Senior Ranger, Biodiversity - Coastal Species (Hoiho and Rāpoka) | Dunedin

Posted on 13-Jun-2022
Application close date: 28-Jun-2022
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
  • Lead integrated and streamlined management of coastal species such as hoiho and rāpoka.
  • A new initiative to work across district boundaries to align strategies, plans and programmes.
  • Fixed term three years based in the Coastal Otago office, Dunedin.


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 (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 whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.


He angitūtanga | About the role

This is a key role that will lead integrated and streamlined management of coastal species, such as hoiho and rāpoka, across district boundaries to align with the recovery strategies, action plans, and increase the visibility of the species work programme. The boundaries of the work will be from the subantarctic up the eastern coastline to Akaroa.

This role will allow better alignment with the new DOC Integrated Strategy and deliver our commitment to the hoiho strategy Te Kaweka Takohaka mō te Hoiho and recovery management of rāpoka / NZ sea lion via the Threat Management Plan. You will work alongside mana whenua and enable and support linkages to ensure involvement supporting these taonga species.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

You will have experience working with whānau, hapū and iwi, and excellent interpersonal, communication, engagement, and relationship management skills. You will be a motivated and effective collaborator who can establish enduring relationships with colleagues and our local partners.

With your enquiring mind you will be able to identify risks and new opportunities, ideas and trends and explore these to grow the operational delivery and greater conservation outcomes. 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.


We are also looking for:

  • Strong critical thinking and analysis skills combined with sound judgement
  • Skills in translating strategy, plans and priorities into operational plans
  • Project and budget management experience
  • A strong understanding of species and ecosystems restoration principles
  • Knowledge of regulations, statutory processes, procedures, and best practice in biodiversity operations
  • Proficient and accurate user of databases and systems
  • Able to interpret and apply Geographic Information System information
  • Knowledge of Coastal and Marine biodiversity areas
  • Current full New Zealand driving licence



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 $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 Tuesday 28 June 2022

Me he pātai anō | For further enquiries, contact Debbie Fahey, Senior Recruitment Advisor at or 0272862746

Taupānga| Job Reference: DOC/T400/09300/1


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.


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