Conservation Worker Hiking New Zealand North Canterbury Up to 4 positions
Fixed-term, full-time position for minimum 12 months with prospects of further employment beyond this term.
Hiking New Zealand is a hiking guiding company that through Jobs For Nature funding has redeployed its workforce in nature conservation. This work currently mostly involves predator control in Arthurs Pass National Park to help protect the the critically endangered k?k?riki karaka/orange fronted parakeet, as well as some wilding conifer control in partnership with the Department of Conservation. Long term engagement of the business in the conservation and environmental sectors is planned.
The work role involves: Monitoring predator tracking tunnels, checking traps and servicing of trap lines in the Hawdon, Andrews and Poulter River valleys in Arthurs Pass National Park and the South Branch Hurunui River. Felling of pest trees and application of herbicide, and other conservation tasks as directed by DOC in the DOC Waimakariri District area.
Attributes... we consider essential in applicants are: Preparedness to spend up to 10 days at a time away from home in the backcountry working outdoors in all weathers for as long as it remains safe to do so. A high level of physical fitness and resilience when faced by physical and environmental challenges in situations where you will often be working alone. A genuine interest in and motivation to work in nature conservation. Self-reliance. Personally motivated with independent organisational, planning and management skills. Teamwork skills that enable thorough analysis of relevant information and team process in decision making. Willingness to engage in workplace training and assessment for NZQA unit standard credits and national qualifications.
We would also prefer applicants to have: Skills and experience in the outdoors through pursuits such as camping, tramping, climbing or hunting. Health and safety awareness. Competent in identifying, assessing and managing risk in the outdoors. Conservation (biodiversity) knowledge, work skills and experience, in particular; animal pest control, and weed control.
Although full training in these aspects will be provided to suitable applicants.
There is potential for applicants with extensive logged experience in the outdoors and qualifications or attestation of competency in outdoor leadership/guiding/instruction to be appointed to a more senior leadership role.
Salary commences at $42,000 based on the Living Wage rate.