Ranger, (Whanganui Journey Hut/ Campsite), (Temporary), (2), Operations Group, Whanganui
Department of Conservation
Wanganui, NZ
6d ago
source : Jobnos

The Whanganui Journey is unique as it is the only Great Walk traversed by water, following the Whanganui River for 145km between Taumarunui and Pipiriki and showcasing the lush forests of the Whanganui National Park.

Visitors typically paddle the Whanganui Journey in 3-5 days.

Tīeke Kāinga is one of many old pā on the Whanganui Journey. Today it provides a well-used hut and campsite for paddlers as well as an active marae, offering a one-

off experience for visitors to the Whanganui River.

We have 2 opportunities for the coming summer season for hut rangers to join our team hosting visitors and maintain the campsite and hut at Tieke Kainga.

The successful applicants will work in the Recreation / Historic Team as one of two part-time Whanganui Journey Tīeke Kāinga Hut Rangers (a maximum of 72 hours per fortnight).

Each warden rotates through the season with eight-days at the hut on a fortnightly basis.

A key part of the hut ranger role is to host visitors and ensure that they are managed well during their visit and are safe on the Whanganui Journey.

Tieke is a place that holds strong cultural values to te whanau o Tieke and our hut rangers are asked to educate visitors and endeavour to uphold the tikanga of the site.

You may also be required to complete hut, campsite and track maintenance throughout the Whanganui National Park at other key sites.

The ideal candidate will have :

  • Have an ability to live and work in an isolated situation. To work effectively without supervision on a wide variety of tasks and be able to problem solve and work through issues in isolation when necessary;
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to work individually and in a team with the willingness and capacity to interact, liaise and consult with a variety of people;
  • A strong understanding of Māori cultural perspectives and the tikanga of the Tīeke Kāinga marae; Individuals from Te Whānau o Tīeke are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • A team player. The team that looks after the tracks and huts is small and rely on each other to achieve tasks. The ability to display good team behaviours, open and honest communication and collaboration to achieve our tasks, both on and off site, are critical for this role.
  • Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form and be familiar with and confident in the use of VHF radio systems;
  • Have a practical background with the ability, skills and physical fitness to be able to carry out routine maintenance and building / plant repairs, track construction and maintenance and weed / animal control as required throughout the Whanganui National park;
  • Have the confidence and resourcefulness to cope with a variety of situations involving people (e.g. law enforcement), interpretation, visitor safety and other staff generally;
  • Physical fitness is a must, and an ability to work on cleaning and maintaining visitor facilities.
  • Accurate diary keeping, reporting and basic computer skills.
  • 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 CV and supporting cover letter.

    For more information please contact Jim Campbell on jcampbell doc.govt.nz quoting vacancy 400 / 3840T.

    Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 23 September 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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