Predator Control Programme

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand in partnership with Auckland Council are currently running a predator control programme over 28 Auckland parks. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer trapper, please register your interest and we’ll book you into one of our training days. Our next training sessions are on Saturday the 12th February: Morning session 9am – 11.30am Waikowhai Park, Hillsborough Afternoon session 1.30pm – 4pm, Newmarket Park. When training is completed you’ll be assigned to one of the parks in which this programme operates where you’ll bait and reset traps and record the catches you make. You can choose when you walk your own track, so you can do it at a time that suits you. Ideally you will live or work locally to the pest control area. Once you’ve finished your line check, you enter your results into a web based database called Catch IT. Animal pests (rodents and possums) compete with native birds for food and raid their nests for chicks and eggs. They also feed on a wide range of native plants, lizards and invertebrates. Your parks need your help to stop the destruction of our native fauna and flora.


Once trained, we ask that you commit to a minimum of 12 months. You will need to have good level of physical fitness, be comfortable working alone in forested areas and handling rodent carcasses.

Time commitment:

Most volunteers walk their line of traps or bait stations fortnightly or monthly. Each volunteer lets us know when they would like to check the traps and using that information, we develop a roster for your group at the beginning of each trapping season. This way you know well in advance when you need to check the traps.

Getting started:
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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