Kaitiaki Whenua Trainee Ranger
Level 4

Kaitiaki Whenua Trainee Ranger

  • Fees Free eligible programme

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  • Locations and dates


    10 February 2020
    Project Moturoa
    15 June 2020
    Trainee Ranger
  • 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

    $5,338 plus $240 Student Services Levy

    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

    NZ2963 - New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations) (Level 4)

NMIT is the only tertiary institute in the country that works in partnership with Department of Conservation (DOC) to provide graduates with this Kaitiaki Whenua Trainee Ranger programme.

Skills acquired on the programme lead to a range of work opportunities as a ranger and other outdoor occupations.

There are now two delivery models for this programme.

Project Moturoa

  • A full time 10 month programme with marae-based noho throughout the year.
  • You will learn key skills on, or near, your main classroom base for up to 3 weeks. You will then move on to bring those skills to one of the iwi, working on a project for that iwi, relating to the newly gained skills.
  • The time with iwi is noho marae and includes a deep cultural briefing of the history and teachings of that particular iwi.
  • For this intake it is assumed you are already actively connected with your hapu.
  • Successful graduates will transition into employment, cadetships or further education.

Trainee Ranger

  • A campus based programme  that runs Monday to Friday and over one year from June to June. 
  • As part of the programme you will do a summer work placement as well as off campus training days, usually once a fortnight, to work alongside DOC, regional council staff or to be tutored by experts in specific areas of learning.
  • As part of this programme Department of Conservation offer a set number of two year contracts to graduates every year.
  • Apply early as interviews start to take place in March and applications close on 30 March prior to the June intake of that year.
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