Careers in conservation & the environment

Conservation Ranger – Nelmac Kūmānu – Nelson

  • Permanent
  • Nelson

Website Nelmac Kūmānu

Nelmac Kūmānu are proud to contribute to the wellbeing of New Zealand communities; our people are kaitiaki of our natural and built environments working to enhance our environment for community wellbeing.

Your primary role will be to carry out Conservation tasks such as:

  • Weed control and vegetation clearance as well as maintenance of the local regions recreational track network.
  • It also may include planting during the Winter months.
  • You will use chainsaws, scrub cutters and light machinery, as well as apply herbicides, which may include a knapsack or tank sprayer on steep and challenging terrain.

This is a hands-on physical role, which is at times repetitive. You will also be required to be outdoors in all weather conditions; thus, we expect you to be physically fit and motivated to work in these environments.

We’re looking for someone with practical experience in the conservation/outdoor environment. We’re also open to applications from those ready to take the next step in their career who can lead a team on-site.

Ideally, the successful applicant will have the following:

  • An interest in native plant/pest plant identification.
  • A good level of health and safety awareness with a positive attitude.

Advantageous (but not essential) if you have:

  • Experience using hand tools and light machinery, ideally with NZQA credits.
  • Four-wheel drive experience is an advantage (WTR preferable, digger experience would be an advantage).
  • Grow safe certificate.
  • Chainsaw and tree felling qualifications with experience.

Why Join Us

  • This is a great opportunity to grow your career as we are committed to upskilling and developing staff.
  • In addition, we have a great staff discount scheme.

Please apply through our website on the Nelmac careers page ( with your CV and cover letter.

If you have any questions regarding the role or would like a copy of the position description please email:

Please note that applicants must have a current full drivers’ licence, NZ residency/citizenship or a valid NZ work visa and will be required to undergo pre-employment medical and drug screening, background and ACC checks.

Applications close when a suitable candidate is recruited.


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