Callaghan Innovation Postgrad Internship Opportunity

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Conferences, Workshops & CFPs

In a couple of weeks we’ll be starting The Great NZ Cat Controversy research project with an actor-network mapping and discourse analysis of public media responses to Gareth Morgan’s infamous Cats To Go campaign.

If you’re interested in where we go from there, you might also be interested in this research and design opportunity with local company, and awesome trap designers, Goodnature.*

Position title:
Urban/Peri urban invasive species tool development: Callaghan Innovation Postgrad Internship


Application close:
14-Nov-2013 Thursday

Dec 2013 – Jan 2014

Employment type:

Remuneration/ Pay rate:
$30,000 for 6 months


Goodnature makes automatic traps that are powered by a recyclable 16gram compressed CO2 gas canister which resets the traps up to 24 times. The traps are toxin free and work by striking the skull of the animal with a glass reinforced polymer striker, killing it instantly. Once the pest has been struck, the piston automatically returns, the pest drops to the ground and automatic trap resets immediately. Goodnature traps have met the highest humane standards in independent testing to animal welfare advisory committee guidelines.

Goodnature has a postgraduate internship position available to investigate and support product development initiatives in urban/peri-urban invasive species pest control.

Shhh… The details are top secret, but the internship project involves high-detail end user testing right through to product conceptualisation.

Due to the wide range of tasks within the project the position would be suitable for a postgraduate from industrial design, environment studies, ecological studies or conservation.

The intern will work as part of the Goodnature team in the Goodnature headquarters in Kilbirnie, Wellington.

The intern will have a great time. Truly. It’s mean as working at Goodnature.

Funding requirements of Callaghan Innovation stipulate that eligible interns must be postgraduate and be either completing masters or doctoral studies from science, technology, engineering, design, business or marketing faculties of a New Zealand university by 1 April 2014, or have graduated within the last six months from 1 July 2013 and are not currently employed.

VUW students apply at CareerHub

* Working with us won’t involve trapping anything, so if that’s what gets you excited (no judgement!) you should definitely apply for the internship. If that’s not what excites you most about animal management strategies, then come talk to us :-)