Predator Free Ranger – The Halo Project – Ōtepoti/Dunedin based

  • Fixed Term
  • Dunedin

Website The Halo Project

Full-time, fixed-term position until 30 June 2025
Pay rate: living wage or above (based on experience)

  • Do you have pest control and/or community/volunteer engagement experience and want to take it to the next level?
  • Are you passionate about making Aotearoa Predator Free?
  • Are you interested in protecting and restoring native biodiversity?
  • Are you fit, fast and love working outdoors?
  • Do you work in the rural/farming sector and are seeking a change?
  • Do you have a ‘can-do’ attitude?

About the role

Reporting to the Predator Free Project Manager, you will:

  • Join a talented small team working at the forefront of Aotearoa’s Predator Free mission
  • Push yourself and others to meet the objectives of the project
  • Work individually and as part of a small team across a varied landscape to undertake predator control and associated monitoring work
  • Involve and support the community to be a part of the predator free mission
  • Gain and expand conservation skills, qualifications and experience.

We are looking for a team player who:

  • A very high level of physical fitness and the ability to complete outdoor work safely in rugged and remote environments, often working alone
  • Experience working off track with heavy loads
  • Experience with a range of predator control tools and methods
  • Ability to use a range of technology including GPS and phone-based applications
  • Experience and a passion for the outdoors, native plants and wildlife
  • Resilient to working outside in all weather
  • A positive and proactive attitude towards Health and Safety
  • Full Drivers License and own vehicle.

Applicants will ideally also:

  • Have experience with 4WD/qualifications
  • Hold or be willing to get a current First Aid certificate
  • Firearms License
  • Controlled Substance License, ATV, Chainsaw.

About the Trust

Landscape Connections Trust (LCT) is an incorporated charitable trust, established in 2009 to create healthy landscapes that support resilient communities.

LCT works with groups and individuals across the landscape north of Dunedin to enhance this special area. Our community-led management strategy recognises that as well as protecting and managing specific high-value biodiversity areas, other actions are required to ensure broader ecosystem functionality and integrity across the project area. Our health, wellbeing, lifestyles and economy are all dependent on a healthy natural environment and it is this underlying principle that drives our objectives to enhance the natural environment. We implement a number of projects under the banner ‘The Halo Project’.

About the Predator Free Project

Our flagship project is a landscape-scale predator control project involving coordinated and strategic execution of predator control strategies across two ‘zones’ to help protect livelihoods, provide safer habitat for native fauna and enable recovery of degraded forest habitats. The first – Zero Density zone – is 10,000 hectares of public and private land across Dunedin’s northern coastline and volcanic hills, and including the harbour side settlements. The second Buffer zone sits across a further 35,000 hectares to the north and west of Dunedin including the Silver Peaks. The project involves:

  • Further reduce the possum population across the Zero Density 10,000ha, working towards elimination.
  • Implementing landscape-scale possum control across the 35,000ha Buffer to support the zero density objectives.
  • Implementing best practice landscape-scale control of mustelids across 12,500 hectares.
  • Implementing multi-species predator control projects in areas of high biodiversity value.
  • Supporting community initiatives and volunteers aiming to achieve these objectives.
  • Undertake result and outcome monitoring to support operations.


Please read the full job description here and if you believe you have the relevant experience to undertake this role send your cover letter and CV to

For a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact Jonah Kitto-Verhoef (Predator Free Project Manager)

To be considered for this role, you must hold a valid NZ work visa.

Applications close when a suitable applicant is found.


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