Life after Conservation Work Skills

The Conservation Work Skills (CWS) programme is a partnership between CVNZ and the Ministry of Social Development that gives keen locals the opportunity to gain first hand experience in the conservation sector.

Through tree planting, restoration projects, weed control, predator control, nursery work, community projects big and small, track construction and maintenance, participants are exposed to a wide range of skills and experiences. After 12-weeks, all participants are better equipped with the skills needed to enter the workforce and find sustainable employment they enjoy.

Key to this, is connecting participants to potential employers and pathways during the course. This gives the employee and the employer the chance to learn what to expect from each other. Ensuring long-term employment.

Desmond, a committed and charismatic member of the late 2020 Auckland CWS team, now works full-time for Citycare Water, operating and controlling the CCTV camera for stormwater pipelines.


“Citycare Water has welcomed me with an awesome opportunity to be a part of the Stormwater team, it is very technical but also interesting once I understood its purpose”

We will continue to support Desmond in his role and won’t be shy to share his story with future participants of CWS. A great example of what someone can achieve when they are given the skills and mentorship needed to find fulfilling employment.

“I’m enjoying every moment and am thankful for CVNZ for helping me enormously to transition into this new job role.”

All the best Desmond. If you want to hear more about CWS please email [email protected]