Ranger, Biodiversity, Kapiti Island | Kapiti Island

Posted on 06-Oct-2017
Application close date: 23-Oct-2017
Kapiti Island
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This is an amazing opportunity for an enthusiastic person (or an enthusiastic couple for those that wish to job share) that would like to live on an island and contribute towards one New Zealand's oldest protected sites, Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve.  The island is approximately 50km north of Wellington city and lies 5.5km offshore from Paraparaumu Beach.

The role is varied and covers the different components of departmental work (recreation, historic, biodiversity and community engagement). This role will suit a self-motivated person that can operate well both in an isolated environment and as part of a team.

The focus of this role is to:

• Work collegially with other staff and contractors assigned to the island.  Staff and contractors may be working on biodiversity, historic, cultural, community or visitor assets projects.  It is expected that all staff will work for the betterment of the island as an asset to the community.

• Assist in organising and participate in iwi wānanga and hui, and other community/educational programmes.

• Have an understanding and adhere to the Departments health and safety culture “Injury Free, safe home everyday”.

• Supervise the fixed-term hihi contractor during the breeding season (September-March) with support from the Hihi Recovery Group. • Assist mainland DOC staff with concessionaire monitoring.

• Coordinate and work with community groups and volunteers.  Volunteer groups range from corporate groups visiting for the day, to longer term month long stints.

• Monitor island budgets.

• Contribute to the management of the infrastructure for the island, including buildings, water system, electrical system, sewage system, vehicles and machinery.  (A good background in basic general infrastructure maintenance is an advantage.)  Specialist maintenance contractors are used if required.

• Contribute to the management of visitor facilities, such as the track system and public toilets.

• Contribute to the management of biodiversity programmes, including planting, weeds, flora and fauna monitoring, and all aspects of island biosecurity (quarantine, surveillance and contingency).

• Input business planning and capital bids to help set the work programme for the island.

• Liaise with the scientific community who may undertake approved work on the Island.

• Be an active member of the greater Kapiti Wellington District Team and assist, if required, with other Department work on or off the island.

The ideal applicant will have:

• A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in science or natural heritage management.

• Experience in working collaboratively with community, iwi, government agencies and business groups and comfortable and professional in working with a wide variety of people. • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

• A passion for and knowledge of conservation.

• Experience in field of plant and animal pest management.

• Supervisory experience.

• A reasonable level of physical fitness.

• Excellent planning and organisational skills.

• Proficient in the use of a wide variety of computer software programmes for example Microsoft programmes -Word, Excel and Outlook.

• A current NZ Class 1 drivers licence (minimum requirement – restricted licence and can drive a manual vehicle).

• A practical background in general infrastructure maintenance.

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

For any queries, please contact Lisa Bott, lbott@doc.govt.nz, VPN 6973 or telephone (06) 350 6223, quoting vacancy 400/4514.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 23 October 2017.

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