Kokako pair on Puketi plateau, 2018

Job Vacancies

The Trust is about to expand its operations and is looking for enthusiastic people with an interest in conservation and ecosystem protection to join the team. This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of Aotearoa’s most diverse forest ecosystems and make a valuable contribution to biodiversity and community well-being.  Several positions are now available, working from a base near the forest north of Okaihau:

Project Manager (full time) – An experienced team leader with good management skills and experience in conservation pest control. Details here.

Conservation Ranger/Pest Control Supervisor (two positions full time) – Practical hands-on people with experience in multi-species conservation pest control and wildlife monitoring, to lead a variety of pest control work in the forest.  Details here.

Project Administrator (one position part time) – An experienced office manager to provide accounting, public relations and secretarial support.  Details here.

Pest Control Operators (nine positions full time) – Previous experience not required, but you must be keen to work outdoors and willing to learn. Details here.

Applications close Monday 30 August 2021.

Welcome to Puketi Forest

Puketi Forest is an ancient kauri (Agathis australis) forest located in the heart of New Zealand’s Northland. Along with Omahuta Forest, it forms one of the largest contiguous tracts of native forest in Northland.

Within their 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) Puketi and Omahuta Forests contain magnificent stands of kauri, podocarp and hardwood trees and a rich ecological diversity including 370 recorded species of plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

The forest once supported numerous and diverse birdlife, but introduced pests have sadly reduced these through competition and predation. Unique species such as rifleman, whitehead, bellbird, kaka and red- and yellow-crowned parakeets are no longer present. Populations of remaining native birds such as North Island brown kiwi, kukupa (New Zealand pigeon), fernbird and pied tit are much reduced and also face local extinction without intervention. Toutouwai (New Zealand robin) were returned to the forest by the trust in 2009 and 2010.  Kokako were reintroduced from 2012 to 2014.

Before human influence, New Zealand’s only land mammals were two species of bats. Small populations of both these species remain in Puketi and require protection.

In the past, Puketi was central to the lives of Maori and early European settlers. Its plants and animals provided food, shelter and clothing. In the late 19th century and first half of last century, its huge kauri trees supported thriving timber and kauri gum industries.

The forest is now protected as part of Northland Forest Park and is administered by the New Zealand government Department of Conservation (DOC).


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