2019-20 Summer Student Positions - Biosecurity & Biodiversity


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Are you fit, passionate about our environment and love to get into the great outdoors?

  • Get valuable work experience in biosecurity
  • Travel all over Southland
  • Summer role - November to Feburary
  • Help protect our pristine environment

At Environment Southland we are responsible for upholding the highest standards in the sustainable management of Southland's natural resources - land, water, air and coast.. Our vision is for a thriving Southland - environmentally, socially, economically, and culturally.

We are currently looking for people to fill the following 2019/20 Summer Student roles in the biosecurity area.

Assistant - Biosecurity Monitoring

In this role you will carry out possum density monitoring using wax tag devices in various Possum Control Area projects throughout Southland.

This largely field based work involves the setting up of monitoring detection devices according to a national protocol and retrieving them one week later. Office work will include examining the devices for the presence/absence of possum mark, data entry and reports. You will be responsible for arranging property access with multiple landowners. Experience in the outdoors is important. You may also need to assist with other Biosecurity or Biodiversity work, as required.

Biodiversity and Biosecurity Field Assistants

We have two positions available - one with a predominantly biodiversity focus and one with a predominantly plant pest focus.

Duties may include:

  • overseeing a planting project;
  • surveying the needs of environmental community groups;
  • pest animal trapping and trap maintenance;
  • field camera monitoring and data input of feral cats in a QEII block;
  • pest plant monitoring and control (including Rakiura and Manapouri);
  • arranging property access for pest plant inspections;
  • other biosecurity or biodiversity work, as required.

Experience with herbicides, a current first aid certificate, experience working on farms or in the bush and working with GPS would be an advantage.

All positions require a moderate level of fitness. A current full NZ driver's license is essential. You must be able to drive a manual vehicle. You will also have great customer service and public relations skills. Experience with Arc GIS is desirable. The ability to drive a manual 4x4 is preferred

These positions are available for 10 weeks from late November to early February. You are eligible to apply if you are currently enrolled in a tertiary institution, or have graduated this year.

These roles will be paid at $18/hour.

Applications Close: 22 Sep 2019