Ranger – Rakiura|Stewart Island

  • Has Rakiura / Stewart Island been on your bucket list?  Now is your opportunity to live, work, and play in this truly untouched part of Aotearoa whilst still being able to go to the gym, get a good coffee, a beer, or travel back to the mainland regularly.
  • Kick start or progress your conservation career in roles with an unparalleled opportunity to gain a diverse portfolio of skills.
  • Variety of roles available looking for a diverse set of skills.  Check them out now!


Rakiura/Stewart Island is the southernmost and smallest island of the three main islands of Aotearoa / New Zealand. It’s a 20-minute flight from Invercargill or a one-hour ferry ride from Bluff.  Stewart Island is wild, beautiful, and offers a glimpse into a simpler, slower lifestyle, in rhythm with the sea and tides, attuned to the natural world of bush and beach. Roughly 85% of the island forms the wild and enchanting Rakiura National Park.  One of the Island’s exciting community projects is Predator Free Rakiura which is an ambitious and courageous project to help the community and nature thrive together by removing predators.


The Rakiura community is a glimpse of old-fashioned Aotearoa, with strong values and the opportunity to be easily welcomed and integrated.  You may spend your days off hunting, fishing, kayaking, tramping, running, diving or with photography – to name just a few of the hobbies of our current Rangers, especially with long summer days.  You will have a new definition for your daily commute with many unique ways of travelling around the island.  For work trips this is most likely by boat, dinghy, LUV, or helicopter.


As mentioned above, you can get a good coffee, go for a beer, head to the gym, or leave the Island any time of the day.  Check out some information about living on the Island which is attached or here at www.stewartisland.co.nz


He angitūtanga | About the roles

You will be exposed to natural ecosystems and pristine clear waters with a marine reserve located close by in Patersons Inlet, a rain forest, a plethora of flora and fauna where wildlife is thriving (seals, parrots, penguins, kiwi, weka, kaka). Working in the Rakiura office, you will be supported by a friendly and passionate team.

Rangers working on Rakiura are supported to gain a diverse set of skills such as:

  • Boating skills
  • Working with Helicopters
  • Plant recognition
  • Bird counts
  • Practical aspects of pest control
  • Trapping
  • Field trip logistics
  • Leadership of field teams
  • Resourcefulness
  • Chainsaw skills
  • Working at heights
  • Customer engagement
  • Most importantly will be growth in your confidence and skills.


We have a variety of roles available, all with a slightly different focus.  These are listed below, but in whatever role you have, you will work to support the whole Rakiura work programme and be exposed to a variety of different experiences.


Check out the roles we have below and follow the link to see more information and apply:


1 Permanent role within Heritage and Visitors, with a focus on leading some of the work for our tracks and huts while supporting our Hut Rangers

https://careers.doc.govt.nz/jobs/DOC-400-09741-SI – 400 09741


2 Permanent Ranger roles with a focus on Heritage and Visitors supporting the maintenance and smooth running of our huts and tracks and other work on the Island.

https://careers.doc.govt.nz/jobs/DOC-400-09746-SI – 400 09746 or 400 09737


2 Permanent Ranger roles with a focus on Biodiversity work such as trapping, weed control or pest species management (both plant and animal)

https://careers.doc.govt.nz/jobs/DOC-400-09732-SI – 400 09732 or 400 09731


Housing is available on the island in shared DOC accommodation


Mō mātou | About us

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate) guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.


Ko ngā hua | What we offer

We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

  • DOC perks: Free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites, visitor centres product discounts, outdoor apparel, and gear discounts (including Bivouac Outdoor, Macpac, Mountain Avenue…)
  • Opportunity to develop and grow your skills within the local group and wider organisation
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Active employee networks including Te Kāwai Aho Tapu – Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit a tailored CV and cover letter to the role(s) you are interested in via the links above.  Making sure to highlight your relevant skills, experience, and alignment to our Kaupapa.


Me he pātai anō | Further enquiries contact: Debbie Fahey, Senior Recruitment Advisor at dfahey@doc.govt.nz or 027 2862746

Taupānga| Job Reference: 1657476 (400 09741/400 09732 or 400 09731/400 09746 or 400 09737)

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