Careers in conservation & the environment

Biosecurity Officer, Predator Free – Northland Regional Council – Whangarei

  • Full Time
  • Whangarei
  • 27/09/2020

Website Northland Regional Council

  • Mix of field and office-based work
  • Small town benefits, big ambitions
  • Contribute to an exciting new project

We are the carers for Northland’s environment and community.

Are you one of us?
A few things you should know about Northland Regional Council… we aren’t about parking tickets, roading, building consents or any of that stuff!

Our work is ultimately about working together to care for our region’s incredible environment and many communities, matching our skills and resources with the vision and aspirations of our people.

Toitū te whenua, toitū to moana, toitū te tangata. If the land is well, if the sea is well, the people will thrive.

The opportunity awaits…
By joining the Biosecurity team, you’ll have the opportunity to be part of an exciting project and work with a range of passionate people within the Whangarei Heads and wider community.

You will be actively involved in the operational delivery of the Predator Free Whangarei programme, where the core objective is to demonstrate that possums can be completely removed from an area of approximately 9,000 ha across the Whangarei Heads peninsula. You will utilise your experience in animal pest control and/or eradication and work closely with community pest control groups.

Do you have what it takes?
We are looking for someone who can bring the following to our diverse talent pool:

  • Experience in animal pest control and eradication
  • Values strong relationships with members of the community and Treaty partners
  • Passion for the outdoors and natural environment
  • Physically fit and able to work in challenging weather and terrain
  • Comfortable working alone in remote areas.

We don’t just want someone that CAN do the job, we want someone who has the DRIVE do to a GREAT job and has a passion for what our organisation and values stand for. That’s why at NRC, we understand that sometimes the right person doesn’t ‘tick all the boxes’. If you don’t fit the mould exactly, but truly believe you can help contribute to the Predator Free Whangarei Project then tell us. We’ll consider it.

What’s in it for you?
We’ll pay you to do a job you love, and we also care about our staff.

Our team has grown a lot over the years, but our small organisation culture is still here. We celebrate our efforts, share wedding/baby pictures, host many shared morning teas, enjoy outings, annual fishing competitions and brunches, and have a lot of fun together. We have an active social club that comes up with great ideas, but if you’re also interested in the tangible stuff, we have that too – check out our benefits here.

What’s next?
Need more information? If so, contact our Biosecurity Manager – Partnerships and Strategy today.

The work we do really makes a difference and if you are someone who is motivated to contribute to the management of Northland’s environment, check out the position description and apply today.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency/citizenship, a valid NZ work visa, or the ability to qualify for a valid NZ work visa.

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Applications close: Sunday, 27th September 2020 and must be submitted online.


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