• Are you someone who loves the outdoors, values our freshwater environment, is flexible, practical and enjoys working with people?
  • Do you want a role that has the best of both worlds – a mix of field and office work, protecting our freshwater environment? 

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

At Te Papa Atawhai (DOC) we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives. Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our relationship with our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our work.

About the Role

You will be working on our unique and sometimes endangered freshwater species. You will conduct field surveys to understand the threats and protect the populations.  You will develop and lead a programme of work each year with the support of your Supervisor and Senior Rangers. You will be an advocate for the fish species and freshwater streams and enjoy collaborating with colleagues, community, iwi and local partners to establish enduring relationships to share information and knowledge you have obtained.

The role is based at the DOC Renwick office, however travel throughout South Marlborough and the Northern South Island is required.

As part of the role you will be responsible for:

  • Preparing annual operational workplans and prescriptions to deliver freshwater biosecurity and migratory fish programmes.
  • Carrying out surveillance, monitoring and reporting activities across the district and region.
  • Reporting on annual operational workplan outcomes.
  • Planning and implementing freshwater pest control operations.
  • Traveling within the DOC district/region, or neighbouring regions to carry out programme activities.
  • managing technical contracts if required.
  • Supporting the Senior Ranger and Supervisor with budget management.
  • Collaborating with and coordinating cross-functional groups that may involve local government agencies, interest groups, Iwi partners and landowners when delivering work programmes.
  • Ensuring all work programme activities seek support from DOC freshwater migratory fish coordinators, and technical and science advisors.
  • Building and sustaining productive work networks both within DOC and with external partners and stakeholders.

What we are looking for

With your positive, outgoing, passionate personality you will fit right into the motivated Marlborough team. You will enjoy hard work and pitching in to help your team members with other conservation tasks when needed.  You will have a passion for biodiversity work and experience with freshwater environments and electric fishing. Your skills and experience will have given you the tools to be able to undertake surveys, identify trends, and collate and report on data.  You will have experience working with whānau, hapū and iwi, and excellent interpersonal, communication, engagement, and relationship management skills.


  • A full drivers licence
  • The ability to work autonomously
  • Relevant Tertiary Qualification

Above all, we are looking for someone who feels inspired and connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.

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 our organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.
  • Excellent development opportunities across the Department.