16 Apr 2021

Part-Time Tree Champion

Pest Free Kaipatiki Restoration Society –  North Shore City, Auckland

Job Description

Are you looking for a role where you can fulfil your passion for protecting native trees?

Would you like to be able to weave your mātauranga of te ao Māori in with western ways of viewing the world, and share this with local communities? 

Are you proactive and persistent, confident to lead an exciting new community led initiative? 

Would you relish the opportunity to engage the local community in actions to restore and protect our urban forest taonga?

If this sounds  like you, then read on….

The ‘Greening of Kaipātiki’ project

PFK are excited to launch the pilot of this new project which will engage the community in actions to enhance native tree cover, thus providing improved habitat for native birds, bats and insects. This community-led initiative acknowledges the principles of te ao Māori;  inspiring and activating the community to preserve, value and plant native trees. The community will benefit not only from an enhanced natural environment but also the flow-on benefits from volunteering and actively contributing to the regeneration of their surrounding green spaces. 

Tree Champion essential attributes and skills:

Strong interest in and knowledge of ecology, biodiversity and biosecurity issues especially native forest ecosystems.

An appreciation for and a willingness to work within the principles of te ao Māori and Tiriti o Waitangi.

Demonstrated people skills in

Effective and sensitive communications with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Initiating face-to-face communication with individuals and groups as well as good phone, written, internet and other communications. 

Developing and working with team members, groups of volunteers, contractors, staff -sharing knowledge, coaching, mentoring, motivating 

Volunteer engagement – build relationships, plan, delegate, foster, support, anticipate issues working across with our diverse community and 

Physically fit and mobile – capable of field work in steep, forested areas

High level of expert knowledge of and ongoing development of practical skills in the following areas: 

Native plants, identification, care, appropriate planting experience

Pest plants and garden escapees 

Practical experience and confidence in managing and undertaking: 

Native plant regeneration and revegetation

Pest plant control using organic, mechanical and agrichemical techniques

Pest animal control using organic, mechanical and agrichemical techniques

Kauri dieback, myrtle rust and other disease precautions and protocols

Identifying plant species – especially native plants, pest plants, garden escapees 

Demonstrated work experience of being a “self starter” showing initiative and ability to complete prioritised projects and to report on work tasks accomplished and complete related financial / budget and other required administrative steps. 

Has the ability, experience and confidence to make this project their own.

Strong time management skills – able to juggle and bring to completion multiple  priorities. 

Ability to undertake project monitoring and reporting to agreed standards and procedures. 

Capability with computer systems (e.g. emails, documents, spreadsheeting, general computer, map and GIS concepts, internet usage, cloud storage, basic database skills, social media). 

General administrative capabilities and knowledge: purchasing, equipment/stock control, expenditure, health and safety management and procedures. 

Own transport with insurance and current relevant driving licence

Desirable attributes and experience:

Relevant tertiary qualifications 

The ability to converse in te Reo Māori or another language an advantage

High level of expert knowledge of and ongoing development of practical skills in the following areas:

Nursery or husbandry experience

Mechanical and agrichemical pest plant control methods in a native biodiversity  

High level of knowledge and confidence to undertake monitoring and reporting to agreed standards and procedures including: 

Monitoring tools and databases (eg TrapNZ, EcoTrack, Walk the Line) and reporting tools, GIS maps etc (such as CatchIT) 

Pest and native plant monitoring methodology and tools (eg photopoints)

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

Quietly persistent

Happy to acknowledge diverse perspectives and to share and enjoy progress

Take initiative/ take ownership/ be innovative/ be motivating

Current first aid certificate (or ability to obtain one) 

GrowSafe /Approved Handler certificate or ability to achieve it. 

The ‘Tree Champion’ will:
Facilitate rakau workshops with expert kaiako to inspire and educate the community on application of native plant taonga to rongoa and other uses. 

Facilitate tree planting events with volunteer and school groups

Work with stakeholders to deliver a ‘street tree campaign’: promoting a tree loving culture, facilitating street tree planting, education and engagement of residents to participate in appropriate and effective aftercare.  

Recruit volunteer Tree Ambassadors to promote the project, and to support residents in their local community, and at planting days. 

Report all trees planted into the Trees that Count database

Deliver and report on designated projects, campaigns and other actions as requested

Position status:

This is a contract position; 0.5FTE for a fixed term of 42 weeks.

The specific tasks are contained in the Project Management Plan. At times, the Tree Champion will be expected to work as part of a team with PFK Restoration Advisers, other Programme Coordinator/s and with volunteers, 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 outlining why you’re a great fit for this role to:

[email protected]

Job Category: Environment / Conservation. Job Type: Part-Time. Job Salary: 20,000 - 40,000.

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