Ranger (2) | Tongariro National Park

Posted on 10-Jan-2022
Application close date: 02-Feb-2022
Tongariro National Park
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  • Do you have a passion for conservation and feel inspired by our shared purpose and values? 
  • Does the idea of working across a diverse landscape including mountain and bush environment appeal to you? If so, the beautiful Tongariro District is calling you.


Our Tongariro Operations team is now recruiting for 2 Rangers within our Biodiversity team to join our waka and contribute to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.


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 (DOC) 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 relationship with our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our work.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

The aim for these exciting ranger positions is to be out there doing the mahi. With a focus on a variety of biodiversity tasks such as predator control, weed control, threatened species monitoring, threatened plant management, fencing, and education. You will be a part of a motivated team working over a diverse range of ecosystems, to help preserve our unique ecosystems and protect species such as Whio, Kiwi and a number of threatened plant species within the District

 You will have responsibilities including delivering work programmes relating to:

  • Predator control trapping.
  • Plant pest control.
  • Threatened species management.
  • Ecosystem restoration.

These positions will be based at our Whakapapa office.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

  • Experience and/or qualifications in the practical management of biodiversity.
  • Superb relationship management and collaboration skills with iwi, public, landowners, stakeholders and staff.
  • A commitment to excellence - sets high personal and professional standards.
  • Critical thinking- able to resolve issues in the field.
  • Initiative- Takes action to achieve results beyond what is normally called for.
  • Problem solving – able to resolve issues in the field, develops innovative yet practical ideas.
  • The confidence and ability to work alone off track in the NZ bush using GPS and compass.
  • Proficiency in computer use, data entry and report writing
  • Working knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Good practice in health & safety is essential.
  • Be physically fit, practically minded, have a can-do attitude and is someone who wants to get things done.

A full driver's license is essential, the following is advantageous:

  • Four-wheel driving qualifications and off-road experience
  • Growsafe & Approved Handler certifications
  • Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) qualifications and experience
  • Chainsaw qualifications and experience
  • A current first aid certificate


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What's in it for you?

Aside from being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) we all offer:

  • A supportive and collaborative work environment
  • Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth
  • Excellent employee wellbeing initiatives including the employee assistance program and discounted insurance
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general travel and accommodation discounts
  • Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work


COVID-19 Vaccination requirement - All Employees are required to be vaccinated in line with our Vaccination Policy. New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment.


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

For any queries, please contact Jenny Hayward, jhayward@doc.govt.nz, or telephone 027 378 3566, quoting vacancy 400/04664.  

The salary range for this position starts from $47,320 up to $53,862 based on demonstrable skills and experience


Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 2 February 2022

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

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