant to work on your own.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

To be successful in this role, you will have a strong background or interest in conservation, have a good knowledge of biodiversity work programmes, predator control and be passionate about making a difference for conservation in the Wakatipu district!

We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Experience with predator control, trapping, tracking tunnels and species monitoring.
  • Excellent teamwork skills.
  • Experience in budget management
  • Ability to use and interpret GIS information mapping software and maintain databases.
  • Good knowledge using desktop and hand-held computing devices and apps, including Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • A strong commitment to health and safety work practices and able to promote this culture among colleagues.
  • Good level of fitness and comfortable working in remote backcountry

Desirable skills, experience and qualifications:

  • Current NZ Firearms Licence
  • Experience travelling via helicopter
  • Good knowledge of the local Glenorchy/Wakatipu area
  • Current first aid certificate


Mō te tīma | About the team

The Kaitiaki, Kanorau Koiora | Ranger, Biodiversity will form part of a very tight knit Biodiversity team in Glenorchy where you compliment and work together across the Wakatipu region. You will report to the Supervisor, work alongside 3 permanent Biodiversity Rangers and work with the Senior Ranger Biodiversity to deliver on Biodiversity work plans set out from the unit.


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:

  • Free accommodation and access to DOC's great walks across Aotearoa
  • 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 $68,714 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.


Rā katinga | Applications close: 5pm, Thursday 30 June

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Will Newbold on 027 267 0355

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/09231

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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