Senior Ranger, Biodiversity | Franz Josef

Posted on 09-Jun-2021
Application close date: 21-Jun-2021
Franz Josef
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate person to join our team as a Senior Biodiversity Ranger based in Franz Josef. 


He angitūtanga: About the Role

South Westland has some of the most exciting biodiversity work in New Zealand. If you have a real passion for saving two of New Zealand's rarest kiwi, have specialist marine conservation knowledge, you like penguins, kea, mohua, trapping stoats – and you want to lead this work for the team across South Westland, then this is definitely the job for you!

As Senior Ranger (Biodiversity) with the Department of Conservation you will be joining our talented Biodiversity team carrying out critical natural heritage conservation work programmes in South Westland. 

The focus of this Senior Ranger position is planning, monitoring and the oversight of technical work programmes relating to:

  • Rowi and Haast tokoeka kiwi;
  • Kea, Tawaki and Kaka work that South Westland District engages in;
  • Kiwi sanctuary management, oversite of pest control operations and associated track and asset (huts, bridges, etc) maintenance;
  • Relationship holder with our many keen and interested stakeholders and community members;
  • Relationship with Taumaka me Popotai owners and biodiversity work on the islands;
  • Island biosecurity;
  • Mohua management – including trap line management in the Landsborough;
  • Skinks and geckos;
  • Marine related programmes of work.


The biodiversity team also oversees a number of other species conservation programmes that you may be asked to lead or assist with, including predator control operations.  Additionally, you will be instrumental in implementing future species management work as the focus changes over time.

We want someone who is knowledgeable, innovative and passionate about conservation work and its importance for New Zealand's natural flora and fauna.  You will need to be highly motivated, well organised, and have good computer skills.  South Westland is an awesome place to live and work and is amongst some of the most spectacular country in NZ, so your interests and hobbies will have to be well suited.  We have a great team of people here, so we are looking for someone who is a strong team player, with a positive attitude.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for


  • A strong commitment to Safety and Wellbeing in the workplace;
  • A natural heritage or conservation management qualification;
  • Specialist experience/qualifications in threatened species management;
  • Strong planning, organising and financial management skills and experience;
  • Contract and project management experience;
  • The ability to work closely with tangata whenua;
  • Experience working with community groups, or other outside stakeholders;
  • Skilled at coaching, training and supporting staff with the acquisition of technical knowledge;
  • The ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Strong computer and data management skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • A current full Class 1 driver's license.


Ideally you will also have:

  • Previous experience working with threatened species programmes;
  • A degree in Environmental Science or equivalent;
  • A current first aid certificate;
  • Proven back country experience, working/travelling alone off-track      in mountainous and forested terrain.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What's in it for you?

An opportunity to make a meaningful contribution towards biodiversity in New Zealand, including the management programmes for the two rarest Kiwi in New Zealand. You will be using your skills, knowledge and innovation to maximise the benefits to conservation.

You will be working alongside and engaged in the Predator Free South Westland project which is a ground-breaking mainland New Zealand project aiming to remove all possums, stoats and rats from the mountains to the sea over 100,000 hectares! This is a New Zealand and world leading initiative – at the forefront of returning the dawn chorus to Aotearoa.

South Westland is a stunning place to live, with a fantastic, supportive work environment, and an amazing team of approximately 50 people spread between Haast, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef. There are excellent development opportunities, and a range of flexible working options.

We look forward to you bringing new expertise and fresh perspectives to the team and organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. 

For any enquiries, please contact Wayne Costello, or telephone 022 00 92963, quoting vacancy 400/07401.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 21 June 2021.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context. 

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