Ranger, Operations, Dunedin | Dunedin

Posted on 10-Sep-2018
Application close date: 24-Sep-2018
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This is an exciting opportunity to join the Coastal Otago Operations team delivering critical natural heritage conservation work programmes across our District.


As a Biodiversity Ranger you will be working with community groups, volunteers, rūnanga and other staff in delivering conservation work over a range of biodiversity projects.


Our Rangers work on a broad range of tasks and this role is no different; while there is a strong field component to this work, there is also office work involved.


One of the main high-profile biodiversity projects you may be involved with is delivering the field component of the yellow-eyed penguin monitoring work. Examples of other important conservation projects you are likely to become involved with include:

• fauna and flora threatened species management such as freshwater fish, New Zealand sea lions, rare plants, Northern Royal albatross
• wildlife response
• habitat restoration and protection, e.g. planting, myrtle rust response
• collaboration, integration and working closely with local rūnanga and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu across a range of conservation projects
• animal pest and weed control.


Good interpersonal and office skills are required as equally as the skills to operate safely and efficiently in the outdoors handling and monitoring threatened species. A strong team ethic is essential in this role; the Coastal Otago District team is highly-collegial.


You will have guessed by now we are looking for a responsible and reliable team member who is also hard-working and enthusiastic. This, together with your skills and experience in field work will be of great help to you and to others in delivering conservation work. Flexibility is crucial as you will be working across various work programs with various people and often with various animals! Together with those skills described above, we are also looking for:

• a good basic knowledge of conservation
• some knowledge/experience working with threatened species, especially bird-handling
• a strong health and safety focus in your work
• experience working successfully as part of a team, including with volunteers
• a good level of fitness
• a full, valid driver licence.


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, curriculum vitae and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.


If you have any questions regarding this vacancy which are not answered in this advertisement contact Amanda Salt at asalt@doc.govt.nz or (03) 474 7095 quoting vacancy 400/7655.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 24 September 2018.


DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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