Ranger, Biodiversity Monitoring, Operations, Palmerston North | Palmerston North

Posted on 01-Oct-2018
Application close date: 22-Oct-2018
Palmerston North
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If you have specialist monitoring skills and enjoy working in the backcountry, regularly visiting new locations then this may be the role for you!


Applications are open for a Biodiversity Monitoring Ranger vacancy based in Palmerston North.   This is a full-time position, working 40 hours per week.  


You will provide specialist skills and advice for the operational delivery of the national tiered biodiversity monitoring programme.  This will entail both providing office-based advice when requested, and a significant allocation of fieldwork to collect biodiversity monitoring data from a wide range of sites and projects.  You will be part of a national team and may have responsibilities that extend beyond the location where you reside.


We are looking for enthusiastic Rangers with the following skills/experience:

  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience supervising and leading a team in the field
  • Excellent planning, organisation skills and attention to detail
  • Computer skills with confidence in Excel and Word
  • Proven ability operating in the backcountry, and getting on well with others in a small team
  • Physically fit and able to carry a full pack for three hours off track
  • A range of monitoring experience
  • Able to regularly spend long periods of time (up to 2 weeks) away from home
  • Current full New Zealand Drivers Licence is desirable


Specialist skills and experience within two or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Data management and reporting skills
  • Contract and/or project management skills
  • Experience leading teams in field programmes.
  • Extensive experience in 20 x 20 plots,
  • Plant identification,
  • Bird identification, preferably 5-minute bird counts
  • Animal pest monitoring, preferably ungulate pellet counts and possum monitoring


Put simply, these are specialist technical monitoring roles that spend a large proportion of time in the field visiting many different sites. A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience and achievements in science or natural heritage management are desirable.


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


For any queries, please contact Mike Perry, mperry@doc.govt.nz, VPN 6971 or telephone (06) 350 6221, quoting vacancy number 400/9473


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 22 October 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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