Ranger, Search and Rescue at Department of Conservation, Aoraki Mt Cook
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
- Unique opportunity to join a high-performing Search and Rescue team
- Based in Aoraki/Mount Cook
- Full time, permanent role with flexible ways of working
Toitū te marae a Tāne-Mahuta, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata
If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive
Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation (DOC) serves to protect and sustain nature across Aotearoa. We put nature and people at the heart of our mahi, guided by te reo Māori, te ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We do this by:
- Protecting land, species, ecosystems, and cultural heritage for conservation purposes
- Managing threats and adverse impacts
- Being a voice for conservation
- Connecting people to nature
He angitūtanga | About the Role
This role will function as a Team Leader for the Department of Conservation Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Rescue Team. The team functions during operations and trainings with one team leader for the task and two to four rescuers. The team is responsible for delivery of key functions: provision of search and rescue response work, training, and programme maintenance and development.
The successful applicant will be required to live in Aoraki/Mount Cook and participate in the seasonal standby and duty officer roster.
This is a unique role and work environment which requires a high level of physical and mental fitness. An ongoing interest in developing industry best practices, mentoring of staff and alpinism are key qualities for the successful applicant.
To ensure currency and competency in the alpine environment all staff are required to meet minimum standards in alpine climbing and skiing to satisfy the health and safety requirements of the AMCART program.
Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience
- Rock/ice climbing, mountaineering and alpine skiing competency to a high skill level with demonstrated experience and currency in both summer and winter disciplines
- Must be able to verify skills/experience with current climbing and skiing logbook to NZMGA standard
- Capable of climbing (minimum) a range of Aoraki/Mount Cook seriousness grade III
- Capable of climbing a range of rock grade 16 on traditional protection
- Expert alpine skier in steep, glaciated terrain
- New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5) OR recognized overseas equivalent (A3 Pro 1, CAA Operations 1 or similar)
- PHEC (Pre-Hospital Emergency Care) Medical qualification (or equivalent)
- Current full driving licence required
- Computer literate using Word, Excel and cloud-based computing products
Specialist skills and experience within one or more of the following areas:
- Search and rescue or emergency management
- Ability to produce a professional operational avalanche forecast
- Visitor information delivery and management
- Visitor hazard management systems
- Working at height or Industrial Rope Access
- Suitable guiding qualifications – NZMGA Hard Ice/Alpine Trekking/Ski Guide/Climbing Guide/IFMGA or recognized overseas equivalent
- Suitable instruction qualifications – NZOIA Bush 2/Alpine 2/Rock 2
- A logbook suitable for application to the NZMGA Ski and Climbing Guide pathways
- Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) 2/4 qualifications
- New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 6) OR recognized overseas equivalent (A3 Pro 2, CAA Operations 2 or similar) – or able to be completed in an agreed period
- Advanced first aid/medical qualification, eg EMT (or equivalent)
- Advanced risk management/avalanche terrain mapping/emergency management skills or qualifications
- University degree or proven administration skill
Mō te tīma | About the team
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.
Our team lives and works in the presence of Aoraki, son of Raki – the sky father, and Pokoharua-Te-Pō – the mother of storms. Aoraki/Mt Cook Village is a small community, in a privileged location in the heart of Aotearoa's outdoors. As a team, we often form strong friendships and spend much of our time together: socializing, recreating, and working. The team experiences its highs and lows together, treating quiet periods as times of opportunity. We support each other through hardship and celebrate each individual success as belonging to us all. We are a team of passionate and hardworking individuals, dedicated to making a difference through service to others. We strive for constant improvement, learn from our differences, and are focused on solutions not problems. We are grateful, so that we might learn to be great.
Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What's in it for you?
Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, creating an inclusive workplace culture, supporting the relationship between Māori and the Crown, and lifting our cultural capability. We encourage our people to bring their authentic self and unique perspectives to work, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:
- Flexible working opportunities suited to your role
- Career development, secondment and training opportunities to help you realise your goals
- Study assistance in programmes that are relevant to your work
- Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and discounted medical insurance
- Great discounts on DOC accommodation and outdoor apparel and gear so you're ready for your next adventure
- Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
Tono ināianei | Apply now
Submit a tailored CV and cover letter highlighting your relevant skills and experience.
The salary range for this position is $54,314 to $69,401 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.
Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday, 7 February 2023.
For further enquiries contact George Loomes, Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Job reference: 400/08542
Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
|Employer:||Department of Conservation|
|Location:||Aoraki Mt Cook|
|Category:||Police & emergency services|
|Attachment:||Role Description - Ranger, Search and Rescue.pdf (PDF, 207KB)
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