Supervisor, Search and Rescue, Recreation/Historic, Operations Group, Aoraki/Mt Cook | Aoraki Mt Cook

Posted on 13-May-2019
Application close date: 27-May-2019
Aoraki Mt Cook
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Are you someone who loves the mountains, has lots of practical skills and enjoys leading and working with people? If yes, then this is the job for you.


We have a supervisor vacancy for a mountaineering and recreation professional with an interest in alpine rescue to lead our ranger team in Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park.


This position is a permanent position subject to performance conditions.  There will be a performance review at the end of each season to ensure competency is being maintained to the requirements of the SAR competency system. This competency needs to be achieved to maintain your employment. This is a unique work environment and requires a high level of fitness and capability to be maintained.  The yearly assessment is required due to the high-risk nature of SAR work and the need to ensure competency is achieved and maintained to address health and safety requirements.


A significant part of the role will be supervision of staff, and management of the recreation and search and rescue programmes, including:

  • Supervision of the team to ensure effective integrated delivery of conservation work
  • Manage the search and rescue training program and maintenance of competencies
  • Contribute to the strong safety-first environment
  • Planning and scheduling of work
  • Manage the duty officer roster system
  • Undertake fire control and be a member of the Aoraki FENZ Fire brigade


As a Department of Conservation Supervisor, based in Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park, you will be involved in leadership of the two alpine rescue teams responsible for undertaking search and rescue operations on a rostered basis. 


We are looking for a responsible and reliable team player, who is not afraid of hard work, and has the following skills:

  • Personal foundation skills – climbing competency to a high skill level with demonstrated experience and currency.  Attestation based on current climbing logbook and verification
  • Alpine terrain skills must include:
    • NZMSC Avalanche 2 (or equivalent)
    • NZMGA Guiding qualification (Summer/Winter 1)
    • Capable of alpine grade 3 (minimum)
    • Capable of rock grade 16 on traditional gear (minimum)
    • Pre-Hospital Emergency care (or equivalent) qualification
  • Good communication skills and an ability to get on and motivate people
  • Valid Driver's Licence
  • Experience in work planning and supervision/leading staff
  • Experience/knowledge of working with helicopters, 4WD vehicles and other field-based equipment


Desirable qualifications include:

  • Rescue and /or full guiding qualifications – e.g. IFMGA
  • Tertiary relevant qualification
  • Advanced First Aid/medical qualifications


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

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


For more information please contact David Dittmer,, or mobile 027 542 8890 quoting vacancy 400/ 7570


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 27 May 2019.

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

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