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Senior Ranger, Recreation/Historic, Operations, Greymouth

Department of Conservation
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Is your background in conservation, working with visitor facilities and historic assets? Are you passionate about the outdoors and sharing your skills and knowledge with others?  Does the idea of planning and developing innovative work plans for visitors across a diverse landscape including historic sites; front country; backcountry alpine/bush environments and being involved in developing the department newest and first shared use Great Walk appeal to you?  If so, the beautiful Mawhera is calling you.


The Mawhera Operations Manager is looking for a highly experienced person to join the Visitor / Historic team based in Greymouth. This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to set the direction and focus of Visitor & Historic work in the Greymouth District. The Paparoa track (Great Walk) is to open in September 2019 providing a great opportunity for the successful candidate to be involved in establishing and managing the first ever purpose built, shared use track for walking and mountain biking.


The Mawhera Greymouth District extends from the Taramakau river in the south to Lake Brunner, inland to Reefton's Victoria Conservation Park, through to the beautiful Maruia valley and Lewis Pass in the north. As Senior Ranger (Visitor & Historic) your focus is providing support to the Operations Manager through leading the planning and allocation of our Visitor and Historic work across a diverse range of ecosystems including coastal, large scale contiguous forests ecosystems (beech and podocarp/hardwood) and other significant natural areas and protected ecosystems within the District.


You will have leadership responsibilities including the planning and allocation of maintenance and capital work programmes relating to:

  • Visitor work at amenity / camp sites, tracks, structures, bridges and huts.
  • Historic maintenance and restoration work plans;


The successful applicant will have

  • Well-developed relationship management skills
  • Project/contract management and budget management skills and experience, including non-financial performance reporting
  • A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience and achievements in recreation or cultural heritage management
  • Extensive experience in the practical management of historic and recreation assets
  • Experience in planning annual and monthly work plans and communicating them to supervisors to ensure successful delivery
  • A working knowledge and experience with asset management information systems
  • Experience in operating online system software i.e. AMIS, SAP, DOCGIS, DOC Business Planning Software.
  • Skills in coaching, training and supporting staff and the acquisition of technical knowledge.
  • Ability to work and build successful relationships with Iwi, Whanau & Hapu to sustain and grow conservation.
  • Ability to work and build successful relationships and partnerships with the community, stakeholders, business and local government.
  • Skills and experience in working collaboratively with others to deliver and achieve conservation outcomes.


Please apply online Stating position you wish to apply for.  Applications must include a cover letter and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description. 


For more information please contact: Shane Hall on 0272235045, or phone 03 7680427 quoting vacancy 400/6230


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 21 January 2019.


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

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