Ranger, Recreation/Historic, Taumarunui | Taumarunui

Posted on 24-Nov-2017
Application close date: 27-Nov-2017
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Are you someone who is passionate about recreation and the protection of New Zealand historic assets?


We have a vacancy for an experienced Ranger in our Recreation and Historic team in the Whanganui District.  As a Ranger, Recreation and Historic you will have a wide-ranging brief. This role is based from our Taumarunui office.


Within the Whanganui National Park and surrounding Public Conservation Land, our focus is on two of our major recreation opportunities; one of NZ Great Walks – the Whanganui Journey River Trip and improvements to one of NZ's 23 Great Rides, the DOC sections of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail.


Your primary role will be to support the maintenance and upgrade of visitor infrastructure including our full network of tracks, huts campsites and associated assets. You will be spending time in remote places and there will be an expectation of some time away from home. On occasion, you will be asked to work with our broader team to support conservation initiatives in the community and to support our biodiversity programme of work.


To carry out these tasks effectively you will become familiar with the District and be thoroughly immersed in all aspects of Recreation and Historic work, from understanding our track networks, visitor expectations, becoming familiar with our facilities and user groups, and come to grips with the unique complexities of working in and around the remote Whanganui National Park.


Tasks may include:

• Track and asset maintenance
• Management of small contracts
• Logistic management during improvement of facilities and amenities
• Jetboat – skipper
• Visitor hazard management systems
• Visitor risk management
• Future planning and preparation
• Working in the backcountry
• Data management
• Compliance


Your day to day work will take you across the Whanganui district, carrying out recreation and historic based work programmes on and off public conservation land, as per work plans. You may also be required to support the biodiversity work that happens across the District, and from time to time support community conservation work.


Your skills, outdoor experience, and your logical approach to systems and asset management will be of great help to others in our team as your role includes supporting and/or overseeing Rangers, liaising community groups and volunteers, and carrying out conservation work in the field.


The successful applicant will have:

• The ability to work as a team player
• Have a professional demeanour and represent DOC positively
• Confident user of computer systems and be logical and precise in data management.
• Understanding of iwi protocols and sensitivities, tangata whenua work with us closely in the management of these places
• Capable of working around jetboats, a day skippers certificate or a proven willingness to learn.
• Energy and drive, be adaptable, solution orientated and willing to learn
• sound knowledge and practical experience of field work
• some experience in contract management preferred
• experience and aptitude for working and living in remote bush environments
• current First Aid Certificate


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


For more information please contact Peter Rihia, 0274946650 quoting vacancy 400/3821. If Peter is unavailable please contact Jasmine Hessell 0278864665.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 27 November 2017.

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