Senior Ranger Biodiversity
About this role
- Are you a strategic thinker who can prioritise work and develop the team's thinking towards long term outcomes?
- Do you enjoy supporting others in their delivery of biodiversity conservation?
- Would you like to grow conservation through great relationships and empowering others?
- If so, come work, play, and make your mark in Te Papa Atawhai's (DOC's) Central Otago District, working in Wānaka or Alexandra surrounded by mountains and lakes.
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.
Central Otago stretches from the Haast Pass in the west to Middlemarch in the east, Lindis Pass in the north to the Nevis valley in the south. This large geographic landscape creates a diverse workplan and is unique for its richness of ecosystems – from beech forest to alpine areas in the Southern Alps; inland saline sites to tussock grasslands of the inland Otago block mountains. Iconic species include Cromwell Chafer Beetles, Grand and Otago Skinks, Lepidium, Galaxids, Rock Wren and Kea.
He angitūtanga | About the role
As the Senior Ranger, Biodiversity you will be part of a high performing District Leadership Team who are passionate, collaborate across multiple workstreams and achieve greater conservation outcomes for Central Otago district and the wider Southern South Island Region.
A key to the success of biodiversity work in Central Otago is its delivery alongside community and iwi partners. The ability to maintain and build on the existing relationships with the wider community, central and local government agencies, businesses, volunteer groups, iwi, hapū and whānau will be crucial.
You will provide advice to the Operations Manager on how the district work program should reflect DOC priorities. You will also:
- Support the Operations Manager by leading the delivery of high-priority complex tasks and relationship management.
- Work with your regional colleagues to ensure integrated delivery of highest priority outcomes for the region
- Scope mahi for the team across a 6–12-month period and support team members to deliver the mahi month to month.
- Follow treaty principles to align the work of the team with mana whenua aspirations
- Assist the Operations Manager to monitor and report on the work.
- Manage the Biodiversity budget
- Support the development and implementation of the annual district business plan
- Provide technical advice on matters relating to district biodiversity values/sites
This is a full-time permanent position based either in the Wānaka or Alexandra office.
Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience
You will thrive being part of a hard-working team who enjoys working together to get a job done. You will have a clear and engaging communication style, be comfortable presenting to small and large groups and have the ability to build strong relationships and collaborate successfully with others, such as other DOC teams, mana whenua, the community, and stakeholders.
With your science background you will have an enquiring and innovative mind as well as a desire to challenge the norm to find creative solutions to grow conservation outcomes. You will have demonstrated critical thinking and analysis skills and be able to use sound judgement to support work delivery and problem solving.
You have demonstrated an ability to empower others, are comfortable working in a changing environment and are a strategic thinker who can see the big picture and shift the work of the region to align with DOC's goals. You can communicate clear and concise recommendations for the decision maker.
Above all, you will be able to influence and empower others and have a genuine passion for conservation.
Desired skills / qualifications
- BSc and or MSc in Biology/Ecology or similar
- Knowledge and experience of New Zealand's natural ecosystems
- Demonstrate experience in project management
- Experience in budget management
- Competent in the use of computer-based software (ie. excel )
- Comfortable working in New Zealand's remote back country
Mō mātou | About us
To live in Central Otago is to have access to a spectacular place for recreation: mountains, lakes, internationally unique drylands and rivers to enjoy and explore. There are numerous tracks to walk, tramp or mountain bike; rock faces to climb; waterways for swimming, boating or fishing, and mountains for hunting, skiing or snowboarding.
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:
- Flexible working options where applicable
- Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
- 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 $72,610 to $92,780 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.
Rā katinga | Applications close at 5 pm on Thursday 29 September 2022
Me he pātai anō | For further enquiries, contact Debbie Fahey on 027 286 2746 on email@example.com
Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/09105
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.
Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.
Visit www.doc.govt.nz to find out more about a career with us.
|Application close date:||29-Sep-2022|
|Attachments:|| Role Description - Senior Ranger Biodiversity .pdf (PDF, 212KB)