Kaitiaki, Āo Hāpori | Ranger, Community (Statutory) | Queenstown

Posted on 13-May-2022
Application close date: 29-May-2022
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Job Specification

  • Your opportunity to contribute to conservation outcomes in the Ranger Community role focused on statutory processing for the Whakatipu-wai-Māori district.
  • If you have good transferable skills this could be the role for you!
  • Come work, play, and make your mark in Aotearoa's “adventure playground”


The Community Team lobby to protect conservation values by providing statutory advice to decision makers on applications for activities such as permissions, concessions and applications under the Resource Management Act and the Crown Pastoral Land Act. 

You will engage with iwi/hapu/whanau, and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships with businesses, trusts, councils, community groups to support them on the delivery of conservation outcomes. 


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

This Community Ranger role has the focus on the statutory elements of community work.

You'll be part of an energetic and hard-working team of seven, supporting and delivering statutory work and building/maintaining community relationships. You will be unpicking legislation and researching the conservation values of a piece of conservation land.  Or, looking at a piece of land in ARCGIS, analysing an application, or working with colleagues across the region on larger scale applications.  You'll always be considering iwi views and often gathering iwi advice on applications.  

In this role you will:

  • Process permit applications for activities such as disturbing wildlife, filming, aircraft activity, grazing and easements.
  • Provide high quality input on Resource Management and Crown Pastoral Land Act processes, including describing affected conservation values and recommending outcomes to avoid/minimise the effects on these values.
  • Monitor commercial or private activity on public conservation land.
  • Provide field support for statutory land management functions
  • Provide administrative, liaison and advocacy support to projects that seek to achieve more conservation through greater involvement of iwi, business and the wider community.
  • Liaise with team members through the Department to understand and incorporate their expertise and support the Operations Manager to fulfil their role as Decision Maker for these processes.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

With your interest in conservation in our region and understanding of the Whakatipu-wai-Māori district, you will have the ability to make decisions and prioritise work.  You will hold multiple pieces of work at one time,  juggling competing statutory deadlines and grasping, understanding, and working within prescribed processes.

You will have a proven ability to think critically, removing the complexity without losing the context/content and to interpret and apply legislation, policy or management documents to a given situation.  With your ability to write clearly and concisely using plain English you will be able to provide context, critical analysis and logical conclusion and recommendations for decision makers. 

With your positive, enthusiastic personality you will enjoy engaging with the community and building relationships with volunteer groups, iwi/hapu/whanau and businesses to achieve good outcomes for conservation.  You will be happy getting out of the office occasionally to engage with external stakeholders, participate in meetings and undertake site visits. 


Mō te tīma | About the team

As part of the Whakatipu Operations team, you will join a tight knit team, who genuinely enjoy working with each, are passionate about the work they do and believe they have a special backyard with what the Whakatipu-wai-Māori district offers. 

Queenstown has an adventurous spirit, and as a place to live it's also a great backdrop to a calm and relaxed lifestyle surrounded by mountains, lakes and easy access to diverse recreation activities with a multitude of walks and biking trails, six premier golf courses, river or lake fishing and in the winter heading up the mountains to ski, snowboard at your leisure  There are great opportunities for social, cultural, and sporting involvement and excellent education facilities for young families.


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.

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 at 5 pm on Sunday, 29 May 2022.

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries: Please contact Debbie Fahey, Senior Recruitment Advisor, on 027 286 2746 or email dfahey@doc.govt.nz.

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/09245


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.

Should you be the successful applicant for this position, you will be required to undertake a Children's Worker Safety Check before you can start the role. This safety check includes NZ Police Vetting and other background checks as deemed necessary as per the Children's Act 2014.

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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