Careers in conservation & the environment

Kea Field Research Assistant, (Fixed Term x2) – Department of Conservation – Franz Josef

  • Fixed Term
  • Franz Josef
  • 10/08/2020

Website Department of Conservation

Do you want to play a key role in kea research and be part of the success of Predator Free South Westland?

We have an exciting opportunity to join the department delivering field research on kea mitigation for predator control operations in Franz Josef.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

The two positions will work within the DOC biodiversity team with a focus on developing mitigation techniques through aerial 1080 operations in lowland forest environments. You will be responsible for delivering the field component of the research, testing different techniques under the guidance of the research team, and feeding back results. You will be interacting with members of the public, including them in parts of the research and sharing your knowledge and results.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for


  • Back country field skills including navigation and working in rough terrain
  • Interest in kea conservation
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people including scientists and the local community
  • Strong initiative and desire to see a project through to the finish
  • Understanding of research methods and ability to adapt as we learn
  • Current full driving licence


  • Knowledge of kea behaviour
  • Handyman skills to build feeders etc
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Bird handling skills

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What’s in it for you?

  • A chance to be part of leading research, pivotal in the ongoing success of predator control in the South Island, protecting our many taonga species in the region.
  • Get to work directly with kea, one of our most charismatic local characters
  • Working alongside DOC and Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) in a unique collaborative research environment with a team motivated to see results.
  • A dynamic learning environment, using hands on practical skills and community engagement to find solutions.
  • The opportunity to work and play on the magnificent West Coast – home to vast amounts of pristine freshwater habitat along with a fantastic backcountry hut and track network

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above.

For any enquiry, please contact Guinevere Coleman,, or telephone (027) 2032617, quoting vacancy 400/6610T.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, August 10 2020.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.  


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