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8 Jul 2022

Full-Time Manager National Projects

Forest & Bird  Auckland, Wellington, Anywhere/Work From Home Appointing salary $87-92k (depending on experience) + Kiwisaver

Job Description

An exciting opportunity to lead a dedicated team delivering practical conservation projects that benefit Aotearoa’s native biodiversity and threatened species, help tackle climate change, and engage and empower communities. Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent membership-based conservation organisation.  We have a proud history spanning nearly 100 years working for nature at a national level and in our communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.  We are involved in hundreds of practical conservation projects, as well as giving nature a voice through our advocacy work for conservation on land, in freshwater, and the marine environment. In addition to our volunteer-led projects, Forest & Bird manages a number of National Conservation Projects around Aotearoa that focus on restoring important habitats, controlling predators and protecting threatened species. Our National Projects play an important role in building awareness and community engagement to contribute to New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 goal, as well as informing and supporting Forest & Bird’s advocacy work.  Each Project involves employees, contractors, volunteers and/or local landowners, as well as a range of partners including DOC, Regional or Local Councils, local iwi/hapū, and Forest & Bird branches. We are looking for an experienced programme manager to lead the team responsible for this important conservation work. Do you have conservation sector experience and a proven ability to manage programmes to deliver outcomes on time and within budget? Can you effectively manage and support a geographically distributed team of staff and contractors? Are you a collaborative team player? Do people describe you as organised and both strategic and details-focused? Do you have experience with relationship management and stakeholder engagement? Are you passionate about habitat restoration, biodiversity protection and species recovery and keen to work for a purpose-driven organisation? If this sounds like you, we have a rare opportunity to join the Forest & Bird team as our new Manager National Projects. This is a full-time role, based in Auckland or Wellington (other locations by negotiation). You would be contributing to Forest and Bird’s conservation mission by:  

  • Ensuring that Forest and Bird’s portfolio of practical conservation projects reflects best practice and achieves significant outcomes for indigenous biodiversity through activities including predator control, weed control, restoration planting and native species monitoring
  • Ensuring efficient and effective management of Forest & Bird’s National Conservation Projects team
  • Maximising the impact and strategic value of F&B’s practical conservation programme to both conservation and F&B as an organisation, including through supporting integration and collaboration across the Society
  • Building and supporting relationships with communities and partners (including local iwi and hapū, DOC, Councils and other conservation groups) that enable and support conservation objectives
  • Supporting volunteer recruitment and retention, and helping ensure that volunteers enjoy safe and rewarding volunteering experiences that support Project objectives

Forest & Bird welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and values diversity and inclusion. To be successful in this role, you will need the following: 

  • Sound programme management skills, with the ability to guide and direct others responsible for implementing specific projects, and experience developing work plans.
  • Experience working in and knowledge of the conservation sector (including understanding of key conservation issues as well as practical conservation challenges and practice).
  • Proven staff management experience, including leading a team of direct reports and managing performance, and budget management experience, including responsibility for budget planning and tracking.
  • Strategic with strong analytical skills and the ability to think systematically and laterally.
  • Ability to prepare fundraising applications and high quality financial and programme accountability reports.
  • Experience applying workplace health and safety practices is desirable.
  • Sound understanding of the needs of volunteers and the principles and practice of volunteering and volunteer programmes.  Experience managing volunteer programmes (or working with volunteers/as a volunteer) would be advantageous.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to adjust content and style according to the audience.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, with an ability to relate to a diverse range of stakeholders, including people of all backgrounds in the community and colleagues across the organisation.
  • Highly organised, resilient, and capable of managing a range of competing priorities.
  • Team player with collaborative working style and commitment to working with others to achieve shared goals.
  • Self-motivated with strong initiative, and an ability to initiate and complete tasks independently and in a timely manner.
  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19 (this includes being up to date with Covid-19 vaccine boosters at the frequency recommended by the Ministry of Health).
Job Expired August 7, 2022

Job Category: Environment / Conservation. Job Type: Full-Time.

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