Preparations continue for implementation of our ‘1080 to Zero’ operation in the Perth River Valley, South Westland. The objective of this operation is to completely remove possums (and potentially ship rats). The operation is also expected to have a substantial effect on the local stoat population; however, to what extent remains unknown. In order to evaluate the success (or otherwise) of our operation, we need to have an understanding of relative abundance of these target species in the site pre-operation. So, at the end of March and early April, we undertook to measure the relative abundance of possums, rats, and stoats within our project area.
Earlier this month we worked with West Coast Film to produce a short video about our current programme of work within the Perth River Valley, which aims to completely remove possums (and potentially rats) from a 12,000 hectare site - and keep them out, forever.
In January we reported that Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Predator Free 2050 Limited, had started a new research programme in a 12,000 hectare area within the Perth Valley (South Westland).
The programme aims to develop an approach to completely remove possums from large areas and to prevent them from re-establishing. Possums are the initial focus of the research, but the programme will also seek to develop the approach for ship rats and stoats.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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 email@example.com, quoting 'Ranger Vacancy South Westland' in the subject header.
Expressions of interest close at 5:00pm on Monday 6 November 2017.
This trial is now complete.
Monitoring is showing encouraging early results for the Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP) and Department of Conservation (DOC) trial in a 2,500 ha forest block near Jackson/Arawhata 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.
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!
We are looking for two new rangers to join the field team at Bottle Rock peninsula.
• 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!
In this video, a few members of the ZIP team talk about our work at Bottle Rock peninsula in the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound.
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.
What does a 'typical' day for a ZIP Field Ranger look like? Briar Cook offers us a window on her world in this update from the 'conservation frontline'.