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Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation – Learn Bird Care

Learn Bird Care offer training and workshops including Bird Rescue 101 and Introduction to Rehabilitation.  Check out their website to learn more and book a place at the next workshop.

Environmental Management Courses – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

Turn your love of the outdoors into a career protecting New Zealand’s waterways, coastlines, national parks and reserves, or working with organisations to promote sustainability. Our environment courses, supported by local industry and Iwi, provide you with the understanding and tools to work in a wide range of environmental, resource management and conservation fields. You’ll enjoy awesome field trips and lots of practical work to help prepare you for your career, and make lifelong friends who love the great outdoors like you do. See more at

Conservation & Biodiversity Management – Unitec

As our human footprint increasingly makes its mark on the planet, conservation experts are in demand. Study conservation and biodiversity management at Unitec and you’ll learn how to examine ecosystems and advise on the sustainable management of land. It’s great preparation for a rewarding career protecting our natural environment.

Animal Health and Welfare – Unitec

Do you love animals? Animal welfare courses at Unitec prepare you for a satisfying career working with creatures great and small. Whether you’re interested in canine behaviour and training, zoo-keeping, or veterinary nursing, there are lots of areas to specialise in when it comes to caring for animals.

Trainee Ranger Certificate – NMIT

NMIT is the only tertiary institution in the country that works in partnership with the Department of Conservation to deliver the Trainee Ranger Certificate. Graduates have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of two-year ranger trainee contracts within DOC or seek employment in local and regional councils, nature tourism ventures, biodiversity work or zoos.

Department of Conservation field-based courses

These field based courses are face-to-face practical courses for anyone that works or wants to work or volunteer in conservation.  They are suitable for volunteers, funding recipients, territorial authority and regional council staff, or members of community groups and trusts.  To attend any of these courses you need to enrol with the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). The courses are delivered and administered by NMIT in partnership with DOC. 

Department of Conservation Online Courses

The Department of Conservation offer a range of on online courses that can be done by anyone, anytime, and are free of charge (Adobe Flash is required). The courses offered include;