Do you have what it takes to be a park ranger?

Publish Date : 23 Aug 2019
Do you have what it takes to be a park ranger

Applications are closing soon for Auckland Council’s student park ranger summer internship. There are 14 three-month positions up for grabs!

Students who have recently graduated or are currently studying conservation, environmental management, landscaping, recreation, tourism or other relevant areas, and want to gain valuable on-the-job experience, should apply now via

No two days are the same

With an influx of parkgoers and holidaymakers over the summer period, student rangers play a key role in helping people make the most of Auckland’s beautiful regional parkland.

No two days are the same, as student rangers can assist with customer service, bylaw enforcement, weed and pest control, kauri dieback management, nursery work, farming, track maintenance and machinery handling.  

Auckland Council Park Ranger Molly D’Ath completed the student ranger internship last summer, based at Āwhitu Regional Park.

“I was studying a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Earth Sciences at the time and saw the internship as an opportunity to further my conservation skills and to spend the summer working outdoors. 

“My main jobs were pest control, shifting stock, maintaining tracks and interacting with visitors and campers. The most enjoyable part for me was learning some worthwhile skills, working around animals every day and supporting the pest control programme,” she says.  

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Former student park ranger Molly D'Ath

Practical experience

Erica Paterson says her experience in the role last summer at Shakespear Regional Park was a great way to gain practical experience. 

“We received training on a range of things, including First Aid, LUV and 4WD driving, conflict resolution, wildlife monitoring and working with livestock.

“I really enjoyed how diverse the job was. Getting outdoors every day and being involved in the wildlife monitoring programmes at the park were definitely perks.

“I’m now contracted as a ranger at Ōmana Regional Park and hope to become a permanent ranger in the near future,” she says.

Looking for summer work with a difference
Former student park ranger Erica Paterson

Applications close soon

Visit for more information and to apply. Applications close 12pm, Friday 30 August 2019.

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