Ranger, (Temporary), Operations Group, Rotoiti Nelson Lakes | Nelson Lakes

Posted on 11-Nov-2019
Application close date: 02-Dec-2019
Nelson Lakes
Position type:
Fixed Term
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Are you an active and passionate conservation practitioner? Do you have lots of practical skills and enjoy working with people? If yes then this job might be for you.


We have a rare and exciting 15-month vacancy in our Biodiversity team based in St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes National Park. We need a proven effective team person with a passion for protection of New Zealand's flora and fauna in this special part of the country. The period of employment will be January 2020 till April 2021, replacing a staff member working on secondment.


As a key member of our small tight knit team, and depending on your skills, you will help deliver:

  • Landscape-scale pest control and monitoring of mustelids, possums, cats, rodents and wasps as part of the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project
  • Monitoring and protection of kea, kaka, kiwi and whio in Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Parks.
  • Supervision of volunteers


The successful applicant will ideally be ready to hit the ground running, with:

  • Strong NZ natural history knowledge and more than one year of experience in NZ biodiversity field work programmes
  • Relevant and recently-proven backcountry experience
  • A current first aid certificate and full driver's licence
  • A firearms license
  • The ability to work well alone or in a diverse and highly productive team
  • The ability to stay away from home when required
  • Excellent fitness and ability to carry a 10kg pack all day on steep and uneven terrain
  • Good computer literacy and experience using GPS and mobile devices


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 via the DOC Careers Centre.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.

For any queries, please contact John Wotherspoon, jwotherspoon@doc.govt.nz quoting vacancy 400/5534T

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 2 December 2019.

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

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