Ranger | New Plymouth

Posted on 23-Nov-2021
Application close date: 07-Dec-2021
New Plymouth
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
Note clipHR - Role Description - Ranger .pdf (PDF, 200KB)
Job Specification

  • Do you have a passion for conservation and feel inspired by our shared purpose and values? 
  • Are you someone who loves the outdoors, values our freshwater environment, is flexible, practical and enjoys working with people?


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.

Our New Plymouth office have 2 exciting Ranger positions that are Freshwater focussed for a fixed term period of 12 weeks starting Monday 17 January 2022.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

You will be working to assist with delivering priority freshwater biosecurity (pest fish and weed species) and migratory species (focussing on piharau/lamprey, shortjaw kōkopu, inanga and tuna/longfin eel) work.

A large proportion of the work will be undertaking migratory fish monitoring surveys using a range of methods. This will include spotlight surveys late at night in remote areas.

The secondary focus will be freshwater pest surveys using a variety of methods. There may be the opportunity to assist with a pest fish eradication operation, and pest species incursion response work within the district also.

These positions will be mostly field based, there will be a lot of travel throughout the Department's Taranaki Operations District conducting monitoring and surveillance work.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

  • Strong understanding and practical experience with freshwater ecology and/or biosecurity.
  • Ability to identify freshwater native and pest fish and weed species.
  • A willingness to be involved in pest fish control operations involving the toxin Rotenone.
  • Previous experience monitoring and handling fish species.
  • Excellent physical fitness and proven experience working in remote backcountry areas.
  • Experience working in wet environments (lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands).
  • Excellent communication skills, attention to detail and commitment to achieving team objectives.
  • Previous experience collecting and recording data in the field. GIS skills.
  • A First Aid Certificate and full Driver's Licence, ideally with a 4WD qualification.
  • The ability to work well in a small team.

If you have the above skills, are solution focused and have the desire to help make New Zealand the greatest living space on earth, we want to hear from you!


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 highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into our organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.
  • Excellent development opportunities across the department.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

Please apply online.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description and information sheet.

For more information, please contact Nathan Lightbourne, nlightbourne@doc.govt.nz , telephone no. 027 535 1979 quoting vacancy TEMP 400/03560.


Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

Interviews will commence between Monday 13 December - Wednesday 15 December.

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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