Job Vacancy – Conservation Ranger/Pest Control Supervisor

Puketi Forest Trust

This is an exciting opportunity for a practical hands-on person to work in one of Aotearoa’s most diverse forest ecosystems and make a valuable contribution to biodiversity and community well-being.  It is a full time 3 year fixed term role supervising 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:

Two field supervisors are required.  They will report directly to the Project Manager and will each lead a team of four or five kaimahi/pest control operators.  Tasks and responsibilities will include assisting with training and team building; working alongside and mentoring kaimahi to provide multi-species pest control; monitoring pests and protected wildlife; leading an open and inclusive health & safety culture to keep all team members safe at work.

What we are looking for:


  • Experience in multi-species conservation pest control and wildlife monitoring.
  • Competent in bush navigation, use of maps and GPS.
  • A team player who works well with others.
  • Willing to learn new skills, and to help train others.
  • Full driver’s license, physically fit and drug free.


  • Keen interest in conservation and outdoor work.
  • Innovative and an effective problem solver.
  • Experience in the use of chainsaws.
  • Basic carpentry skills.
  • Comfortable in Te Ao Māori (fluency/partial fluency in Te Reo and local connections an advantage).
  • Firearms licence and CSL for vertebrate toxins an advantage.

A detailed job description can be obtained here.

What’s in it for you?

A competitive salary commensurate with the role and the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

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