Biodiversity Ranger – DoC Kaitaia
Vacancy number: 400/1120/1 and 400/1120/2
Position: Ranger Biodiversity A band
Employment type: Temporary
Group: Operations Group
Salary: We expect to make an appointment in the range $41,714- $52,632
Closing time/date: 25 June 2018 – 5.00 p.m.
New Zealand is the greatest living space on Earth | Kāore he wāhi i tua atu i a Aotearoa, hei wahi noho i te āo
DOC’s vision talks about New Zealand as the greatest place in which to live and the greatest environment for living creatures. The vision also reflects DOC’s commitment to sustainability and working in partnership – we need to take a long-term perspective on our work and engaging others. Conservation is part of delivering environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Our nature has shaped who we are. It is central to our Kiwi way of life and our national identity, and it underpins our economy.
Our nature will thrive when we all engage our hearts, hands and minds to conserve our unique environment. Protecting it lies in all of our hands.
Toitū te marae a Tāne-Mahuta, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata.
If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.
Conservation leadership for our nature | Tākina te hī, Tiakina, te hā o te Āo Tūroa
This statement describes our role in leading conservation across New Zealand. We won’t be doing it all but we will lead, support and influence what is done.
‘Conservation leadership for our nature’ recognises conservation’s contribution to New Zealand’s success – environmentally, but also more broadly; culturally, socially and economically.
‘Conservation leadership for our nature’ recognises the passion we have for conserving nature and also the connection we have to our natural environment – how we live in it and play in it. Our nature is part of our lifestyle. It refers to who we are as New Zealanders. It’s our identity.
The Te Reo translation implies that we need to take ownership and lead in the conservation space. The phrase implies a connectivity of the human heartbeat being in balance with the heartbeat of the nature and the natural world. We need to hear her, know her, and feel her, in order to understand how to best deliver in our role of providing a better future, a legacy, for those not yet born.
Working with others through whanaungatanga to inspire and deliver world-leading conservation:
• 90% of New Zealanders’ lives are enriched through connection to our nature
• Whānau, hapū and iwi are able to practise their responsibilities as kaitiaki of natural and cultural resources on public conservation lands and waters
• 50% of New Zealand’s natural ecosystems are benefiting from pest management
• 50 freshwater ecosystems are restored from ‘mountains to the sea’
• A nationwide network of marine protected areas is in place, representing New Zealand’s marine ecosystems
• 90% of our threatened species across New Zealand’s ecosystems are managed to enhance their populations
• The stories of 50 historic Icon Sites are told and protected
• 50% of international holiday visitors come to New Zealand to connect with our natural places
New Zealand’s natural environment underpins our lives and lifestyles. It is unique in the world and treasured by New Zealanders, but it is also fundamental to our prosperity.
Our economy, health and wellbeing, leisure pursuits and national identity all depend on our natural environment. We depend on natural resources like clean water, fertile soils and healthy ocean fisheries; we also depend on the natural services nature provides like protection from flooding and erosion.
As New Zealanders our cultural identity is also closely tied to our natural environment. It is part of what makes us who we are.
Given its huge economic, social and cultural importance, we can’t afford to take our environment for granted. Every New Zealander has a stake in nature and has a role to play in protecting it.
Despite our investments in conservation, our natural environment and ecosystems are facing huge challenges. We have more than 2,000 threatened species and many of our special natural places, including our waterways, are under threat.
DOC is working with communities, businesses, iwi and others around New Zealand and achieving some great conservation results. But we are not doing enough to stop the decline in native species and ecosystems. To really make a difference we all need to play our part.
About the Group
The Operations Group is organised into nine regions across New Zealand. Map of operations regions (PNG, 49K)
Each region is led by an Operations Director based in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Taupo, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Nelson, Hokitika and Invercargill.
The group looks after everything DOC manages locally including:
• pest control and threatened species management
• recreation work, i.e. tracks, camps and reserves
• visitor centres
• commercial opportunities and wildlife and collection permits
• Resource Management Act, statutory land management and management planning
• local community engagement including community conservation, education, events and media
• Strategic iwi relationships including Treaty settlements.
The Operations Group also includes planning, permissions and land teams, engineers, Pou Tairangahau, fire and compliance work.
Read more about our leadership roles and business groups here: http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-us/our-structure/business-groups/
About the Team
The Kaitaia District Biodiversity team has a strong focus on the protection of threaten flora and giant land snails in unique habitats at the top of the far north peninsular. Surville Cliffs, for example has 17 named endemic plant species and is considered one of New Zealand’s hot spots for plant biodiversity. Manawatawhi (the Three Kings Islands) a nature reserve 50 km NW of Cape Reinga is another unique habitat.
There are 18 permanent staff working in the Kaitaia District Operations team and up to 8 temporary or casual staff to ensure the delivery of the annual Business Plan. The Operations Manager oversees all the Department’s responsibilities at a district level and has five direct reports, 3 Senior Rangers and 2 Supervisors.
Senior Rangers provide technical input to the work programmes (Biodiversity, Recreation/Historic and Community Engagement) and assist to develop the annual business plan. Supervisors work with Senior Rangers to support Operations rangers to achieve priority conservation work, that link to the stretch goals above.
All work programmes are supported by two Administration Staff who are managed from the Whangarei Regional Office. Administration staff deal with public enquires, as well as supporting the Operations rangers with a variety of administration tasks.
Emphasis is focused on establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with Maori, other agencies and the wider community to ensure a collaborative approach to effective conservation management and delivery. The Te Hiku Treaty Settlement legislation recently passed has moved conservation management in the Kaitaia District into a new and dynamic space. A unique feature of the settlement is Te Korowai for Enhanced Conservation.
The name Te Korowai refers to the concept of a cloak of protection and is representative of the role that the hapū and marae of Te Hiku undertake as kaitiaki of the whenua (land) and taonga (treasures) within the entire taiao (environment), including Public Conservation Land. It is the intention for Te Korowai for Enhanced Conservation to provide a framework to recognise the historical, spiritual and cultural association Te Hiku iwi have with the conservation lands within their rohe. Discussions with Treaty Partners and the Kaitaia District Office is currently underway.
Another important concept is our vision for safety and wellbeing which is ‘Injury Free: Safe Home Every day.’ It is expected that all staff understand and follow the Department’s health and safety policies and procedures and up hold safe work practices when working alone, with other department staff or with members of the public.
The focus for these advertised ranger positions is to carry out field work and related office work to achieve the Business Plan for threatened species and ecosystems across the entire Kaitaia District. Biodiversity responsibilities include protection of species such as rata moehau, pupu harakeke, pupu rangi, Pittospotum serpentinum, Pterostylis puberula. Key tasks include predator control, weed control, education, fencing as well as emergency work (marine mammal and turtle stranding’s and rural fire control).
The successful applicants will ideally have:
• Practical experience in fencing, pest control (both weed and animal), and monitoring and surveying of threatened species
• A commitment to excellence – sets high personal and professional standards; assumes responsibility and accountability for the successful completion of assigned tasks
• Be physically fit, have, a can-do attitude and is someone who wants to get things done
• Superb relationship management and collaboration skills with iwi, public, stakeholders and staff
• Initiative – develops new, innovative yet practical ideas, rethinking how to approach work. Takes action to achieve results beyond what is normally called for; looks for opportunities to improve own and the Department’s performance
• Problem solving – able to resolve issues in the field, secures relevant information, identifies key issues and relationships from a base of information; sees the ‘whole’ of the situation and the connections; makes sound decisions and recommendations
• A full drivers licence is needed. A First Aid Certificate, Growsafe with approved handlers, Pest Operative Monitoring qualifications, 4×4, LUV, GPS skills and an understanding and knowledge of the Weeds Database and Trapping App are desirable.
• A tertiary qualification related to natural heritage, science or conservation management could be an advantage.
This position operates from the Kaitaia District Office in the Far North. The Kaitaia District covers an area stretching from north, of the Hokianga Harbour (West) and Kaeo (East), up to the iconic Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua) and then northwest to Manawatawhi.
Kaitaia is the main service town for the Far North District. It has a variety of shops and a supermarket, as well as an excellent community centre and theatre complex. Kaitaia has a secondary school and is in easy reach of some of the New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches. The Far North is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts offering everything from hunting, diving, fishing, surfing and hiking.
Kaitaia is 1 hour north of the Bay of Islands with Whangarei (the nearest city) a 2-hour drive to the south. A lot of the work undertaken by the Biodiversity rangers is located in the Te Paki region, 1.5 hours north of Kaitaia. A field base and worker accommodation is maintained at Te Paki. There is an expectation that rangers will start and end the week in Kaitaia however to ensure efficiency it is expected that rangers will stay away overnight when work requires this. Often this could mean spending the entire week away from home especially if work is scheduled in Te Paki or in Warawara.
Pre-Employment Background Checks
Should you be the successful applicant for a position, you may be required to undertake a range of pre-employment background checks. The level of background checks required will depend on the level and type of position you are appointed to and could include the following:
• Reference checks
• Qualification check
• Credit history
• Pre-employment drug testing
• Criminal conviction history
• Police vetting
• Security clearance
Prior to employment you will also be asked to read and agree to comply with the Use of DOC Technology Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and read a copy of the Standards of Integrity and Conduct, which sets out the behaviour expected of everyone who wants to work for the Department.
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