Ranger | Fox Glacier

Posted on 14-Jan-2022
Application close date: 31-Jan-2022
Fox Glacier
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Job reference:
  • Are you passionate about achieving weed free South Westland?
  • Do you enjoy working in the great outdoors?  
  • Permanent Ranger position in Fox Glacier


We are seeking a self-motivated individual to join our team as a Ranger, focused on “threats” work (weeds, animal pests etc) based in Fox Glacier on a permanent basis.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As our next Ranger, you will be an integral member of the team that undertakes weed management using multiple techniques including biological controls.  The South Westland weed control programme is large and varied, from Lake Ianthe in the north, to Awarua Point in the South, which you will be instrumental in delivering. This is a key component of the role and will require you to work autonomously and in a team, demonstrating a strong health and safety focus in the field.

You may also assist with conservation law compliance work, negotiate fencing agreement contracts with local landowners, help to manage contracts for aerial weed control and other tasks, and assist with animal pest management projects from time to time. Additionally, you will be responsible for issuing various hunting related permits for conservation land and assist in managing our local Jobs for Nature business partners undertaking weed and pest control tasks.

South Westland is an awesome place to live and work - in amongst some of the most spectacular part of NZ.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will be passionate and enthusiastic about “threats” work and its importance to the conservation of New Zealand's natural flora and fauna.  You will be highly motivated, well organised, have a positive attitude and show initiative towards improving the program of work in the Biodiversity Threats team.   

 We want to hear from you if you have:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to maintain good working relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Outstanding planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail and commitment to achieving team objectives.
  • Backcountry experience, high level of physical fitness and competence in rugged and remote terrain.
  • Technology savvy skills with experience using Microsoft Office suite, GIS and databases.
  • Able to overnight in the field when required and stay away from base.
  • Experience and knowledge of weed and pest animal management including tools and approaches such as weed spraying and pest trapping.
  • Strong health and safety focus
  • Current full Class 1 driver's license, ideally with 4WD and Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) experience


Ideally you will also have:

  • Previous experience engaging and working in partnership with iwi and tangata whenua, as well as an understanding of the implications of te Tiriti o te Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) on today's society and conservation
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Growsafe and Approved Handler Agrichemicals Certificate and Controlled Substances Licence (Pesticides) Certificate


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

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment, with the chance to assist other teams in the district in biodiversity asset, community based or recreational work. We all share a common goal of a biodiverse and healthy South Westland environment that can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

The chance to join a small team of five within the larger South Westland team of approximately 40 staff, spanning from Franz Josef to Haast. We look forward to you bringing new expertise and fresh perspectives to the team and organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

There is limited Departmental accommodation available in Fox Glacier.

Excellent development opportunities across the South Westland District and beyond. We also offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

Salary Range $47,320 - $59,978. 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 – 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.

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 Gary Scott gscott@doc.govt.nz, or telephone 027 286 8371

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 31st January

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

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