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.

Are you:

  • physically fit, self-motivated and independent;
  • someone who loves working in the outdoors;
  • passionate about helping to restore our native biodiversity;
  • a great team player; and
  • looking to develop your skills in the field?

If so, we want to hear from you!

As a ZIP field ranger, you will be working to help develop new knowledge, tools and techniques 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.

You will spend approximately 90% of your work time in some spectacular back country, at one – or both – of ZIP’s two field development sites.

At Bottle Rock Peninsula, Queen Charlotte Sound, ZIP is trialling a range of tools and techniques for mainland predator removal (both existing and novel) in a ‘real world’ setting.

In the Perth Valley, South Westland, ZIP is collaborating with the Department of Conservation and Predator Free 2050 Ltd, to test and refine an approach to completely remove possums (and potentially rats) from large areas, and prevent them from re-establishing.

View the role description.

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To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Susannah Aitken at, 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.

If you have any questions, please email Susannah Aitken at, providing your name and a contact phone number.