Name: Ray Molloy
Role: Ranger, Biodiversity
Based in Queenstown
"Before I joined DOC, I volunteered with them on the days I had off from my regular job. Later I was offered a temporary DOC position for the summer to trap stoats, using what I knew from my previous work trapping possums.
"As my summer role ended, I was offered the chance to continue with DOC. My new position offered the experience of a variety of field roles. These included wilding pine, track and historic site maintenance as well as threatened species work and animal control.
"My current role is mostly biodiversity-related; this involves monitoring threatened species, predators and planning and implementing trap lines. Often we find that we need to target stoats and their smaller cousin the weasel.
"A great example of the impact of predator control is how we've been able to protect whio. With best practice traplines placed in whio habitat, our local population has increased dramatically. It's been really encouraging to see and receive the positive feedback we've heard from the public on new sightings.
"I am pleased to now have the chance to assist others in their quest to be a part of the nationwide Predator Free 2050 goal."