14 Apr 2021

Full-Time Community Activator

Pest Free Kaipatiki Restoration Society –  North Shore City, Auckland

Job Description

Are you looking for a role where you can use your considerable people skills to energise, activate and engage the community in actions to restore native biodiversity? 

Are you a person who values tikanga Māori, te ao Māori, and Tiriti o Waitangi, and can integrate your mātauranga of this into your mahi with the community?

Are you organised, proactive and ready to roll up your sleeves to be a key player in a thriving community-led project?

We’re looking for someone who can bring innovation and creativity to engage the public and stakeholders in ecological restoration; to recruit, engage and support volunteers and groups to restore native biodiversity.

If this sounds like you – read on!


Essential attributes and skills:

A passion for New Zealand’s native ecology and the desire to preserve it. While specific ecological skills and knowledge are not required, a willingness to learn and apply these on the job is imperative.

A commitment to the principles of Tiriti o Waitangi.

An understanding of and respect for te ao Māori;  how this integrates with other ways of viewing the world with respect to ecological conservation, and how this can be shared with others to increase their understanding.

People and community engagement and team building skills.

Experience in project and administrative work.

Own transport with appropriate insurance and current driving licence.

Flexible in approach, style and hours (including willingness to work some weekends, evenings and public holidays).

Desirable attributes and experience:

Strong interest in and knowledge of ecology, biodiversity and biosecurity issues

Committed to providing pathways for all effective ways of community restoration, including mechanical and chemical-free restoration.

Current first aid certificate (or ability to obtain one).

Passionate with the ability to develop shared vision for the role and organisation.

Quietly and positively persistent.

Happy to acknowledge diverse perspectives and to share and enjoy progress.

Take initiative/ take ownership/ be innovative/ be motivating.

Experience and ability to work with schools and other groups.

You will:

Undertake assigned actions to implement Pest Free Kaipātiki programmes via a community empowerment model- supporting existing volunteer groups, fostering the creation of new groups and helping attract and retain volunteers to activities that promote the restoration of native biodiversity in the Kaipātiki Local Board area. 

Integrate an appreciation and understanding for tikanga Māori and te ao Māori into our mahi with the community.

Have the ability to supercharge existing volunteers and groups to maximise the benefits for both the local environment and to develop a more connected community. 

Work with our core PFK bush groups and with other groups, stakeholders, community partners and organisations or individuals who have similar restoration goals.

Position Status:

This position is fixed-term, 40 hours a week. 

Applicants for these positions should provide evidence of NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. 

The successful candidate will work as part of a team with PFK’s volunteers and staff, (including PFK Board and committee members), who may be playing an active role in PFK programmes.

How to Apply

Please send a PDF of your CV and cover letter to:

[email protected]

Job Category: Environment / Conservation. Job Type: Full-Time. Job Salary: 60,000 - 80,000.

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