Perth Project and 2018 Tahr Hunting Season - Adams Wilderness Area - Updated 2/03/2018

Perth Project and 2018 Tahr Hunting Season - Adams Wilderness Area - Updated 2/03/2018

ZIP, in collaboration with DOC and Predator Free 2050 Ltd, has begun work on a research programme within the Perth Valley (South Westland) to test and refine an approach to completely remove possums from large areas, and prevent them re-establishing.

The 'Q&A' document and map linked below contain further information about how this work may overlap with this season’s tahr hunting experience in the Adams Wilderness Area.

The Department of Conservation is liaising with parties who hold balloted tahr hunting areas for the 2018 season that fall within the research area.

We will update the Q&A document in response to any further questions.

Perth Project and Tahr Hunting Q&A - Updated 2/03/2018

Map of Perth Valley Predator Treatment Area, Huts and Bivvies

Field rangers wanted!

Field rangers wanted!

ZIP is looking for permanent and fixed-term (i.e. March-September 2018) field rangers to join our teams in Queen Charlotte Sound and South Westland.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to info@zip.org.nz, quoting 'ZIP Ranger Vacancy' in the subject header, by 5:00pm on Wednesday 14 March 2018. Along with your application, please advise your preferred location, and whether you are applying for a permanent or fixed-term position.

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Possum, Rat and Stoat Removal Research in South Westland - 26/01/2018

Possum, Rat and Stoat Removal Research in South Westland - 26/01/2018

ZIP is beginning work on a research programme at a 12,000 hectare block within the Perth Valley (South Westland), to test and refine an approach to completely remove possums from large areas, and prevent them from re-establishing. The research programme will also seek to develop this predator management approach for ship rats and stoats.

If successful, the approach will have significant beneficial outcomes for native plants and animals in the valley. It could also negate the need for the repeated use of landscape-scale aerial 1080 to control these predators here and elsewhere in New Zealand, and help pave the way for a predator-free New Zealand.

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ZIP is seeking expressions of interest for three new ranger positions

ZIP is seeking expressions of interest for three new ranger positions

ZIP is seeking expressions of interest for three fixed-term ranger positions, for a potential field trial in South Westland, beginning in early December 2017.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to info@zip.org.nz, quoting 'Ranger Vacancy South Westland' in the subject header.

Expressions of interest close at 5:00pm on Monday 6 November 2017.

Fact Sheet on ZIP trial in South Westland

Fact Sheet on ZIP trial in South Westland

ZIP and the Department of Conservation are investigating a method to completely remove possums, and potentially rats, from mainland sites.

If successful, this method of aerial predator control will reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the need for repeated wide scale application of toxins to remove predators; and provide a tool for progressing New Zealand towards its Predator Free 2050 goal.

The attached Fact Sheet contains information and context about the proposed trial.

We are hiring! Executive Assistant wanted to join the growing ZIP team.

We are hiring! Executive Assistant wanted to join the growing ZIP team.

Are you an experienced Personal or Executive Assistant who is:

  • enthusiastic, highly organised, and pro-active;
  • someone who thrives in a dynamic and changing environment;
  • looking to work alongside a fun and supportive team; and
  • passionate about helping to restore our native biodiversity?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

ZIP is hiring!

ZIP is hiring!

We are looking for two new rangers to join the field team at Bottle Rock peninsula.

Are you:
•    physically fit and self-motivated;
•    someone who loves working in the outdoors;
•    passionate about helping to restore our native biodiversity; and
•    looking to develop your skills in the field?

If so, we want to hear from you!

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Official Opening of ZIP's predator research enclosure, 9 June 2016

Official Opening of ZIP's predator research enclosure, 9 June 2016

ZIP's new invasive predator research enclosure in Lincoln was officially opened yesterday by Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation.

This facility will play a key role in enabling us to rapidly develop new technology to remove invasive predators and their impact on our native species and the New Zealand economy.

You can learn more about the new enclosure here and here, and a few photos from the day are shared after the jump.

Welcome!

Welcome!

Kia ora!

Welcome to the new and improved website of Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP).

We are very excited to introduce ourselves and begin sharing our world with you: what we are up to; what we have learned so far; and what our future work programme holds.

We’ve kept a low profile to date for a few key reasons:

Starting today, we’ll be providing regular informal updates via this page. More detailed technical updates on our findings will be posted here.

Questions? Comments? We'd love to hear from you!

info@zip.org.nz