Careers in conservation & the environment

Field Coordinator – Conservation Volunteers New Zealand – Lyttelton Harbour

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Conservation Volunteers is a national, not-for-profit, community-based organisation that is dedicated to involving volunteers in conservation projects for the betterment of Aotearoa’s environment.  Each year we engage thousands of volunteers on meaningful conservation projects across the country.  By becoming a member of the Conservation Volunteers team, you will be using your passion for conservation to enable this work to continue.

Field Coordinator

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand is seeking an experienced Field Coordinator who is passionate about conservation. This person will help with the day-to-day delivery of the He rau ringa e oti ai/ Helping Hands Programme.  This exciting programme is a partnership between Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc, Living Springs and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand.  This three-year programme will be delivered in Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour. The aim of this visionary programme is to reinstate the mauri across our landscape by restoring mana, ecological connectivity and restoring threatened habitats. This programme is dedicated to the restoration of mahinga kai. Conservation Volunteers New Zealand will deliver a varied three-year work programme on Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke Inc reserve land and at other sites throughout the harbour.

The Field Coordinator will ideally have an understanding of Te Ao Māori. They will also have a strong understanding of conservation management methods, together with a genuine commitment to safe work practices. They will be responsible for supervising seven Field Officers. They will have a strong work ethic and will be able to lead from the front. They will have experience working outdoors in rugged terrain in variable weather conditions.  They will have strong communication and interpersonal skills with demonstrated time management experience. Problem-solving skills will be highly regarded.

Essential Qualifications & Experience

  • Have an understanding of conservation management methods and ability to lead practical conservation projects
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills both verbal & written
  • Ability to lead and motivate groups
  • Excellent understanding of conservation practices and methodologies
  • Defensive Driving Certificate obtained within the last 5 years (will be part of training)
  • Current Senior First Aid Certificate (will be provided as part of the role)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Level 3 (will be provided as part of the role).

This position is full time 38 hrs per week 3-year contract located in Whakaraupō/ Lyttelton Harbour.

If this opportunity excites you, a full position description is available from our website

Enquiries can be directed to the HR Coordinator by email

Applications close: Sunday 26th September 2021.


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