A logging company in Tokoroa looking for a capable worker has explicitly stated anyone using drugs need not apply.

G Hale Logging has advertised for an operator with a sign outside its work site explaining the position, but the advert included the warning, "if you're drug f***ed" don't bother applying", Fairfax reported.

"We'd normally advertise in the paper and go through the normal processes, but Tokoroa has a bad drug problem and you end up wasting a lot of time," Henry Hale told Fairfax.

Hale said he wouldn't be paying "peanuts" for the right person who could operate machinery to fell trees.

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Otago man Duane Traffod took a similarly blunt approach when he advertised for a pest controller on Trade Me in October.

He needed more staff to run the company and laid out the type of person he wanted 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!!!"