Careers in conservation & the environment

Biosecurity Officer (Predator Free) (x2) – Northland Regional Council – Whangarei

  • Fixed Term
  • Whangarei
  • 24/09/2021

Website Northland Regional Council

Reference: 5647649
  • Fixed-term for three years – two positions
  • Be part of a cutting-edge eradication project
  • Contribute to and enhance local biodiversity
  • Use newly developed innovative technology

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

The opportunity awaits…

This role offers the opportunity to join our team undertaking landowner engagement and operational delivery to achieve the ambitious goal of becoming possum free. The work will involve working in partnership with hapū/whanau, the community, and other agencies and organisations.

The diversity of our project makes for a fascinating and challenging range of fieldwork and stakeholder engagement opportunities. This role will focus on eradicating possums from the Whangarei Heads peninsula and involves the use of both traditional and new possum control tools.

By joining our team you’ll be able to build on your existing predator control or eradication experience and learn new skills managing remote reporting systems, using intensive monitoring to demonstrate proof of freedom, setting up a defensive barrier and collecting DNA samples.

Do you have what it takes?

We are looking for someone who can bring the following to our diverse talent pool:

  • Team player
  • Relates well to a wide range of people
  • Open-minded to new techniques and approaches
  • Proven ability to develop innovative solutions whilst maintaining continuity of service
  • Physically fit with the ability to work alone in challenging terrain
  • Passionate about the natural environment.

We don’t just want someone that CAN do the job, we want someone who has the DRIVE to do 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 the team deliver this ambitious 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.

We also walk the talk when it comes to flexible working. We support our staff during the good and hard times, 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 Operations Lead Su Sinclair 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.

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Applications close: Friday, 24 September 2021 and must be submitted through the NRC Recruitment Hub.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency/citizenship or a valid NZ work visa.

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