Careers in conservation & the environment

Community Coordinator – Styx Living Laboratory Trust – Christchurch

  • Full Time
  • Christchurch
  • 24/09/2021

Website Styx Living Laboratory Trust

Salary: NZ$52,000 – $62,000 pa.

The Styx Living Laboratory Trust is a local river care group that’s passionate about creating a Living Laboratory in the Pūharakekenui/Styx. We were established in 2000 to achieve Vision 3 (Develop a “living laboratory” that focuses on both learning and research) of the Christchurch City Council`s `Styx Vision 2000 – 2040.’ Since then we have been guardians and advocates for the awa and the Pūharakekenui/Styx catchment.

Our trustees and volunteers are advocates for maintaining water quality and other values (including drainage, ecology, landscape, culture, recreation, and heritage values) in the awa. We care deeply about our water and want it to remain clean, healthy, biodiverse and available for future generations to use and enjoy.

There is now the opportunity to join us and work for the Styx Living Laboratory Trust as the Community Coordinator for our new Work Programme. This is funded through the Freshwater Improvement Fund.

Responsibilities Include:

  • To build and maintain working relationships with external stakeholders including elected members, sporting groups, user groups, residents’ associations, local schools and businesses and visitors.
  • To be responsible for managing volunteers, including advertising, health and safety, training & development and promotions as well as overseeing regular volunteering events.
  • To facilitate community participation and the delivery of environmental education programmes.
  • To demonstrate knowledge about the Pūharakekenui/Styx River catchment’s natural environment and advocate for its protection and restoration.
  • To assist the Programme Manager in delivering a successful work plan, supported by volunteer events.

Ideally, the successful candidate will have the following:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Current First Aid Certificate & Full Driver’s Licence
  • At least 3 years’ experience in relevant stakeholder relationship field
  • Knowledge of managing and developing natural areas – including aquatic ecosystems – and associated local, regional and national policy.
  • Knowledge and experience with computer based office software Community consultation and/or environmental education experience
  • Physically fit for outdoor work
  • Competent with keeping self and others safe while working in the outdoors.

Please email for copy of the position description.

Please apply with a CV & Cover Letter.

Applicants must be NZ residents or have valid work visas.

Applications close: 5pm Friday, 24th September 2021.


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