Reconnecting Northland Community Activator – Reconnecting Northland – Whangarei

  • Full Time
  • Whangarei
  • Mar 23, 2018

Website Reconnecting Northland

Full-time position

Whenua ora, wai ora, tangata ora – Our land and our people flourishing together

Are you a people person? Do you have great communication skills, strong community, iwi and hapū connections and experience in working in conservation, environmental or ecological work? Do you have experience in enabling collective impact? Are you passionate about the health of the natural world and the well-being of the people of Northland? Then this could be the perfect challenge for you.

We are seeking a suitably skilled, experienced and connected person to join the innovative and transformational Reconnecting Northland programme team.

Reconnecting Northland is leading a programme of connectivity conservation – a new paradigm for conservation in New Zealand. By taking a longer-term view of the landscape and the natural processes that contribute to ecosystem functioning and resilience and recognising human interdependence on the landscape and natural world, Reconnecting Northland seeks to enable a mutual interdependence based upon a healthy, natural environment that provides sustainable livelihoods for its human inhabitants. Further information about the Reconnecting Northland can be found on the programme’s website –

This newly established position within the Reconnecting Northland Trust is Northland-based and will play a critical role in activating the Reconnecting Northland connectivity approach by working with a wide range of groups and organisations to enable large-scale community-led conservation through collective impact.

The successful applicant will from part of a team who work alongside each other in a complementary, supportive and uplifting manner, creating value and contributing to the collective suite of skills across the following areas:

Relationship building and management, community engagement, ecological restoration, indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, proposal writing, fundraising, co-design, group facilitation, project planning, coaching, GIS mapping capability, future design thinking, financial management, story-telling, creativity and communications.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A sound understanding of Northland and its communities, with effective networking skills
  • Confidence to work respectfully and effectively within Māori cultural contexts including a familiarity and ability to move with ease within settings involving tikanga Māori
  • Experience and fluency in effective verbal and written communications in English for different channels and audiences, including presenting to audiences and facilitating workshops
  • Experience and fluency in effective verbal and written communications in Te Reo Māori is highly desirable
  • Applied knowledge of co-design techniques and collective impact
  • Proven project management skills – a broad spectrum of efficient administrative, financial and organisational skills and practices
  • Practical experience in environmental restoration, predator control and other ecosystem management
  • A sound understanding of ecological principles within the New Zealand context
  • Ability to effectively and professionally brief, and work in partnership with, consultants, contractors, researchers, service providers and volunteers
  • Electronic communications skills, including the production of online content
  • Any relevant specific skills such as photography, video, GIS mapping, first aid, etc
  • A New Zealand driver’s licence.

For more information about the role, please contact Jo Kiely at Full details are in the position description which is available on

Please email your CV and a covering letter as a single document by 5pm Friday 23 March 2018 to

Applications are welcome from New Zealand residents and those holding a current New Zealand work visa.


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