Living Water Partnership Role, Operations Group, Whangarei | Whangarei

Posted on 03-Aug-2018
Application close date: 20-Aug-2018
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Are you someone who wants to drive and influence change in the environmental performance of dairy farming? Are you passionate about making a difference for New Zealand's conservation?


The Northland area is an outdoor paradise with white sandy beaches, stunning kauri forests, friendly people and wonderful summers. Whangarei is a great base for Northland. Housing is well priced with all the commercial support that a small city requires. We have a thriving community who are very supportive of our work.


We are looking for a Senior Ranger, (Biodiversity) for the Northern North Island:  you will be the Site Lead for the Living Water programme in the Wairua River Catchment located within the Whangarei District.    The Wairua River Catchment is part of the extensive Kaipara Harbour catchment.


Living Water is a partnership between Fonterra and the Department of Conservation, creating transformational change in how wetlands and freshwater values are protected within the dairying sector.


This is the perfect role for a skilled project manager with a background in ecology, who is experienced in collaborative projects in rural areas and loves to share their skills and knowledge with others.


As the Site Lead, you will have defined leadership responsibilities including planning and authorising technical work programmes for:

  • freshwater ecology;
  • ecosystem restoration;
  • animal and plant pest control programmes;
  • monitoring and evaluation


This role is about connecting people and working in partnership, so the successful applicant will have proven relationship management experience in rural communities and with iwi/ hapu/whanau.


You will also have:

  • proven project management experience
  • a natural heritage or conservation management qualification
  • specialist experience and/or qualifications in freshwater ecology and ecosystem restoration
  • The ability to take the initiative and work unsupervised
  • Skilled at coaching, training and supporting staff and the acquisition of technical knowledge


Please apply online.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role  description.


For more information please contact Louisa Gritt at, or phone 027 615 9318, quoting vacancy 400/1426. For more information on the Living Water partnership go to  


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 20 August 2018.


DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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