Ranger, Heritage and Visitors | Fox Glacier

Posted on 05-May-2022
Application close date: 30-May-2022
Fox Glacier
Position type:
Job reference:
  • Would you thrive in an opportunity supporting, coordinating, and managing work projects?
  • Are you loves the outdoors and passionate about Heritage & Visitor assets?
  • Permanent opportunity in Fox Glacier


We have an exciting opportunity for a Ranger, Heritage and Visitors to join our close-knit and passionate team based in Fox Glacier.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As our Ranger, Heritage and Visitors you will be part of the Heritage and Visitor team who are dedicated to undertake hut and track maintenance as well protection and restoration of historic sites. In this role, you will be involved in:

  • Contributing to assigned project work related to Heritage sites and surrounding infrastructure for visitors
  • Maintaining and creating tracks in the back country and front country
  • Maintaining back country huts, bridges, amenities and other structures
  • Work orders, safety audits and updating visitor hazard management systems
  • Construction/ building work when required


While this position is mostly field-based with a focus on the Copland Valley, you will also be required to complete office-based tasks assisting the Supervisor and Senior Ranger with planning and organising of projects. You may be required to spend extended periods of time in the beautiful backcountry, often in remote and rugged terrain. You will often support the team in the field and provide supervision of volunteers and contractors as required. 

The South Westland area encompasses some 800,000 ha of public conservation land. A significant proportion of this is Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area and includes such gems as Okarito (kayak trail, wharf shed and trig walk), Monro Beach (penguin viewing) and the icon sites of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Lake Matheson and Ship Creek.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We are looking for a confident communicator and great team player who has a passion for protecting Aotearoa's natural heritage. We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Hands on and practical skills, ideally with chainsaws and scrub bars as well as carpentry, plumbing and painting experience
  • A high level of physical fitness and experience in the backcountry, particularly in remote and rugged terrain
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with an ability to maintain superb attention to detail and meet deadlines while managing competing demands
  • Ability to learn quickly, computer savvy skills and experience using computer databases and management information systems would be an advantage
  • Strong health and safety focus
  • A full New Zealand Driver's licence
  • The ability to live and work in a small, remote community
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work as a team member, a team leader and alone


Desirable skills and experience:

  • Previous experience in project and contract management as well as an understanding of asset management
  • Experience with 4WDs and around helicopters
  • Experience using GIS and creating maps


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

There are a range of Departmental accommodation options in Fox Glacier.

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

Salary Range $53,776 up to $68,714. Starting salary of the successful candidate will be based on their relevant skills and experience.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement: From 4 May 2022 our Vaccination Policy, requiring all employees to be vaccinated, has been suspended but may be reinstated in the future if the COVID-19 situation changes. Positions that are identified as high risk will still have a requirement for appointees to be vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing for these positions will be required and applicants will be notified during the recruitment process if this condition will apply.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. 

For any enquiry, please contact Ian Singleton on 027 544 0885 or at isingleton@doc.govt.nz

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 30th May 2022

Department of Conservation/ 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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