Ranger, (Fixed Term) | Great Barrier Island

Posted on 05-Aug-2022
Application close date: 18-Aug-2022
Great Barrier Island
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
Note clipRole Description - Ranger .pdf (PDF, 227KB)
Job Specification

  • Are you someone who will grasp at the opportunity to work in one of New Zealand's unique and very special islands in New Zealand?
  • Enjoy a diverse role where you cover all aspects of conservation from Biodiversity, Community Engagement and getting into Heritage and Visitor work.


This season we have an exciting and rare opportunity to join our Aotea/Great Barrier operations team for the summer season.


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 our Kaitiaki, Ranger you will be part of a highly motivated operations team where you'll get stuck into a diverse range of work across Great Barrier. The primary function of this entry level role is help alongside our Biodiversity, Community and Heritage and Visitors units during our summer season.

This means working in a variety of different environments and across a range of different projects including track maintenance, pest control, weed management, campground support and kauri protection ambassador tasks.

This versatile person will join our team in Okiwi for a fixed-term 4.5-month role starting in October 2022.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

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

  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Full current driver's licence (manual preferred)
  • Current First Aid certificate
  • Good level of fitness
  • Practical field delivery skills such as experience with scrub bars and weed spraying.
  • Good communication skills and positive attitude.


Before you apply, here are some things you should know:

  • The role is based on Aotea / Great Barrier Island.  Commuting is not an option. Visit www.greatbarrierislandtourism.co.nz  to learn more about what to expect.
  • Accommodation: a room in a shared house in is available to rent. The entire island is powered by solar, and water is not reticulated.  This means we are conscientious with our use of electricity and water.
  • Connectivity: A phone and laptop is provided.  Mobile reception varies across the island.  Internet and wifi is sound at the DOC office but is not provided at the house.


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.


Rā katinga | Applications close: Thursday 18th August, 5pm

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Sarah Dwyer on 021 175 4706

Taupānga| Job Reference: T400/02320

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.

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