There are several steps in DOC's recruitment process. You start by applying for a job. We will interview preferred applicants and check references, before making an offer.

Finding a job

Current job vacancies are listed online at the DOC Careers Centre.

Register with the Careers Centre, and you can:

  • set up email alerts for jobs that interest you
  • apply for jobs
  • view and track your job applications

Most jobs require relevant experience or qualifications. Volunteering, completing DOC courses, and becoming an intern are some ways of preparing yourself.

DOC Ranger showing children his work in the field.
Te Karaka pest traps at Waihirere. Ranger Joe shows Te Karaka School students how to GPS a trap location

Applying for a job online

Before you submit an application, make sure you have an updated CV and a cover letter in one of the following formats: .pdf , .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt

See Writing a curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Submitting an application

  • Click the ‘Apply online’ button at the end of the job advertisement.
  • Complete the online application form.
  • Attach your cover letter and CV.
  • Click 'Apply' to submit your application. Note: Clicking 'Save' will only save your application as a draft and it will not be submitted.

You'll get an email confirming we have received your application. You'll also be able to track your application as it moves through the recruitment process.

We aim to contact you within 10 working days and let you know if we'd like to interview you.

The interview

DOC uses behavioural interviews, and you're likely to be interviewed by 3 or 4 people.

You can bring whanau or family support to the interview if that helps.

As part of the interview, you might have to demonstrate your skills. You might also meet the team you would be working with. We'll let you know about these before the interview.

Come prepared for the interview and think about the questions you may have.

Reference and other checks

If we choose you as the preferred applicant, we will check your references.

DOC is an alcohol and drug free workplace. It's our policy that applicants for positions that have a field component or require regular driving will be required to take a pre-employment drug test prior to being confirmed into the position.

Depending on the role, you might also have to complete a police or security clearance, and a health assessment.

We'll tell you about these as soon as we can.

Offer of employment

If you are our successful applicant, we will make you an offer on a provisional basis. 

We are required to notify all of our appointments on our Intranet when the appointment is permanent or longer than 6 months. The provisional appointment period is 14 days, after which you will receive a letter confirming your appointment.

All applications will be treated as confidential. All appointments are made subject to the State Sector Act 1988.

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