Ranger (Fixed Term) | Twizel

Posted on 12-Jan-2022
Application close date: 26-Jan-2022
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
  • An exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, team focused individual
  • Fixed term for a period of up to 36 months (end date will be June 2024). 
  • This role will be primarily field based, each day working in some of the country's most beautiful places with the Southern Alps as your backdrop!


If you are someone who enjoys working in the backcountry, is passionate about the conservation of New Zealand's natural flora and fauna and has experience working in challenging physical environments, then this is the job for you!


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 (DOC) 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 relationship with our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our work.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As a Ranger for the LINZ Projects in the Mackenzie Basin, your role is to be on the ground delivering two primary projects within the LINZ/DOC Twizel MoU, with the potential to contribute to a variety of other DOC work in the district when needed.  The two primary projects that are part of this multi-agency program are 1.) fencing improvements across the Mackenzie Basin for the primary purpose of rabbit control and 2.) establishing a new predator trapping network to expand upon the district's existing possum trapping program. 

The successful candidate should expect to spend most of their days out in the field and be able to regularly stay away from home based in backcountry huts. Some technical knowledge in fencing and pest control in New Zealand would be beneficial to ensure a high quality of work is being done, but general field skills and backcountry skills are most important.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

Ideally you will have proven experience in:

  • Sound knowledge and practical experience of biodiversity work, especially animal pest control
  • Strong health and safety focus
  • Great communication skills and the ability work well with co-workers and contractors
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail and ability to plan and execute multi-day trips into the backcountry
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances when organising work
  • GIS experience, the ability to interpret GIS information, and use of GPS
  • Current full drivers' licence, tracks endorsement is a bonus
  • Reasonably high level of fitness for working in the bush in steep terrain for multiple days



  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • LUV and 4WD unit standards/qualifications and off-road field experience
  • Experience working with a variety of small plant machinery and diggers would be advantageous   
  • Pest species monitoring experience
  • Helicopter safety training and experience
  • Ability to learn new skills and working practices


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What's in it for you?

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

This role will give you a solid grounding in core aspects of the Department's work and a chance to be a part of an exciting new multi-agency approach to achieving important conservation work in the Mackenzie Basin.


Keen to apply?

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. 

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. 

For any enquiry, please contact Dan Radford at dradford@doc.govt.nz, or telephone 027 306 2175, quoting vacancy T400/08405/1.

Applications close at 5 pm on Wednesday, 26 January 2022.

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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