Ranger, Kaimahi for Nature Support, (Fixed Term)

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  • Category: Ranger
  • Location: Fox Glacier
  • Date Advertised: 09-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: DOC/T400/6620
  • Job Title: Ranger, Kaimahi for Nature Support, (Fixed Term)
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If you love working with others to achieve awesome outcomes for conservation, appreciate a remote natural environment, and have a proven ability for leading and organising work – especially with contractors, then this is the job for you!


South Westland Tourism Businesses and communities have been recognised as being some of the most severely impacted by the effects of COVID – with the region being so heavily reliant on international tourism.   Jobs for Nature – or Kaimahi for Nature as we call it here – is huge for our District, and we have a Kaimahi for Nature programme that has been funded as a “quick start”, which already has 15 Partner Businesses under contract. This role will help set-up, manage and support our Partner Businesses in undertaking valuable conservation work in South Westland.

You will need to be able to live and work in a remote rural community and have a positive “can-do” attitude.   Consideration may be given to basing this position in Franz Josef if required.  If this sounds like you – apply now!


He angitūtanga: About the Role

This is a fixed term role for approximately 8 months through until the end of June 2021.

Key responsibilities:

  • Working with Partner Businesses to determine their Kaimahi for Nature requirements/needs and capabilities and build (through liaising with DOC South Westland staff) a programme of valuable conservation work opportunities to suit
  • Put in place contracts
  • Induct Partner Business staff into the tasks, ensure they have appropriate PPE etc and skills for the role
  • Determine any Partner Business staff training needs – to ensure staff can safely undertake the tasks
  • Audit Partner Business work on tasks in the field – to quality standards, achieving desired outcomes, monitor health and safety standards etc
  • Maintain records of contracts, agreed terms (tasks), inductions, audits etc for South Westland Kaimahi for Nature programme
  • Check and authorise monthly invoices from Partner Businesses for work completed
  • Support South Westland Ranger staff with delivery of Kaimahi for Nature work in the field
  • Support South Westland Kaimahi for Nature media profile with stories, newsletters, social media posts etc.
  • Update and assign new Kaimahi for Nature tasks as required for each partner business.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

A natural people leader who is passionate about supporting a positive team culture.  We are looking for someone with the confidence and awareness to engage with people from all walks of life. Ideally you will know how to engage effectively in a Māori setting or a willingness to learn karakia, pepeha and local tikanga to develop your capability in this area, allowing you to work effectively with our Treaty Partner.

Ideally you will have proven experience in:

  • Sensitivity and sound knowledge of Māori culture and the Department’s responsibilities to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi under section 4 of the Conservation Act.
  • Great communication skills and the ability to get people on board
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail and commitment to achieving team objectives
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Strong health and safety focus
  • A current full driving licence
  • A sound understanding of conservation management, strategic and tactical thinking, and planning


  • Current First Aid Certificate


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 a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.
  • The chance to join a large organisation that’s still growing. DOC has been undergoing a steady period of growth, we highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.
  • Excellent development opportunities across the South Westland District and beyond.


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 enquiry, please contact Jackie Hines, jahines@doc.govt.nz or telephone 027 208 5673, quoting vacancy 400/6620 TEMP. 

Applications close at 5pm, on Tuesday 27 October 2020.

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.