Ranger, River Restoration

Department of Conservation

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Manawatū-Whanganui

We have an exciting opportunity for a Ranger, (River restoration) to lead the Department's river work in the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River) catchment. This role will present you with the opportunity to contribute to pioneering a world first River Restoration Strategy and make a real difference to New Zealand's freshwater biodiversity.

Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims) Settlement Act 2017 ushered in a unique and ground-breaking legal framework to enhance the health and wellbeing of the Whanganui River catchment. The Settlement has gained huge national and international interest for the unique manner in which it has integrated indigenous values within a western legal framework.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

As a river restoration ranger, you will quickly identify the key players in the Te Awa Tupua catchment and work with them to develop and build upon, the existing vision for a restored catchment. You will lead the crafting of measurable objectives and drive the implementation of actions to achieve those objectives drawing on your experience of delivery and reporting of operational projects.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will need to be a skilled project manager with a work style that maintains momentum on projects to see deliverables achieved. You are someone who loves to connect technical knowledge to practical on-the-ground restoration initiatives to achieve resilient outcomes.

You will thrive in a role that is about connecting people and working in partnership. We are looking for proven relationship management experience in working across agencies, community groups and with iwi/ hapū/whānau.

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 flexible working options, the ability to sometimes work from home or slightly adjust regular business hours as long as the work gets done.
  • 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 Central North Island Region and beyond.

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. 

For any queries, please contact Peter Lock, plock@doc.govt.nz or phone 027 536 6785 quoting vacancy 400/3854.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 13 July 2020.

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


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