Field Operator (BioWorks) – Greater Wellington Regional Council – Masterton or Upper Hutt


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Are you passionate about the great outdoors and protecting our primary industry and environment?

We believe the greater Wellington region is a great place to live, work and play, and we take our role of protecting and enhancing the region very seriously. We have a friendly supportive culture with people who are passionate about doing great work for our extraordinary region.

Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is looking for a Field Operator to join our BioWorks team. BioWorks is a field based team within the GWRC Biosecurity Department. The main focus is on the delivery of the Regional Possum Predator Control Programme aimed at maintaining low possum numbers for bovine tuberculosis freedom and Biodiversity benefits. We also undertake a significant amount of possum and mustelid control through a range of City Reserve areas.

This is a predominantly field based role and the successful applicant will be required to carry out a variety of duties using toxins and traps to reduce possum and mustelid populations to required standards. It would suit an outdoors person who ideally has administrative capabilities.

There will also be regular contact with residents and the general public on most aspects of service delivery.

This is a permanent, full-time role, based in either Masterton or Upper Hutt; applicants are to stipulate their preferred location within their application.

To succeed in this role you will need:

  • To have an interest in and be physically fit to work in an outdoors environment.
  • Have an ability to navigate and traverse uneven terrain across farmland and bush environments with a full pack on.
  • A full car licence, please include a copy with your application.
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle off road and your experience must be listed within your application. A motorcycle license would be of benefit but not vital.
  • Meet the “Fit & Proper Person” criteria to be able to obtain a Controlled Substance License for 1080, potassium & sodium cyanide or any other controlled substance required. Alternatively hold a relevant controlled substance license.
  • Experience using a GPS and GIS mapping skills will be helpful but not essential as full training will be provided. List any experience within your application.
  • Some knowledge in pest animal control (possum or mustelid) would be useful, however full training will be provided. List any experience within your application.
  • Be prepared to undertake industry training to obtain the Primary ITO Pest Animal Operations qualification (level 3), if it is not already held.
  • Good reading and writing skills and some ability with the use of Microsoft Office.
  • The ability to communicate clearly with others (staff and public) to inform them about pest control activities.
  • Be a team player and be capable of using your own initiative to work with minimal or no supervision.
  • To demonstrate flexibility and desire to support the BioWorks unit to achieve their requirements.

From time to time you may be required to undertake overtime or stay away overnight as part of your duties.

The preferred candidate will be required to undertake pre-employment medical & drug testing.

To apply for this position please look at the job description and apply by clicking the link below.

For further information on the role please contact Graeme Butcher on 06 826 1520 or Lea Pannu, Human Resources Coordinator on 04 830 4013.

Applications close: Sunday, 20 May 2018.