Rangers clearing stairs on Stewart Island/Rakiura
Image: Jason Blair | ©


If you’re a graduate, student or seasonal worker looking for work or a new challenge, check out our seasonal jobs.

Applications closed

Applications for seasonal jobs are currently closed. We advertise seasonal roles from July to August.

Visit the DOC Careers Portal to set up email or text alerts for roles that interest you.

About our seasonal jobs

Each year we have a variety of fixed term roles for the summer season which start from September through to May. The roles are typically from a minimum of 4 months to 6 months.

Jobs will be advertised in three intakes. You can apply for any roles that interest you. Keep an eye out for the next intake using the indicative advertising dates below.

Intake dates

Intake 1     

Applications open: Monday 8 July

Applications close: Sunday 21 July

Intake 2

Applications open: Monday 12 August     

Applications close: Sunday 25 August     

Intake 3

Applications open: Monday 16 September

Applications close: Sunday 29 September


Our summer seasonal roles are categorised into four groups:

  • Heritage and visitors (including Hut and Campground Rangers)
  • Biodiversity
  • Community and visitor centres
  • Biodiversity monitoring

Heritage and visitors

DOC staff at a team briefing
DOC staff at a briefing
Image: Baptiste Maryn

Contribute to the amazing suite of recreation and tourism assets we have across Aotearoa, New Zealand. These assets include huts, campgrounds, tracks, bridges, and spectacular viewpoints at some of our most iconic sites.

  • Ranger Heritage and Visitor
  • Hut Ranger
  • Campsite Ranger


Put your skills into action across back-country, pest control, trapping, weeding, and handling some of our taonga bird species such as yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho, oystercatcher/tōrea pango and kiwi. Join the team to restore and protect natural ecosystems and native species.

  • Ranger, Weeds
  • Ranger, Trapping
  • Ranger, Taonga Species

Community and visitors centre

DOC visitor centre staff member helping a customer
Visitor Centre staff.
Image: Jason Blair | DOC

Put your knowledge and passion for conservation into action by connecting people to nature, building positive partnerships with local iwi, hapū and whānau, and advocating for conservation.

  • Ranger Community
  • Ranger Visitor Centre

Biodiversity Monitoring Team (BMT)

Immerse yourself with our biodiversity monitoring team this season with opportunity to work across one of our four locations: Rotorua, Palmerston North, Invercargill and Hokitika delivering biodiversity monitoring programmes across Aotearoa, New Zealand

  • Tier 1 Vegetation
  • Tracking Tunnel Teams
  • Local Monitoring Teams


For more information on our recruitment process feel free to explore Our recruitment process: Jobs at DOC.

If you have any questions, please contact seasonaljobs@doc.govt.nz.

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