Job Vacancy – Pest Control Operator

Puketi Forest Trust

This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of Aotearoa’s most diverse forest ecosystems and make a valuable contribution to biodiversity while obtaining skills and qualification for a career in conservation or pest control.  It is a full time 3 year fixed term role, carrying out multi-species pest control in Puketi/Omahuta forests.

About the Project:

Puketi Forest Trust is a community conservation group with the mission to restore and protect Puketi Forest in central Northland. The Trust currently carries out stoat and feral cat control on 5,600 ha and intensive rat and possum control over a 650 ha core area.

In partnership with Te Puna Korowai Rahui o Puketi/Omahuta and the Department of Conservation, the Trust  is about to expand its pest control network to control pests (stoats, feral cats, possums, rats, goats, pigs and invasive plants) at landscape scale across Puketi/Omahuta to protect priority taonga species including bats, kiwi, kokako, NI robin, kauri snail, Dactylanthus and Davallia.

The project will involve establishing and training a team of pest control operators, installing and servicing a network of traps and bait stations to cover the remainder of Puketi/Omahuta (another 9,000 ha of stoat & feral cat control and 700 ha of rat & possum control), goat and pig control, control of invasive weeds to protect priority river catchments, and wilding pine restoration.  The project has a dual focus on biodiversity enhancement and skills development in the local community, building capacity in pest control, pest monitoring, species management work and business capability.

About the Role:

You will join a team working from a base near the forest, north of Okaihau.  Comprehensive training will be provided, starting with a two week introductory course and then on the job learning, leading to a Primary ITO Pest Animal Operations Level 3 qualification.

Work will include clearing trap lines and installing traps and bait stations; checking and rebaiting traps and bait stations; pig and goat control; wilding pine and invasive weed control; restoration planting, and monitoring pests and protected wildlife.  You will need to enjoy working outdoors.

What we are looking for:


  • Keen interest in conservation and outdoor work.
  • Willing to learn new skills and develop a career in conservation or pest control.
  • Able to work with others and become a good team member.
  • Physically fit and drug free.


  • Existing skills and experience you can bring to the job will be an advantage but are not essential, such as full driver licence, bush navigation, map skills, pest control experience.

A detailed job description can be obtained here.

What’s in it for you?

A living wage to start, with possibility of advancement.

A great opportunity to get training and a qualification free of charge and while being paid.

Outdoor work gear supplied.

A supportive and collaborative working environment, you will be working with a great team delivering effective solutions to improve Northland’s biodiversity.

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role, its work context and your personal work preferences. We try to balance the needs of the Team and you.


Please apply by email to with a CV and covering letter describing how you meet the requirements above, or phone Gary at 0211704165.

To apply for this position you must be a NZ citizen/resident or hold a valid NZ work visa.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 30 August 2021