Conservation Field Worker (Weed Specialist) – Living Springs – Whakaraupō | Lyttelton Harbour

Website Living Springs

Salary: $27.00/hr
Part-time (24 hrs/wk) position for 12 months


Living Springs is a unique retreat and conference centre nestled at the southern end of the Port Hills in Whakaraupō / Lyttelton Harbour. Renowned for its commitment to environmental stewardship, Living Springs is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of its surroundings. Our conservation efforts span the entire Allandale catchment ki uta ki tai, focusing on sustainable practices and habitat restoration to support local wildlife and biodiversity.

Living Springs is deeply community-oriented, actively engaging with a diverse network of volunteers. Together, we work collaboratively on various projects, from conservation initiatives to community events, fostering a sense of shared responsibility and stewardship for our environment.

In addition to our environmental initiatives, Living Springs offers a wide array of programs and activities designed to foster personal development, outdoor adventure, and community building. Our facilities cater to diverse groups, including schools, corporate teams, and community organizations, providing them with enriching experiences in a serene natural setting.

By joining the Living Springs team, you will be part of an organization that values conservation, community engagement, and environmental education, while also contributing to the broader mission of creating meaningful and transformative experiences for all who us.

Summary Statement

The Field worker will be responsible for contributing to biodiversity enhancement at Living Springs.

They will work closely with other staff and volunteers to deliver and monitor conservation outcomes.

The ideal candidates will be organised, conscientious and have experience working outdoors in rugged terrain and in variable weather conditions. This role will suit a self-motivated person with a strong work ethic. Someone that can operate well both in an isolated environment and as part of a team. They will have a strong community focus.


As a Conservation Field Worker, your work will include:

Weed Specialist

  • Create a master plan for managing and eliminating invasive weeds on Living Springs property (most common species Old Mans Beard, Wilding Pine, Boneseed, Himalayan Honeysuckle).
  • Organise and carry out field work to remove invasive pest plant
  • Work with volunteers to carry out field work, will involve liaising with volunteers and community partners to support these onsite activities being delivered.
  • Managing people’s safety in the field and reporting on any incidents and accidents.
  • Training people in the field to carry out their duties safely and effectively.
  • Support community members and neighbouring properties with methods of control and promote awareness of these invasive weeds.
  • Create a good practise guide to removing invasive weeds for community and volunteers to use.
  • Plant Release – may involve spraying off planted areas and or working with volunteers to hand release plants.
  • Managing Agri chemicals and PPE equipment to carry out work safely and per industry standards. Will involve managing inventory supplies, ordering, ensuring that PPE equipment is supplied and kept in good working condition for volunteers.
  • Working with technology such as GIS systems for managing and tracking weeds in the field.
  • Monthly reporting on progress and deliverables.

Other Various tasks may include.

  • Planting native trees
  • Track maintenance
  • Native and pest species monitoring
  • Working to establish and regularly check traplines for predator control purposes
  • Effectively participating in a team to ensure best conservation outcomes are met
  • Adhering to Living Springs New Zealand Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) policies regarding the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Identifying and recognizing a range of local weed and indigenous plant species
  • Establishing and maintaining high levels of team morale and motivation among the team
  • Responding within approved procedures in the case of an accident or
  • Involvement in leadership or strategic meetings
  • Ensuring the care, maintenance and safe operation of vehicles, trailers, tools and equipment
  • Representing Living Springs in the local community and setting high standards of professional leadership and personal behaviour
  • Other duties as directed by Living Springs.

All Living Springs Employees

  • Maintain a strong focus on Workplace Health and Safety and actively provide leadership to ensure all operations maintain a strong safety culture
  • Increase community awareness of our organisation and its impacts through the promotion of Living Springs purpose and projects
  • Work in accordance with Living Springs Policies & Procedures and the Employee Code of Conduct
  • Actively contribute to maintaining team morale & motivation
  • Respond within approved procedures in the case of an accident or emergency
  • Exhibit high standards of professional and personal behaviour
  • Are police vetted.

Essential Experience

  • Relevant experience or qualifications with managing invasive weeds
  • Passionate about conservation
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively as part of a team
  • Good work ethic and reliability
  • Willingness to learn about mātauranga Māori and kaitiakitanga
  • Must have NZ Work Visa.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • Full Driver’s License
  • Grow safe Standard or Higher
  • Previous experience with conservation work
  • Safe operation of equipment and tools
  • First Aid Certificate.

You can apply by emailing your Cover Letter and CV to

Closing date: Wednesday, 24 July 2024.


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