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Kaiaka Taiao (Ranger)

Kaiaka Taiao (Ranger)

Closing on: Jun 25, 2024

About Us

We are a kaupapa Māori, not-for-profit organisation based in Otago that works for mana whenua in the areas of environment, health, social services, and cultural and economic development. Our mission is to create pathways to a better future for Kāi Tahu, iwi Māori, and our wider communities. We ensure that mana whenua values are authentically integrated into the cultural, economic, social and environmental fabric of our region. We are driven by the vision of our five Papatipu Rūnaka shareholders to achieve their aspirations and exercise their rakatirataka, facilitated through Aukaha’s advocacy and support.

We are owned and governed by five Kāi Tahu papatipu rūnaka:

  • Te Rūnanga o Waihao
  • Te Rūnanga o Moeraki
  • Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki
  • Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou
  • Hokonui Rūnanga

About You

You are passionate about environmental conservation and have a strong connection to the land. You understand the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem restoration and are eager to contribute to meaningful conservation projects. You have physical fitness, resilience, and an enthusiastic attitude, enabling you to work outdoors in various weather conditions. You are a team player who can also work independently, and you value effective communication and cultural sensitivity. Your  willingness to learn about tikaka, te reo Māori, and matauraka Māori will be crucial in this role.

The Role – Kaiaka Taiao

Please note, we are seeking to fill two positions, both of which are fixed term until 20 December 2024

We are seeking two Kaiaka Taiao (Rangers) to join our team and contribute to two vital conservation projects: Maintaining the Gains and Toitū Te Hakapupu. Your role will involve protecting biodiversity in QEII Covenants throughout Otago and restoring the mauri and health of the Pleasant River system through native planting and site maintenance. Reporting to the Kaiārahi (Team Lead), you will work closely with various stakeholders, including the Otago Regional Council, local landowners, and the Department of Conservation.

Skills & Experience

  • Physical fitness: Ability to work outdoors in different weather conditions.
  • Environmental passion: Understanding of the importance of revegetation and pest plant control.
  • Teamwork & communication: Strong skills in working effectively with others and communicating clearly.
  • Adaptability: Ability to thrive in a dynamic and physically demanding environment.
  • Technical skills: Experience with hand tools, power tools (e.g., chainsaws, weed eaters), and GPS tracking.
  • Cultural competence: Knowledge or willingness to learn about Ngāi Tahu Whānui, tikanga, and Te Reo Māori.
  • Safety awareness: Commitment to health and safety protocols.
  • Attention to detail: Ability to follow instructions accurately and record work completed for reporting.
  • Practical skills: Experience or willingness to develop skills in chemical handling, chainsaw operation, 4WD operation, and navigation.

Desirable Experience:

  • Experience in conservation, ecological restoration, or landscape-scale weed control.
  • Prior work in planting teams or ecological projects.

Aukaha is guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi in committing to bicultural responsiveness, equal employment opportunities and workforce development. We offer a competitive salary and scope to develop your skills, generous leave entitlements (including a paid day off work on your Birthday!) and professional development opportunities to ensure your continued growth. With a flexible and autonomous working environment, we also provide staff benefits that ensure a good work-life balance.

If this opportunity aligns with your skills and passion, we invite you to apply and join our dedicated team. We are looking to fill these positions promptly and will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, inviting shortlisted candidates for interviews. Don’t hesitate —apply now for this exciting role!

Applications close on Tuesday 25 June at 11.59pm

Job Description
Job Type: Fixed Term Full Time
Job Location: Dunedin

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