Ranger Marine Reserves | Kaikoura

Posted on 23-Nov-2021
Application close date: 07-Dec-2021
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Our marine reserves provide the highest form of marine protection in Aotearoa. They offer spectacular opportunities for marine life to thrive in the absence of exploitation and development. We need your help to protect and monitor the abundant biodiversity of our precious marine reserves.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As Ranger, Marine Reserves you will be responsible for the implementation of the Marine Reserves Compliance Plan and the Marine Reserve Monitoring Plan in the DOC Sounds and South Marlborough Districts. You will have defined leadership responsibilities, including the ability to plan and authorise technical work programmes in our marine reserves.

Successful implementation of your work programme will depend upon your ability to establish and sustain strong relationships with external and internal stakeholders. You will work in true partnership with local iwi/hapū/whānau to ensure our treaty partners are engaged with and informed about marine reserve health. You will be an advocate for marine reserves.

This position can be based in either our Picton or Kaikoura office.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

This appointment requires an individual with excellent interpersonal skills and a natural ability to form enduring relationships. You will be comfortable working in partnership with a broad range of internal staff, including the Compliance and Marine Ecosystem Teams, and external stakeholders.

We are looking for a responsible and reliable team player who is willing to work flexibly to get the job done. The ideal candidate has the following skills and attributes:

  • Previous experience working in an enforcement and/or marine monitoring environment;
  • Experience leading, planning, implementing and completing reporting on operational projects;
  • Extensive experience operating or working on vessels offshore. A Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL) qualification is desired and you must be comfortable working a full working day at sea;
  • A tertiary qualification (or equivalent experience) in biological science (preferably marine science
  • Ability to adhere to strict Health, Safety and Wellbeing systems.

Please note: This position requires a full driver's licence, the ability to work outside of normal hours (including weekends) and to travel as required. You will also be required to pass a security check to achieve DOC Warranted Officer status.


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

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer flexible working options, the ability to sometimes work from home or slightly adjust regular business hours as long as the work gets done.

Excellent training opportunities. If successful, part of your welcoming into the organisation will include invitation to attend our exciting nationwide induction and ongoing training programs to learn more about the department and make valuable connections with new colleagues throughout the country.

As DOC has a strong focus on Health and Safety, this role will also be responsible for leading a safety-first culture across all work sites.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre. Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

For any enquiry, please contact Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls on 027 290 2492, quoting reference 400/06234.


Interviews are scheduled to commence between the 13-17 December.

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

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