Careers in conservation & the environment

Conservation Project Manager – Puketi Forest Trust – Northland

  • Fixed Term
  • Northland
  • 05/08/2021

Website Puketi Forest Trust

This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of Aotearoa’s most diverse forest ecosystems and make a valuable contribution to biodiversity and community well-being. It is a full-time 3 year fixed-term position managing and leading the forest restoration work of Puketi Forest Trust.

About the Project

Puketi Forest Trust is a community conservation group with the mission to restore and protect Puketi Forest in central Northland ( The Trust currently carries out stoat and feral cat control on 5,600 ha and intensive rat and possum control over a 650 ha core area.

In partnership with Te Puna Korowai Rahui o Puketi/Omahuta and the Department of Conservation, the Trust is about to expand its pest control network to control pests (stoats, feral cats, possums, rats, goats, pigs and invasive plants) at landscape scale across Puketi/Omahuta to protect priority taonga species including bats, kiwi, kokako, NI robin, kauri snail, Dactylanthus and Davallia.

The project will involve establishing and training a team of pest control operators, installing and servicing a network of traps and bait stations to cover the remainder of Puketi/Omahuta (another 9,000 ha of stoat & feral cat control and 700 ha of rat & possum control), goat and pig control, control of invasive weeds to protect priority river catchments, and wilding pine restoration. The project has a dual focus on biodiversity enhancement and skills development in the local community, building capacity in pest control, pest monitoring, species management work and business capability.

About the Role

The project manager will report directly to the Puketi Forest Trust Board and will lead a team of nine kaimahi – pest control operators, two field supervisors, a project administrator and existing contractors. The manager’s role will include a mix of field and office work. Tasks and responsibilities will include team building; training; planning and managing multi-species pest control by direct employees and contractors; monitoring pests and protected wildlife; reporting to and liaison with the trust board, the Puketi/Omahuta rōpu, DOC and landowners; coordinating trust volunteers; managing health & safety, and ensuring that financial targets are met.

What we are looking for


  • Experience in project management including the efficient planning and delivery of complex projects.
  • Experience in forest ecosystem restoration, predator control and wildlife monitoring.
  • Experience and knowledge of people management and ability to motivate and develop others.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and professionally in partnership with colleagues.
  • Experience of working with community-based models with strong environmental principles.
  • Initiative and problem-solving ability.
  • Clear and effective communication in written and spoken English.
  • Comfortable in Te Ao Māori (fluency/partial fluency in Te Reo and local connections an advantage).
  • Competent with Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Physically fit, drug free and competent in bush navigation, use of maps and GPS.
  • Full driver’s license.


  • Keen interest in conservation and ecosystem protection.
  • Inclusive decision maker.
  • Able to build effective relationships with diverse communities.
  • Organised and able to multi-task.
  • Innovative and an effective problem solver.

A detailed job description can be obtained at

What’s in it for you?

A competitive salary commensurate with the role and the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

A supportive and collaborative working environment, you will be working with a great team delivering effective solutions to improve Northland’s biodiversity.

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role, its work context and your personal work preferences. We try to balance the needs of the Team and you.

To Apply

Please apply by email to with a CV and covering letter describing how you meet the requirements above.

To apply for this position you must be a NZ citizen/resident or hold a valid NZ work visa.

For enquiries, please contact Gary Bramley email:

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday, 5 August 2021.


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