Ranger, (Ohinepane and Remote Campsites, Whakahoro Hut and Campsite), (Temporary), (2), Operations Group, Whanganui

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  • Category: Ranger
  • Location: Whanganui
  • Date Advertised: 14-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: DOC/400/3840TI1
  • Job Title: Ranger, (Ohinepane and Remote Campsites, Whakahoro Hut and Campsite), (Temporary), (2), Operations Group, Whanganui
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This advert is for two Ranger roles:

  • One for Ohinepane and Remote Campsites
  • One for Whanganui Journey Hut/Campsite, Whakahoro based

There is separate project descriptions and Applicant Information sheets for each role. If you have a preference for either role, please note this in your application.


The Whanganui Journey is unique as it is the only Great Walk traversed by water, following the Whanganui River for 145km between Taumarunui and Pipiriki and showcasing the lush forests of the Whanganui National Park. Visitors typically paddle the Whanganui Journey in 3-5 days.

Whakahoro and Ohinepane are key visitor sites in the Whanganui Journey Great Walk. They provide well-used hut and campsites for paddlers and visitors to the Whanganui River. Whakahoro is also an important site for visitors to the M2C cycle trail.

We have an opportunity for the coming summer season for 2 hut rangers to join our team and host visitors and maintain the campsite and hut facilities at Whakahoro and Ohinepane. 


Our ranger at Whakahoro will spend up to 5 nights per week based at Whakahoro campsite. Accommodation will be provided on this site.

A key part of the hut and campsite ranger role is to host visitors and ensure that they are managed well during their visit and are safe on the Whanganui Journey.

You will also be required to complete hut, campsite and track maintenance throughout the Whanganui National Park at other key sites including on the M2C cycle trail.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Have an ability to live and work in an isolated situation.  To work effectively without supervision on a wide variety of tasks and be able to problem solve and work through issues in isolation when necessary;
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to work individually and in a team with the willingness and capacity to interact, liaise and consult with a variety of people;
  • A strong understanding of Māori cultural perspectives;
  • Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form and be familiar with and confident in the use of VHF radio systems;
  • Have a practical background with the ability, skills and physical fitness to be able to carry out routine maintenance and building/plant repairs, track construction and maintenance and weed/animal control; 
  • Have the confidence and resourcefulness to cope with a variety of situations involving people (e.g. law enforcement), interpretation, visitor safety and other staff generally;
  • Physical fitness is a must, and an ability to work on cleaning and maintaining visitor facilities.
  • Ohinepane / Remote Ranger role will have considerable periods in isolated sites – this will be the norm not the exception. You need to enjoy tenting, camp cooking, be self-reliant and have great self-awareness;
  • Own vehicle will be an advantage.


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 Gill Winton on 063492100.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday, 29 October, 2019.

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