Rarely does a role like this become available in Department of Conservation even more rarely in Turangi. Located in the heart of the North Island at the southern end of Lake Taupo, Turangi surrounds feature rivers, the Tongariro National Park and Kaimanawa Ranges which offer activities such as trout fishing, skiing, hunting and camping which makes Turangi a pretty special place to work.
The Senior Ranger Biodiversity is a unique and exciting role that forms part of the District Leadership team. You are responsible for the strategic planning and prioritisation of the Biodiversity work programme in the Central Plateau.
Key Responsibilities will involve :
Planning and managing animal pest control programmes throughout the district, using a variety of methods. This will involve managing safely both staff and contractors to deliver effective animal pest control in highly valued ecological areas.
A current CSL and knowledge / experience of running pest control operations is highly desirable.
Leading monitoring work on a variety of native fauna and flora throughout the district. Experience with monitoring native species such as bats and native bird species would be desirable.
The position involves a mixture of office-based work as well as front and back-country field work so physical fitness, navigation experience and an ability to work outdoors in a range of conditions and habitats is an integral part of this position.
An ability to work efficiently and effectively within a team environment. This will include working with a range of work programmes, including compliance and science advisors as required.
Having good public relations skills, to communicate and build successful relationships with our communities, contractors, community groups, stakeholders and Iwi, Whanau and Hapu to sustain and grow conservation.
A bit about you.
We are looking for a positive, outgoing personality, someone who enjoys working in a close-knit team. Your ability to think strategically and act operationally will contribute to the successful planning and scheduling of work programmes across the district.
You will be confident interacting with people from all walks of life, and the have the natural ability to switch between tasks effortlessly.
There can be times when the workload will be high so you will need to be able to remain calm and focused and work well under pressure.
Key Skills :
Strong Communicator with the ability to interpret, explain and convey complex information.
Strong project management skills.
Self-aware and agile to adapt as the role requirements evolve.
Strong health and safety focus.
A current driving licences.
Along with recently being awarded New Zealand's second most attractive employer (first in the public service!) people like working for us because we offer :
A supportive and collaborative work environment.
Respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth.
Excellent employee well-being initiatives including employee assistance program and discounted insurance.
Free accommodation to our backcountry huts and campsites as well general travel accommodation discounts.
Job satisfaction from contributing to crucial and meaningful work.
Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.