3 Jun 2022

Contract South East Wildlink Project Manager

Forest & Bird  Papakura/Manukau, Auckland $40 per hour

Job Description

Do you want to manage a community conservation project to create a safe and thriving environment for native species?

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.

Forest & Bird is leading a community conservation project to create a safe and thriving eco-corridor for native species across southern Auckland by removing introduced animal pests. This project focuses on supporting private landowners and the wider community to engage in collective environmental action. We are looking for an experienced project manager to lead this inspiring community conservation project. 

Do you have experience delivering successful conservation projects on time and within budget? Can you effectively engage and enable a diverse team of community volunteers and landowners?  Do you have experience with training, relationship building, stakeholder engagement, and iwi liaison? Are you highly motivated and able to work independently?

If this sounds like you, you may be the person we’re looking for to join the Forest & Bird whānau as South East Wildlink Project Manager. This is a part-time contract role at 20hrs pw for 12 months. You must be able to travel regularly to work sites across southern Auckland.  You’ll be able to complete the administrative aspects of the role from home.

You would be contributing to Forest and Bird’s conservation mission by:  

  • Working with and supporting private landowners and volunteers to undertake predator control and species monitoring, including ensuring they receive appropriate training and understand health and safety requirements.
  • Overseeing delivery of practical conservation work including:
    • Maintaining, mapping, and expanding predator control networks, and ensuring catch data is accurately recorded;
    • Undertaking pest animal monitoring with landowners and volunteers;
    • Providing landowners with animal pest control plans, as well as pest plant control and revegetation advice;
    • Organising trap and bait distribution events;
    • Coordinating biodiversity monitoring (e.g. bird counts, bat and reptile monitoring); and
    • Analysing monitoring data to inform continuous improvement to operations.
  • Working with Forest & Bird National Projects Manager to develop and implement the project’s annual work plans (including communications and species monitoring plans) and budget, ensuring all reporting requirements are met.
  • Working with staff and external agencies to identify and secure additional funding.
  • Liaising with key project stakeholders including local landowners, local iwi and Auckland Council.

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: 

  •  A background in conservation, ecology or science, and working knowledge of key ecosystem types in the project area
  • Proven practical conservation management experience, preferably in a community/not-for-profit environment
  • At least two years’ experience conducting hands-on pest animal control and monitoring
  • Knowledge of native biodiversity monitoring (birds/bats/reptiles)
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and complete projects on time and within budget
  • Experience working with volunteers and understanding of the needs of volunteers and managing volunteer programmes
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, and the ability to work with and relate to a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Ability to explain and raise the profile of the project in the wider community
  • Experience investigating potential external funding sources and preparing successful funding applications would be advantageous
  • A high level of personal motivation, able to initiate and complete tasks independently and in a timely manner
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 software and experience using online Content Management Systems
  • Familiarity with GPS, GIS, and other mapping / spatial skills would be desirable
  • Your own vehicle and a clean full New Zealand Driver’s license

If this role excites you, send us your details!

Please email a current CV and cover letter telling us why you’re the person we’re looking for to [email protected] by 10pm 3 July 2022 (although we may interview candidates sooner, so don’t wait if you’re keen).  All applications will be acknowledged.

Please note: we will only shortlist candidates who have a current legal right to work in New Zealand and are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 (this includes being up to date with Covid-19 vaccine boosters).

Please contact Francesca at [email protected]  if you have specific queries about this role.

Job Category: Environment / Conservation. Job Type: Contract.

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