The Michael Taylor Conservation Internship was established by the Tararua Tramping Club (TTC) in 2017, in memory of Michael Taylor who was a member of the club and passionate about conservation issues.
During summer 2018-19, TTC and ZIP are jointly funding the Michael Taylor Conservation Internship, in the form of one paid fixed-term placement, based at ZIP’s Predator Behaviour Facility in Lincoln, Canterbury, for a period of 8-10 weeks.
The successful candidate will work alongside ZIP’s Lincoln-based Predator Behaviour Team to test new tools and techniques in the lab and/or in the field.
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For more information, please email Susannah Aitken at firstname.lastname@example.org, providing your name and a contact phone number.
Applications close at 5:00pm on Monday 2 December 2018. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Susannah Aitken at email@example.com, quoting 'Michael Taylor Conservation Internship' in the subject header.
In August this year we reported that the aerial predator removal phase of our programme of work in the Perth River valley had been delayed, because weather and snow conditions (experienced and forecast) had reduced our ability to fully implement the ‘1080 to Zero’ method to completely remove possums (and potentially rats). The aerial operation was originally scheduled to be carried out during winter 2018, but we now intend to carry out this work from March 2019.
The decision to delay this operation provided us with an opportunity to continue to develop and build confidence in strategies to (i) minimise potential risks to kea from the removal operation, and (ii) completely remove possums and rats, and prevent them re-establishing in the area.
ZIP is seeking a permanent, full-time GIS and Data Analyst to join our team in Karori, Wellington.
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Susannah Aitken at firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting 'GIS and Data Analyst Vacancy' in the subject header, by 5:00pm on Wednesday 22 August.
In 2017, ZIP ran a promising trial in Remutaka Forest Park, which provided strong evidence that rivers are an effective barrier to possum migration.
But what about rats..?
We are currently carrying out a project in the Perth River valley to attempt to answer that very question.
Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP) will undertake the aerial 1080 predator removal phase of the research and development programme in the Perth River valley from early 2019.
This phase was originally scheduled to be completed during winter 2018, but the forecast weather and snow conditions in the valley are such that we now cannot be confident that the 1080 to Zero method can be fully implemented in a timely fashion, in order to completely remove introduced predators. After consulting with our colleagues from the Department of Conservation it was decided to carry out the aerial phase from early 2019, in order to increase the likelihood of its success.
Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP) has received permission from the Department of Conservation (DOC) to proceed with the aerial 1080 phase of our programme of research and development in the Perth River valley, but weather and other conditions currently prevent the operation going ahead for the foreseeable future.
Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP), with the support of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Predator Free 2050 Limited, is currently undertaking a programme of research and development work in the Perth River valley on the West Coast of the South Island.
The purpose of the work is to test and refine an approach to completely remove possums from large areas and prevent them from re-establishing, and to develop this approach for ship rats and stoats. We call the approach ‘Remove and Protect’. This is the first time such an attempt has been made on the New Zealand mainland. The results are expected to help enable New Zealand to achieve predator-free status by 2050.
The Perth River research area contains kea, which is a nationally endangered species. The purpose of this Update is to outline two new measures that we are progressing to mitigate potential impacts on kea of the work underway in the Perth River research area.
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.