Pukeiti Ranger

We have an exciting opportunity for a passionate and ambitious Pukeiti Ranger, to elevate the vision to enable future generations to enjoy this world class garden and rainforest. This a permanent full time role working Thursday-Monday. 


About us

We are an enthusiastic bunch of people at Taranaki Regional Council, helping the region continue to be an enviable place to live, play and do business. Our mission is to work for a thriving Taranaki by promoting the sustainable use, development and protection of our natural and physical resources, and advocating for the region’s best interests.

Pukeiti is an international garden and rainforest and of the total area of 360 hectares, 25 hectares grows the most diverse collection of rhododendrons in the world. The property has recently undergone major development works and is experiencing significant visitor growth which means it’s an exciting time to come on board!


About the Role


The role of the Pukeiti Ranger is very unique and varied. It covers three areas; the Rainforest, the People and the Gardens. This role is ideal for someone who has experience in Predator Free work, an  interest in horticulture/gardening and ideally has a tradesperson skillset.

You will be undertaking Predator Free work programmes, track maintenance and implementing the Pukeiti Biodiversity Plan in our stunning Rainforest. As people come to visit Pukeiti you will be sharing stories and knowledge with our people in different forms and also maintaining an active relationship with tangata whenua. If you are not in the rainforest you will be working with Pukeiti staff and wider Regional Gardens team to help present world class garden experiences.

Within this role there will also be some building and facilities maintenance and projects. Examples of this would be maintaining the water system, carpentry tasks and general facilities maintenance. The ability to operate and maintain a wide range of powered hand tools as well experience in tractor and ATV use would be a strong advantage for this role.


Mōu | About you

This varied and interesting role requires someone with energy, enthusiasm and excellent project management skills. You will need to be versatile, resourceful and have exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills. Ideally you would love the outdoors, along with having a good level of fitness and an ability to do some heavy lifting. An appropriate qualification and relevant experience in biosecurity/biodiversity would be an advantage and a current driver's license is essential.

We like to set people up for success so you'll be a leading applicant if you have the following:

  • Knowledge of field techniques in predator monitoring and management
  • Appropriate and current licences and certificates for relevant aspects of the position, for example current Controlled Substance Licence and Growsafe
  • Practical experience in garden maintenance and knowledge of New Zealand flora and fauna
  • Awareness and understanding of Maori history, tikanga, Te Ao Māori, Te Ao Pakeha and Te Reo Māori
  • Proven reporting ability, both oral and written
  • Demonstrable experience as a tradesperson or a career with similar skillset

This position is full time working Thursday to Monday.

What's on offer?

Not only is Pukeiti a stunning location to work in; we also have an active social club, additional leave days, and great internal support functions to help you focus on what's important. And the best part is working alongside fantastic people who are truly dedicated to the Taranaki region!

Interested? Here’s how to apply

Apply using the link below, fill out your application form and add your CV and cover letter. Further details on the role can be found below on the Position Description link, or for any other questions please contact Karen Smylie, HR Manager on (06) 765 7127. 

Applications close on Wednesday 19th January 2022 and must be made directly through this website. 

Please note we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we have received sufficient applications. Please submit your applications as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

The Council is committed to the concept of equal employment opportunities.


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Permanent Full Time

Job no: LVAI17481

Location: Pukeiti

Closing Date: Wednesday, 19 January 2022