Ranger, Community, (Fixed Term) | Dunedin

Posted on 01-Aug-2022
Application close date: 15-Aug-2022
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

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

Te Papa Atawhai and the Dunedin City Council are partnering for a fourth summer to deliver a community ranger programme which helps us to look after our reserves, beaches, unique coastal wildlife and ensure that visitors have a positive experience when exploring Dunedin.

An exciting opportunity has become available for three fixed term Community Rangers to join the Coastal Operations team over the summer period starting between September and October 2022 until April 2023. 

As a Community Ranger you will interact with visitors at key reserves and beaches within Dunedin city to ensure responsible camping with Dunedin City, advocate for coastal wildlife, provide information and a high-quality service to visitors, maintain camping and other compliance monitoring and gather visitor data to inform management of the sites. 


Additional tasks will include:

  • Working collaborative to support the rangers in your team.
  • Following health and safety procedures.
  • Identifying way to improve the delivery of the programme.

The Coastal Otago Office together with DCC Parks and Recreations team look after the special values of Dunedin's amazing beaches.  You will get great support from specialists in biodiversity and community relations from both organisations . These roles are targeted to be out in the community when it matters. You will learn and share information that is critical for the wider team to achieve its work.


Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We are looking for a fit, responsible and reliable team player, who enjoys engaging with people, and who has the following skills:


  • Current full driving licence
  • Experience and demonstrated competence in customer service
  • Familiar with Dunedin and the reserves, beaches, and the tracks that Te Papa Atawhai and the Dunedin City Council manage.
  • Proficiency in the MS Office suite of programmes
  • Good level of physical fitness (to navigate the range of tracks and beaches throughout Dunedin)



  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • An understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and Te Papa Atawhai's relationship with our treaty partner.
  • Familiar with relevant legislation and bylaws that Te Papa Atawhai and the Dunedin District Council operate under
  • Familiar with the flora, fauna found within the Dunedin region.


Mō te tīma | About the team

The Coastal Otago Operations team is based in Dunedin and forms part of the Southern South Island Region. It consists of 21 permanent staff and is led by the Operations Manager. Prioritising and scheduling work is co-ordinated by three Supervisors and three Senior Rangers.


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

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 highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.  Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit your application online via the DOC Careers Centre with 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 (pro-rata) with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.


Rā katinga | Applications close: 5pm on Monday, 15 August 2022

Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact Chrissy Mulitalo at cmulitalo@doc.govt.nz

Taupānga | Job Reference: DOC/1650259


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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