Predator-Free New Zealand 2050 Science Strategy: Call for Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest are sought for a ‘Strategy Team’ (5-7 people) to develop the Science Strategy required to achieve the following interim (2025) goal announced by the NZ government in 2016:

“By 2025, we will have developed a break-through science solution that would be capable of eradicating at least one small mammal predator from the New Zealand Mainland”

The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge is leading the development of the Science Strategy, in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and with guidance from the Predator-Free New Zealand Board.

Individuals with the following expertise are sought:

  1. Technical knowledge of the potential for the use of novel genetic/genomic tools, and our ability to demonstrate proof-of-concept for their use on ship rats, possums or stoats, by 2025; or
  2. Technical knowledge of how to achieve zero population density of mammal predators with existing tools, i.e. remove the last 1% of survivors after an eradication attempt on the mainland.

Individuals with related expertise (e.g. Social science and/or social licence to operate; Commercialisation of pest control products; Responses of the ecological community to pest removal; Monitoring biodiversity outcomes; Landscape-scale suppression of mammal predators) are encouraged to submit expressions of interest, on the understanding that they may be co-opted into the strategy team on an ‘as needs’ basis.

The Predator-Free New Zealand Ltd Board expects the draft strategy to be delivered by 19 May 2017 . Funding will be available to complete the strategy. The skills-based Strategy Team will be expected to take a ‘New Zealand Inc.’ approach to Strategy development. Membership of the Strategy Team does not imply or guarantee future research funding for any individual or organisation.

Please submit your CV, with contact details and a cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining relevant experience to support@biologicalheritage.nz by Monday 20 March 2017.