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I’ve been a community relations ranger in Wellington for 3 years. I’m an honorary Kiwi (married to a Kiwi with 2 Kiwi kids), came over from England in 1998, managed a wine shop, did a psychology degree and taught English before joining DOC. There’s thousands of people wanting to get out and about and involved in conservation in Wellington and I enjoy helping them to do just that! Read my posts
Hi, I work at DOC’s Ruapehu Area Office, as a blue duck and kiwi ranger. I work with these fabulous birds in Tongariro Forest, which is about half an hour from the office at Whakapapa Village. I’ve been working here for just over 4 years now.
I live in the small ski town of Ohakune, so spend my spare time skiing or looking after my animal menagerie at home! Read my posts
I have been working for DOC for 15 years now, with the last eleven on Stewart Island/Rakiura.
Part of my role is as the Biodiversity Programme Manager. This is a fantastic job that gives me oversight of all of the threatened species, weeds and animal pest work on Stewart Island/Rakiura and leads me to work with a wide range of passionate and interesting people.
For many years I was also National Hunting Advisor. This role works across the country to improve the relationship between DOC and the hunting community. Read my posts
I have been with DOC for about 15 years, starting in Wellington Conservancy Public Awareness team in the mid 90′s. Currently I’m a Senior Advisor in the Communications Team at Head Office.
I tramp, ski, run and sing badly these days. I love to take photos and have a perpetual attraction to the natural world around me. A former triathlete/multisporter, I now hobble around the hills.
In a previous life I worked in the Botany Department of Victoria Unversity for 7 years. I also worked in the ski retail industry overseas and in New Zealand for about 10 years. I am a closet bird geek and love being in the hills for any reason. Read my posts
I have been with the department since the start of 2007, having started as a fishery ranger before taking up my current role in community relations. The great thing about my role is the people you work with and the places you work in. I have always been an outdoorsy type, and escaped Auckland after finishing my masters and teaching degrees to chase the Turangi trout.
As a keen cook catch my personal mantra is catch it, forage it, cook it, so I love the central north island for the wild food it offers as well as the biking and tramping. Read my posts
I’m a Communications Advisor at DOC’s National Office and help out in the intranet, internal comms and media teams.
Before DOC I was involved with sport, working in communications at Sport Manawatu and in PR for the Manawatu rugby, football and basketball teams.
In my spare time I enjoy baking all sorts of treats, sewing, blogging, spending time with friends and family, and being up home at the beach in Gisborne. Read my posts
I’m fortunate enough to be working for DOC on the West Coast of the South Island. My playground is a wilderness paradise of intact forests, fantastic birdlife, bats, beaches, wild weather and great communities. And the fishing’s good too. In my spare time I design electronic equipment and do my best to avoid home DIY, but, at work I’m into communications which means I get involved in some of the greatest conservation stories going. Read my posts
Hi. I work as a Communications and Engagement Advisor for DOC in Nelson/Marlborough. It’s a fabulous region for enjoying New Zealand nature with stunning landscapes -from craggy mountain tops to tranquil bays and islands – and an array of fascinating native wildlife.
New Zealand is a great place to live, but I also like to travel, exploring other countries and cultures, and when I can’t get away, I enjoy reading about them. But it’s always good to come home to beautiful New Zealand, and sunny Nelson in particular. Read my posts
I ski, rock climb, white water kayak and mountain bike. In my spare time I have a crack at being the Community Relations ranger at Rotorua Lakes. Fortunately our office is on the back door of NZ’s premier mountain biking area, has numerous rivers nearby, is just over an hour to the North Islands best rock climbing at Wharepapa and just a couple of hours from the snow. I love my job! Read my posts
I’ve been working for DOC for some 25 years, most of which has been in Otago but in recent years I’ve migrated to north to Wellington and now Auckland.
My current role is to provide technical advice and support on biodiversity management to the great team out on the Chatham Islands. I sometimes sneak off to do a spot of penguin work elsewhere so I might blog about that too. Read my posts
I just love Nature. I can talk and blog about it for days.
Although you may think my favourite animals are bugs, the truth is that birds were my first hobby! I also studied plants and forests and all the ecological systems that go on in these places.
One thing is for sure: without bugs on the planet, we would not be able to survive.
I loved doing the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet shows: it took me all over the world looking for insects, centipedes and other creepy crawlies. It showed me many examples of how Biodiversity is very important to all of us.
In fact, biodiversity is so important that I reckon we should be restoring it wherever and whenever we can. And kids are very much part of that huge plan! Read my posts
Hi I’m Trina, I may have the coolest job in Tauranga. I work for DOC where I co-ordinate our public communications and efforts with community groups, iwi, other stakeholder groups and agencies such as councils etc.
I get to keep tabs on the conservation work that local staff and community groups are doing; there’s loads of ways that people can benefit from or help with this work and part of my job is making those connections and promoting opportunities for people to protect, enjoy and be involved. I also get involved in emergencies such as forest fires and whale strandings as well as dealing with injured birds, seals etc. – that’s part of the job for all of us that work for DOC especially in the Area Offices. Read my posts
Hi there, I work a 50/50 split between GIS and Communications in DOC Otago Conservancy, Dunedin.
If I’m not busy drawing maps or reading/writing blogs, I could be tending my family and farmlet, reading the Otago Daily Times, driving my own engine over a mountain or refuelling it with carbohydrate. Read my posts
A North Island defector, I came south to go to Lincoln Uni and never looked back. My first ‘serious’ job with DOC was in Arthur’s Pass National Park, where I spent five glorious years tramping every major track and route!
Now a mother of two, I’m inspired to share my love of the outdoors with them as my father did with me. Read my posts
My role in the DOC Web Team (National Office, Wellington) has me immersed in the world of social media, providing advice and support to staff (and sometimes others) while helping to look after our main online communities. I feel proud (and fortunate) to come to the office each day and have such a worthy purpose and vision to inspire me in my work.
Outside of DOC I have three wonderful kids and one dilapidated home that keep my husband and I busy – they are all very high maintenance (the house and the kids that is – not so much the husband!). I love travelling, reading, gardening, cooking, eating, good coffee, dinner parties and Pinterest. Read my posts
Due to an affliction called “Islomania”, I have spent the majority of my DOC life working on a couple of New Zealand’s best islands. I am currently the ranger on Hauturu/Little Barrier Island, where I have lived and worked with my partner Liz for the past 4 years. Read my posts
Helen Ough Dealy
Born in the UK to an army family, travelled the world before I was six. Ended up in New Zealand as a teenager and have called this place home ever since. Haven’t lost the British accent though!
I have worked for DOC over the last six years in Russell, Bay of Islands, mainly with the tourists who visit the area. I call myself a wordsmith and enjoy manipulating language in ways that will help others grasp new ideas. Read my posts
I manage the Biodiversity Training Programme for the Department. The training courses are open to community, iwi, volunteers etc and loads of people have come to one of our field based courses. We also have a bunch of online courses on the DOC website which you can do for free. I meet a very diverse range of people in this job and get to go to some beautiful parts of New Zealand.
I moved from OZ to Wellington 5 years ago and I love it here. I especially love getting out in the crazy Wellington weather to go cycling on my gorgeous Olmo, a 1980′s Italian race bike.
Sirocco the Spokesbird
My name is Sirocco the kakapo – although by now I reckon I don’t need an introduction! I’m a kakapo – a large, rare, nocturnal parrot that only lives in New Zealand.
I tend to like human company far better than that of my fellow kakapo. There’s a good reason for my penchant for people though. When I hatched in 1997, I caught a respiratory illness when I was only a few weeks old. From what I can gather it was touch-and-go for a bit, so the rangers rescued me from the nest and hand-raised me. I had to be kept away from other kakapo – and by the time I’d finished my treatment for my illness (including an oxygen tent!), I realised that life with humans was far more interesting to me than life with other kakapo. You can follow me on twitter @Spokesbird or become my friend on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.
I recently moved to New Zealand from the UK, via a dive expedition in the Philippines, and have been lucky enough to discover this spectacular country through my job as Community Relations Officer in Canterbury Conservancy. I am no stranger to beautiful, rugged landscapes as I grew up in the darkly romantic Yorkshire moors before moving to London to study art.
Its a privilege to work in conservation in this country and a pleasure to get out in it’s many habitats and, hopefully, inspire others to do the same. Read my posts
I’m the Community Relations Programme Manager in the Poneke Area Office. We’re based out of an office in Wellington which doesn’t exactly fit with the DOC image of a ‘field office’.
The community relations team is made up of community, historic and visitor centre rangers which keeps things nice and varied! Read my posts
I have been in DOC for about 14 years. I have worked as a ranger on Hauturu (Little Barrier Island) in the Auckland Conservancy, the Warkworth Field Centre, and the Whangarei Area Office as a biodiveristy ranger. I worked in species recovery and island restoration, fire control, whale strandings, mainland restoration, legal protection of land, fencing, visitor assets, compliance and law enforcement, interpretation and signage – you name it!
After a break in 2002 to do my Bachelor’s degree in International Communication I returned to the Whangarei Area in 2004 as Programme Manager Community Relations. I then came to my current role as Senior Communications Advisor at National Office in April 2009. I provide comms advice to managers and staff across the Department. Read my posts
Since turning up on the New Zealand doorstep from my Yorkshire homeland in 2004 I’ve had lots of wild adventures thanks to DOC. As a volunteer at Pukaha Mount Bruce and then Boundary Stream Mainland Island I got my first experience of radio tracking kiwi and cleaning rotten stoats out of traps, among other fun stuff.
Eventually DOC took a chance on paying me and I’ve gone from shuffling round the undergrowth of the Whareorino cloud forest looking for a “living fossil”, archey’s frog, to sharing the lurve of a flightless parrot as a Kakapo Ranger on Whenua Hou.
Now people tell me I’ve got the best job on The Coast. As Biodiversity Ranger in Haast I get to explore the beautiful beech forest of the Landsborough Valley, hang out with super cool tawaki (aka Fiordland crested penguin) and go potholing through seal poo on the very special Taumaka Island. Read my posts
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