Ranger | Haast

Posted on 25-Jul-2022
Application close date: 15-Aug-2022
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Job Specification

  • Want to work with unique and endangered taonga species and explore the backcountry on the edge of Te Wāhipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area
  • Work with a dynamic team in some of New Zealand's vast and unique landscapes
  • We have a permanent position available in the South Westland Operations team.


 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, Department of Conservation 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 whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.


He angitūtanga | About the role

As a Kaitiaki, Ranger you will be joining our dedicated team in Haast/Awarua, carrying out critical conservation work programmes throughout the South Westland district.  Your mahi will require you to mainly work in the Haast Tokoeka Sanctuary. The sanctuary is an 12,000-hectare area, home to the Haast tokoeka kiwi, one of our rarest kiwi. The Haast tokoeka adaptive management programme has been running since the early 2000's, involving research, monitoring, and management.  The programme includes intensive pest control, ,  in-situ recruitment monitoring and Operation Nest Egg with the long-term goal of restoring Haast tokoeka within their historic range.

This role is also diverse where you will be assigned a mixture of duties either out in the field or in the office completing project work set out from your supervisor.

You will spend time in the backcountry monitoring taonga species, having oversight in the trapping efforts within the Sanctuary, reporting, organising and collecting data and working well within a tight knit team. Your role will primarily work alongside our stakeholders including contractors, volunteers and Iwi partners to deliver on the monitoring of kiwi and other taonga species. . In addition, you may support other biodiversity programmes within South Westland, including mohua protection in the Landsborough valley, lizards, rowi kiwi,kea, long tailed bats, bittern, marine and wildlife response


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

As our Kaitiaki Ranger you will have a passion for conservation and not be afraid to get into the backcountry and work alongside our biodiversity team to complete scheduled work programmes.

If you have the following attributes, we are keen to hear from you:

  • Practical experience in the backcountry and rugged terrain as well as a high level of fitness
  • Strong navigation skills (map reading/GPS skills)
  • Experience in handling and monitoring birds, including behavioural observations preferred.
  • Trapping experience, trap network maintenance, review and reporting preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in animal pest control methodologies
  • Data collection, allocation and reporting. GIS mapping knowledge would be an advantage. Attention to detail to ensure accurate data reporting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A team player with strong relationship skills in working with others. Ability to live and work in a small community, spending time away in remote locations.
  • Dependable to work alone and with a small team
  • Strong health and safety focus


Joining the Haast/Awarua operations team will require you to be flexible and adaptable as you be exposed to different workstreams offering you the ability to learn and grow from other teams.


Mō te tīma | About the team

The Haast, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef operations teams work together to manage extensive areas of public conservation land within the South Westland district.  The district team is led by one Pou Matarautaki (Operations Manager) and consists of approximately 35 permanent staff, spread across the three locations.  Each office is split into multiple functional groups, including Biodiversity threats, Biodiversity assets, Community and Visitor Centre, and Heritage and Visitors.  The Kaitiaki position will form part of an energetic and hardworking team. You will work directly with the biodiversity team comprised of the Supervisor and Senior Ranger and permanent Rangers. You will occasionally work with contractors and other stakeholders.


Mō mātou | About us

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate) guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.


Ko ngā hua | What we offer

We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

  • This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work with some of Aotearoa most treasured taonga species.
  • Free access to campsites, huts and tracks all year round with discounts to a range of outdoor apparel and equipment.
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa.

The salary range for this position is $47,320 to $59,978 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.

Rā katinga | Applications close: Monday 15 August, 5pm

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Polina Stucke on 027 213 6525 or email pstucke@doc.govt.nz

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/07463


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.


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