Ranger, Biodiversity, Operations Group, Kerikeri
Department of Conservation
Bay of Islands
Are you a great team member team who is passionate about working with others to grow understanding and increase the value New Zealander's see in conservation? We have a vacancy for a Ranger in our Biodiversity team in the Bay of Islands.
As a Ranger you have defined responsibilities including the ability to plan and implement biodiversity work programmes relating to:
• Maintaining pest free status of Ipipiri (Eastern Bay of Islands) undertaking rodent surveillance and leading responses to incursions
• Control, handling and training of a rodent dog for pest detection work locally, regionally and nationally as part of the conservation dogs programme including data base recording and report writing for all surveillance and incursion work undertaken
• Completing Biosecurity inspections of people, goods or vessels travelling to pest free islands
• Biosecurity advocacy and engagement with the public, landowners and tour operators
• Assisting with other biodiversity work eg animal and plant pest control and threatened species work
Your skills and experience will be vitally important in your role implementing the biosecurity/biodiversity work programme involving community groups, iwi and volunteers doing conservation work.
The successful applicant will have:
• excellent relationship skills and be an enthusiastic team member
• strong health and safety culture
• high level of agility and physical fitness
• own or be prepared to take on and look after a rodent detection dog.
• a tertiary qualification in an environmental science field
• experience in trapping and rodent surveillance
• at least three years field experience some working on islands, in the backcountry or remote areas
• ability to work as a team leader, team member or on your own
• ability to work away from home contributing to the national conservation dog programme
• IT technical skills such as computer, GPS, GIS mapping and use of apps
• ability to convey key biosecurity messages to a variety of audiences and keenness to promote Pest Free NZ
• experience in handling small vessels would be an advantage
• knowledge and experience in quarantine procedures and incursion response
• understanding and appreciation of te reo and tikanga.
• Full current drivers' license and first aid certificate