Ranger, Biodiversity, (Temporary), (2), Operations, Raoul Island | Raoul Island

Posted on 02-Nov-2018
Application close date: 19-Nov-2018
Raoul Island
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

These are 2 fixed term roles for 15 months. 

Please note that there is 2x Ranger, Biodiversity roles for 15 months duration and 4x Ranger roles for 8 months in duration on Raoul Island. If you are applying for more than one role, please advise us.


This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a team working in one of New Zealand's most isolated environments for 12 months. Rangitāhua/Raoul Island is a unique landscape and is recognised both nationally and internationally for its diversity of ecosystems. 


Rangitāhua is highly regarded by our Treaty Partners, Ngāti Kuri and Te Aupōuri. They are intrinsically connected to the lands and waters that surround these islands and have a vital role as kaitiaki that supports the conservation efforts on the island.


The main focus of the role is undertaking weed control in a challenging environment but includes maintenance of the island's infrastructure and track networks, biosecurity and undertaking work on behalf of the Meteorological Service and Geological Nuclear Sciences (GNS).   


There are 6 roles (of which 2 are being advertised); each with defined set of responsibilities including; Team Leader, Contracts Manager, Biodiversity Leader, Safety Advocate and Inventory Manager. Following interviews, a shortlisted group will be taken on a week-long shakedown in a remote area from which the final team selection and positions will be made. The Shakedown is a process to test the compatibility of applicants to work together as a team and not an endurance test.


You will have Health and Safety at the forefront of your everyday tasks, a proven, back country experience, high level of fitness required in rugged terrain, experience of being in an isolated situation, ability to get on with others, team work, high a passion for the work, first aid and the ability to identify risk and manage this accordingly.


There are other skills that must be resident in the team that are often spread across several individuals; leadership, health and safety, biodiversity knowledge, plant identification, use and maintenance of tools and equipment (scrub bar's, chainsaws, LUV, tractors), abseiling, use of herbicides, water safety and mechanics are a few.


Two successful applicants will receive up to 6 weeks training prior to deploying for 12 months on 11th March 2019.  The following is a guide of the shakedown and training schedule (subject to change):

  • 3rd December – up to a weeklong shakedown at a remote location.
  • 10th December – offers of employment are made to successful candidates
  • 7th January – 28th February – 6-week training
  • 11th March – deployed to Raoul Island


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


Due to the nature ofthis position, the employee will be required to complete a drug test, pre-employment health questionnaire and undertake a medical examination. It may also be a requirement, with the employees' consent, that his/her health be monitored in relation to hazard or hazards encountered on the job.


For more information, please contact Matiu Mataira, mmataira@doc.govt.nz, or Tamra Gibson, tgibson@doc.govt.nz 


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 19 November 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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