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If you care about the environment and enjoy the outdoors, studying conservation is a great option for you.
Conservation is about protecting New Zealand’s natural ecosystems and supporting native wildlife. In our world of climate change and species loss, a career in conservation gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact on the planet.
The Trainee Ranger programme, starting in June, is the only one in the country that works in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC). This programme is also delivered as Project Moturoa, an initiative that connects Māori learners with local iwi and aims to produce graduates that can stand more firmly in both Te Ao Māori as well as Te Ao Pākehā.
You will learn the core skills required to be a ranger, including how to build tracks, animal and weed control, New Zealand ecology, and how to apply the latest technology in conservation work.
You will work alongside DOC and regional council staff, complete a summer work experience placement, and learn from expert tutors who are passionate about conservation.
At the end of the programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of two-year DOC contracts, which means going straight from study into a new career.
NMIT also deliver Conservation short courses delivered by DOC. These have been designed for people working in conservation looking after land-based field activities.
These activities may include work such as bush assessment, animal pest control and bird monitoring. The courses are run either online or as 2-4 day workshops at various locations throughout the year nation-wide.