South Island Plague Skink Eradication Internship, Biodiversity Group, Renwick | Renwick

Posted on 10-Sep-2018
Application close date: 24-Sep-2018
Position type:
Fixed Term
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Do you want to spend your summer working in an industrial estate, killing cute little lizards in the broiling sun? 


We are looking for highly motivated people to assist the part-time project manager with the eradication of a small, recently-established population of plague skinks, to stop the establishment of this highly invasive species in the South Island. The work will involve helping run a regular, high-density trapping programme in the area where skinks are known to occur and searching the surrounding area intensively to confirm the absence of plague skinks there.


There is one position available based at Renwick, near Blenheim. The position is for a 14 week fixed term, 40 hours a week.  The contract will start in late November 2018 and run to approx. mid-February 2019. The position is primarily field based and you may be required to work weekends, with two consecutive days off during the week.


The intern will have:

• Some knowledge of New Zealand lizards
• Willingness to kill pest lizards when necessary
• Current full drivers licence and ability to drive a manual vehicle
• The ability to work by yourself, in a methodical and precise manner
• Excellent people skills and a positive disposition


You will learn about conservation, and gain an understanding of the central role our team plays in this government department.


To succeed in this role, you will:

• Study in the fields of biology
• Have knowledge of native fauna and predator control

To be eligible for an internship you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident AND a full time student in 2018 one of the following universities:

• University of Auckland
• Auckland University of Technology
• University of Waikato
• Massey University
• Victoria University of Wellington
• University of Canterbury
• Lincoln University
• University of Otago.


Preference will be given to students who have completed at least two years of study.


You will ideally need to be available for 14 weeks between November 2018 and February 2019.


Please apply online. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and evidence of the required capabilities as per the project description.


For more information, please contact Rod Hitchmough or 027 408 3481 quoting vacancy 500/52T1.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 24 September 2018.


DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.



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