Careers in conservation & the environment

Biosecurity Specialist (Feral Deer) – Northland Regional Council – Whangarei

  • Full Time
  • Whangarei
  • 27/09/2021

Website Northland Regional Council

  • Mix of field and office-based work; multi-disciplinary focus
  • Relocation assistance may be available for the successful candidate
  • Contribute to and enhance local communities

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…

Northland is one of New Zealand’s last remaining regions where large deer populations have not established, and we want to keep it that way. Our deer response programme to date has kept numbers low and we are now looking for a specialist that can take our programme to the next level. We are seeking a dynamic wild animal control professional that has strategic planning experience and excellent communication skills to lead a region-wide eradication.

By joining our Biosecurity team, you’ll have the opportunity to lead New Zealand’s first regional deer eradication programme. You will utilise your experience in deer control, working with rural communities along with your strategic planning experience to make our deer free vision a reality. The role includes contract management, relationship management, and strategic planning, and you will be working alongside other agencies, the deer farming community, hapu to achieve our deer free vision.

Do you have what it takes?

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

  • Minimum five years’ experience in the planning and delivery of wild animal control programs in government entities and/ or private sector
  • A degree in biosecurity, agriculture, forestry or similar an advantage or diploma with significant experience
  • Background in deer hunting and building strong relationships with rural communities and mana whenua
  • Proven experience writing strategic documents and reports at a senior level
  • Ability to network and influence various agencies, groups and stakeholders

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 drive Northlands’s deer eradication programme 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 have remote workers, home workers, part-time workers, condensed weeks and more. 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 Biosecurity Manager, Don McKenzie 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…

To apply for this job go to: www.nrc.govt.nz/jobs.

Applications close: Monday, 27 September 2021 and must be submitted online.

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

 

Northland Regional Council

To apply for this job please visit northlandrc.recruitmenthub.co.nz.