Ranger, Weed control, Hauturu / Little Barrier Island, (Fixed Term) | Little Barrier Island

Posted on 02-Aug-2022
Application close date: 15-Aug-2022
Little Barrier Island
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
  • Are you someone who enjoys the outdoors, has lots of practical skills and would enjoy working in our diverse District?
  • Our seasonal roles are in full swing and we're looking for the next intake of conservation champions!
  • We have a 4 fixed-term seasonal positions to join our Auckland 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

Hauturu / Little Barrier Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf and is managed from the Department's North Head Office.  This spectacular island is steep, rugged and heavily forested.  It provides an important refuge for many threatened and endangered species, and with the eradication of cats and kiore is now free of all introduced predators. 

This is a unique opportunity to live and work on the island, contributing to one of New Zealand's premier Nature Reserves.  Established weed plots are grid searched for invasive weed species, in particular climbing asparagus and pampas grass.  You will get to visit some of the most spectacular parts of the island as part of your work.  The weed programme to date has been highly effective and you will be actively contributing to the eradication of invasive weeds from the island.

We have 4 fixed term vacancies with the weed programme commencing in late September and finishes in December 2022. 


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We are looking for highly motivated and capable team players who have the following experience and skills:

  • Experience and confidence in field work delivery, preferably with experience in weed control
  • Backcountry experience in steep terrain, excellent bush skills and fitness, with particular emphasis on personal safety (some sites require rope access)
  • A proven ability to live in a remote location in a communal situation
  • Practical problem-solving skills
  • A current First Aid certificate


Mō te tīma | About the team

Auckland Inner Islands District has a dispersed team, with staff on eight of the Hauraki Gulf Islands and a leadership team based at North Head in Devonport. Hauturu / Little Barrier Island has two permanent ranger staff.  One of these Rangers has primary responsibility for running the annual weed control programme, and will be the Weed Team's immediate supervisor on the island.  Both Rangers live full-time on Hauturu. The Weed Team will be accommodated on the island's bunkhouse, which sleeps 14 people in two bunkrooms.  While it is bunkhouse accommodating, it is fully equipped with regard to kitchen and ablution facilities. Due to the challenge and expense of getting people on and off Hauturu, Weed Team members will be expected to remain on the island for the duration of their three-month contract.  That said, the island provides a pleasant setting for weekend leisure – snorkelling, photography, bush walks etc.


\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:

  • 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 $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, 2022 at 5pm

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact David Wilson on 027 536 1070

Taupānga| Job Reference: T400/02240


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 – 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.


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