Hihi Ranger, (Temporary), Operations, Kapiti Island | Kapiti Island

Posted on 29-Jun-2018
Application close date: 23-Jul-2018
Kapiti Island
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

This is a fixed term position from 3rd September 2018 until 31st March 2019.


This is an amazing opportunity for an enthusiastic person that would like to live on an island and support the delivery of the hihi/stitchbird recovery programme. The island is approximately 50km north of Wellington city and lies 5.5km offshore from Paraparaumu Beach.


The hihi ranger will generally be required to work an 80 hours fortnight on a ten day on and four days off roster.


Transport costs to and from the island from Paraparumu Beach will be paid from by the Department of Conservation and the Department will also provide accommodation while on the island.


The focus of this role is to:

  • Delivering supplementary food to feeding stations.
  • Following strict hygiene and cleaning protocols
  • Undertaking a pre-breeding survey of hihi in October
  • Catching and banding fledglings and any unbanded adults
  • Completing the season report within contracted timeframe
  • Accurately add feeding, survey and banding data into the appropriate databases
  • Work with the Hihi Heroes (volunteers) to deliver above work
  • Work with the hihi recovery group, stakeholders and sponsors in regard to management of hihi on Kāpiti Island
  • Be available to provide support to the permanent and island cover rangers when required


While undertaking the role the hihi ranger will also be expected to:

  • Carry a 15-20kg pack for up to five hours a day on formed and unformed tracks, which can be steep with an uneven surface.
  • Work collegially with other staff, contractors and concessionaires assigned to Kāpiti 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.
  • Assist and support iwi in line with Departmental expectations.
  • Coordinate and work with community groups and volunteers. This is a key part of the hihi work programme on Kāpiti Island.
  • Assist in organising and participate in hihi related island events.
  • Liaise with the scientific community who may undertake approved work on the Island.
  • Have an understanding and adhere to the Departments health and safety culture “Injury Free, safe home everyday”
  • Occasionally be the sole DOC representative on Kāpiti Island.
  • Be an active member of the greater Kāpiti Wellington District team and assist, if required, with other Department work on or off the island.


The ideal applicant will have the following:

Essential qualifications

  • A level 2 or higher bird banding certificate for passerines from the New Zealand National Bird Banding Scheme
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite applications Word, Excel and Outlook applications.
  • A good standard of written and verbal communication skills.


Desirable qualifications or experience

  • First aid certificate
  • Conservation knowledge in natural heritage management and community engagement
  • Experience in monitoring, identification and handling of threatened species
  • Has managed volunteers or staff
  • Has worked on islands or at isolated locations
  • A level 2 or higher bird banding certificate for seabirds from the New Zealand National Bird Banding Scheme
  • Can quickly and accurately read and record coloured bird bands to identify individual birds.
  • NZ Driver's license (Class 1 – minimum requirement - restricted licence and can drive a manual vehicle).
  • GPS skills.
  • Map toaster and GIS computer skills.
  • A practical background in general infrastructure maintenance


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 project description.


For any queries, please contact Kerry McKenzie, kmckenzie@doc.govt.nz, VPN 6969 or telephone (06) 350 6219.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 23 July 2018.


DOC is committed to diversity in its workforce and an inclusive workplace culture.

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