This workshop explains how to prepare and use traps to control rural pest animals.


This workshop is designed for motivated individuals and team leaders of groups that wish to become more active in predator pest control in their local conservation areas.  

This conservation workshop aims to provide an overview of New Zealand pest predators focusing on rats, stoats and possums. You will look at defining why these predators are pests, their impacts and control methods. The main focus will be on developing an effective predator control plan for your area and the importance of monitoring. This course allows you to work out the right methods to match the outcomes you are looking to achieve. You will also gain the practical experience you need to be able to trap successfully.

This course has a good balance between classroom theory and a short field component where the participants get to handle and set DOC200 and GoodNature A24 traps. 

A range of other traps are discussed and demonstrated.

The course is suitable for people wanting to set up a new predator control programme or those wanting to review their current programme. Participants get to work on a basic pest control programme during the course, with support from the course facilitator and the key contacts (two technical experts including the local Department of Conservation Predator Free 2050 ranger).

By the end of this short course you will be able to:

  • Assess and apply ecological principles to activities undertaken in wider conservation settings.
  • Use a range of technological systems and techniques to support conservation purposes.
  • Assess and maintain conservation infrastructure to contribute to the sustainable stewardship of the environment.


The course includes pre reading before the workshop and we recommend completing three online courses:

How to enrol

This DOC field skills course is delivered and administered by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in partnership with DOC. For course dates, costs and venues, and how to enrol visit the NMIT website.

Arrangements can be made to hold the course at venues throughout New Zealand for groups of 8 or more – for more information contact NMIT.

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