Mosgiel man offers job for possumer: no whingers

Duane Trafford wants to employ someone, as long as they "DON'T WHINGE". Photo: NZ Herald
Duane Trafford wants to employ someone, as long as they "DON'T WHINGE". Photo: NZ Herald

A Mosgiel man has advertised work for a pest controller on Trade Me with some explicit points about the type of person he wants to employ.

"Mustn't be a whinger," he writes in the job ad.

Duane Trafford runs Mosgiel-based pest control company, Predator Contracting LTD.

He needs more staff to run the company and has laid out the type of person he wants to employ in clear language.

"I am looking for possumers...not pig hunters...not people that tried hunting once...and thought they liked it...and thought they were having a midlife crisis..and decided they needed to get out of the office.....but Possumers......!!!

"Now by Possumers..I mean people that can work as part of a team....Come back to accommodation at night and NOT WHINGE!!!! Can start the day with a positive attitude and not WHINGE!!! Can talk to other members of their team with respect and not WHINGE!!!! I don't want s***-stirring whingers!!!"

The TradeMe advertisement.
The TradeMe advertisement.

In exchange, Trafford is offering: "A BLOODY JOB!!!!! and the chance to do something other than sit on your arse."

Trafford explains the work is carried out in tough terrain, in adverse weather, and that he's not about to baby anyone.

"They need to understand that there are prickles...and theyre outside....and they'll get wet hair...and wet socks...and cold...and hot....and thirsty ...and hungry....and that I'm not their bloody mother," the listing says.

Trafford wrote in the job ad that he was sick of people applying for work with the company without understanding that they can not obtain a Controlled Substance Licence (needed to apply toxins to control pests) if they have been charged by police in the last seven years.

He's also looking for someone who will submit to random drug and alcohol tests and is conscious of workplace safety.


None of this is prohibited discrimination under the HRA.

Experienced in slitting up possums a treat
No unionists
No complaints within hearing of the boss, or to anyone who would snitch.
Don't bring a depressed, male menopausal crisis to work.
No lone wolves.
No dependent personalities.



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