Ranger Biodiversity
Department of Conservation
Geraldine, New Zealand
1d ago

The Geraldine / Raukapuka Operations team has an exciting opportunity available for a self-motivated but team focused person to join us as a Biodiversity Ranger for a period up to 38 months (end date will be 30 June 2024).

Are you someone who loves the outdoors, is passionate about conservation in New Zealand and have a proven ability for organising and delivering work, then this is the job for you!

He angitūtanga : About the Role

As a Ranger, Biodiversity you will be joining our talented Biodiversity team carrying out critical natural heritage conservation work programmes across the District.

You will be actively working across a range of different projects including :

  • Animal and plant pest control programmes;
  • Ecosystem restoration;
  • Threatened species management.
  • Your day to day work will take you across the district, carrying out biodiversity work programmes on and off public conservation land, according to work plans.

    Your skills and experience in natural heritage work will be of great help to others and your work will include teaching, coaching, supporting and / or overseeing Rangers, community groups and volunteers doing conservation work in the field

    He kōrero mōu : What we are looking for

    Someone who is comfortable working in the field or in the office and wants to make a difference for conservation in South Canterbury.

    The successful applicant will have :

  • A natural heritage or conservation management qualification; or
  • 3-4 years' experience in the practical management of threatened plant and animal populations and the execution of pest control operations; or
  • Specialist experience / qualifications in either marine, freshwater, pest control or threatened plant and animal populations;
  • Strong health and safety focus.
  • Ideally you will have proven experience in :

  • Knowledge of plant and animal control methods;
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with attention to detail and commitment to achieving team objectives;
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances when organising work programs;
  • Physically fit and willing to work in the field when required;
  • Good back country skills;
  • A current full drivers licence;
  • Ability to interpret GIS information, produce maps and use hand held GPS devices and / or smart phone apps.
  • Desired :

  • Current First Aid Certificate;
  • Current Light Utility Vehicle and / or 4WD vehicle qualifications;
  • Current Growsafe Standard Certificate;
  • Current Controlled Substances Licence for Pindone and / or Cyanide or experience in using Pindone for rabbit control and / or cyanide for possum / wallaby control.
  • 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 a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

    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 District.

    Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

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