Ranger, (Fixed Term) | Stephens Island

Posted on 28-Jul-2022
Application close date: 11-Aug-2022
Stephens Island
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
  • Do you have strong practical skills and are comfortable being self-reliant on a remote island in the Cook Strait?
  • Are you passionate about protecting Aotearoa's taonga species?
  • This position must be accompanied through either a job share or accompanied position arrangement.

 We are looking for someone who is passionate about the conservation of New Zealand's natural and cultural values, skilled at field delivery of a wide range of tasks including infrastructure and machinery maintenance.


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

The position is based on Takapourewa island where you'll partake in a variety of work. As the kaitiaki of the island your mahi will vary from maintenance of infrastructure, weed control, track clearing, minor plant propagation and managing visitors. This remote and isolated location has good accommodation, its own power system and satellite broadband.

The Department jointly manages the island with Ngāti Koata where you will have some direct contact with the iwi. An appreciation for the history of this relationship and previous experience working with iwi will be an advantage.

With this position being one of a kind, proven experience living in isolation is necessary. Due to the remote location of the island and nature of the work, this position must be accompanied through either a job share or accompanied position arrangement.

This position is fixed term of initially 18 months with the possibility of extension up to 36 months.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

As the Kaitiaki of Takapourewa, we are looking for someone with a range of experiences branching from stakeholder management to strong practical skills.

If you have the following skills, we want to hear from you:

  • High personal commitment to Health and Safety
  • Interest and experience in cultural engagement
  • Proven experience to operate in a remote location for extended periods of time
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong planning, organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Practical experience and interest in biodiversity work
  • A current First Aid certificate
  • Experience maintaining small plant machinery items

Desired Experience:

  • A current Growsafe standard certificate
  • Experience working in the building/painting trades or similar
  • Experience working with Light Utility Vehicles (LUV)


Mō te tīma | About the team

The Sounds team is made up of 20 permanent staff members working across Heritage and Visitor, Biodiversity and Community teams. The number of staff does fluctuate to meet the demand of the district over certain periods through-out the year increasing with seasonal, casual and fixed term roles.


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:

  • Join a supportive workplace with excellent team culture and rewarding vision
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network
  • Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites as well as general accommodation discounts


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: Thursday 10 August, 5pm

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Siobain Finlow-Baits on 027 228 1526

Taupānga| Job Reference: 400/06142

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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