Kaitiaki Whenua – Trainee Ranger
New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations)
Level 4

Kaitiaki Whenua – Trainee Ranger

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

    This means that you will now graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    22 July 2024
  • Study options

    Full-time only

  • Length

    52 weeks including 47 full-time teaching weeks (34 of which are on campus) and 5 weeks of study breaks

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2024: $5,613 plus $222 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Learn the core skills required to be a ranger, including how to build hiking tracks, animal and pest control, New Zealand ecology, and how to use the latest conservation technology.

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Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty in the outdoors as you learn the core skills required to become a ranger.

Work alongside the Department of Conservation and regional council staff to complete a mixture of practical and theory skills geared towards entry into a career in conservation.

Skills taught include:

  • Animal and pest control
  • Understanding New Zealand’s ecology
  • Using conservation technology
  • How to build and maintain hiking tracks

This 12-month programme is full-time. Classes are 9 am - 3 pm, 5 days a week, and you will be based at the NMIT Richmond campus.








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