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

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 are keen to hear from you!

As a ZIP field ranger, you will be working to help develop new knowledge, tools and techniques (i.e. our ‘toolset’) to completely remove possums, rats and stoats, and prevent them from re-establishing, at large sites on the mainland.  We call this the ‘Remove and Protect’ model of predator control.

We are currently planning to establish a field site in South Westland to demonstrate our toolset for completely removing possums (and, hopefully, rats) and preventing them from re-establishing, and to develop the Remove and Protect model for rats and stoats.

You will be based in South Westland and spend approximately 90% of your work time in some spectacular back country. You’ll be working with, and helping develop, novel tools and techniques.  Your role will also include opportunities to spend time at our permanent field site, Bottle Rock Peninsula in the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound.

View the role description.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Susannah Aitken,, quoting 'Ranger Vacancy South Westland' in the subject header.

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

NB: While these positions are likely to be available from Monday 4 December 2017, there is some flexibility around start dates. Please let us know when you are available to start with us, when you submit your expression of interest.

About ZIP

ZIP was established in February 2015 as a research and development entity focused on developing the tools and techniques to enable an ambitious and exciting vision for New Zealand:

The complete removal of possums, rats and stoats from large mainland areas for the long term, sustainable protection of native biodiversity.