Ranger at Department of Conservation – New Zealand

They seek a highly motivated individual to join their team as a Ranger at the Department of Conservation. As a Ranger, you will manage and protect our natural resources while ensuring visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Job Title: Ranger

Location: Nelson Lakes

Job Type: Full-Time

Application Deadline: 2023-05-17

No of Vacancies: Not Specified

Salary: Not Specified


The B band Ranger position is a crucial operational role and forms part of a close-knit team of 6 permanent Heritage and Visitor staff based at St Arnaud. In this role, your day-to-day work will be primarily field-based, where you will be involved in:

  • Maintenance and preservation of historic sites and equipment
  • Participate in the Health and Safety culture of the field team through JSA and Toolboxes.
  • Be involved in Regional Heritage and Visitor work.
  • Maintenance of conservation campsites, picnic and car park areas, toilets, and water supplies
  • Assisting with the construction and maintenance of structures
  • Backcountry track and hut maintenance
  • Track construction and maintenance in high-use front country areas involving the use of small machinery, chainsaw, and scrub-cutting equipment
  • Operating chainsaws, scrub bars, backpack sprayers, diggers, and other minor earthwork machinery. (Training given, though experience and qualifications will be valued)
  • Boating activities on the main lakes, Rotoiti and Rotoroa
  • Office work, including data entry, planning, and organizing field trips

Requirements, Skills, and Experience

You will have a positive, ‘can do’ attitude and be a team player. You will enjoy working outdoors and making a hands-on difference in the landscape of our back and front country facilities. Also, you will have practical field skills and be strong enough to take a physical job.

If you have the following skills or attributes, we would love to hear from you:

  • A love of the outdoors and a strong practical approach to problems
  • A high level of fitness and sound experience/or practical knowledge of working and leading in the backcountry
  • Computer and technologically savvy, leading the team’s engagement with technology, especially EAM, and Blueworx, also using GPS and a range of apps on the DOC phone.
  • Sound communication skills, oral and written
  • A genuine interest in the Department’s management of Aotearoa’s natural and cultural heritage and an enthusiasm for engaging others in conservation
  • A full NZ driver’s license (class 1 and 2 desirable)
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Chainsaw competency and experience
  • Boat skipper, be willing to undergo training and experience.
  • NZQA Fire training and experience, ability to join the district fire team
  • Building and construction skills are desirable.
  • Proven experience working with and supporting community Conservation Groups

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to contribute to the conservation of the natural environment as a ranger at the Department of Conservation, Apply Here.

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