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Senior Ranger, Biodiversity, Operations Group, Auckland

Department of Conservation
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Job Description

The Department of Conservation is seeking applicants for the position of Senior Ranger, Biodiversity.  This is an exciting opportunity for a biodiversity specialist who is a skilled communicator and excellent time manager.  The role is critical in providing advice and support to the Operations Manager and the wider team on a range of biodiversity topics.


The Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Mainland is a complex district covering the area from Te Arai and Manukapua in the north, to Mangatawhiri and Waiuku in the south.  The district also manages five marine reserves in the Hauraki Gulf and plays a critical role in managing New Zealand's rarest native breeding bird the tara-iti/ fairy tern.


As Senior Ranger, Biodiversity for the Tāmaki Makaurau Mainland District, work will be focussed across the district covering a diverse range of threatened species and ecosystems including marine, coastal, and diverse remnants of kauri/podocarp forests.  

The successful applicant will be able to condense a large amount of technical information into sound advice substantiated by clear scientific evidence and pragmatic approaches. 


This role will suit an exceptional relationship manager with high importance placed on working with iwi, hapu and whanau.  The successful applicant will demonstrate a good understanding of Treaty Settlements in Tāmaki Makaurau and have a passion for continuous improvement in how we work with our Treaty Partners.   

Essential skills include strong communication, relationship agility, competency in using project management tools, excellent planning and organising skills, ecosystem monitoring experience and a sound understanding of health and safety systems. The successful appointee to the position will be based in Warkworth.


The successful applicant will have defined leadership responsibilities including the ability to plan and authorise technical work programmes relating to:

  • Threatened species management
  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Animal and plant pest control programmes
  • Health and safety systems and practises.


The successful applicant will have:

  • An ability to work and build successful relationships with iwi, whanau & hapu to grow conservation as kaitiaki on whenua managed as public conservation land
  • Relationship management experience
  • Project and contract management experience
  • Budget management experience
  • A natural heritage or conservation management qualification
  • Extensive experience in the practical management of flora and fauna is essential
  • Specialist experience/qualifications in freshwater, pest control, threatened plants and/or species
  • Experience in operating online system software i.e. sap, ArcGIS, Napalis
  • Skilled at coaching, training and supporting staff and the acquisition of technical knowledge
  • An ability to work and build successful relationships with community, stakeholders and local government to grow and protect Te Taiao through joint partner initiatives
  • Experience of working as part of a team with an ability to work in partnership to deliver and achieve conservation outcomes across the district
  • Firearms licence
  • Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL)
  • Physically fit to respond to fires


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 Olivia Keane on quoting vacancy 400/9710 Biodiversity Senior Ranger Mainland

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 16 December 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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