Careers in conservation & the environment

Kaiarahi Whenua | Field Supervisor – Nelmac – Nelson

  • Full Time
  • Nelson
  • 23/09/2021

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We’re proud to be working in partnership with Mana Whenua and local government partners to foster and develop the environmental leadership within Te Tau Ihu – connecting people and place together for now and for the future.  This three-year partnership project will focus on restoring sites in the Whangamoa and Wakapuaka catchments.

We’re looking for a Kaiarahi Whenua (Field Supervisor), to lead a team carrying out important conservation work on significant natural areas within Whangamoa and Wakapuaka landowner sites, providing opportunities to further develop skills in environmental leadership, cultural capability and to develop and foster your conservation knowledge.

You’ll lead and supervise small goal focused teams in the outdoors, with the support of a Team Leader. Your role will include practical training, mentoring and leading team performance. You’ll work with herbicides, and a range of hand tools and light machinery, including chainsaws and scrub bars.  With a good level of fitness, you will effectively lead a team working outdoors in all weather and terrains.

To be successful in this role you’ll have:

  • A passion for restoration of natural communities in collaboration with landowners.
  • Hands-on, practical experience in conservation or outdoors adventure teamwork
  • You will demonstrate the ability to share your knowledge and train those around you
  • Experience using chainsaws, hand tools and light machinery, ideally with NZQA credits
  • Ability to identify a range of common pest plants and a willingness to expand plant knowledge.
  • Health and safety awareness and leadership
  • The will and capability to lead and assist staff in a small team
  • Ability to prioritise work and lead work performance
  • Current Growsafe, chainsaw and first aid certificates (preferable).
  • ArcGIS field use and knowledge would be beneficial

Ideal candidates will have an interest in developing cultural capability related to conservation work and be passionate about protecting forests, wetlands and coastal ecosystems.  You may be one of our existing Rangers; completed Project Moturoa or simply be passionate about conservation in Te Tau Ihu.

How to Apply

You can apply with your CV and a Cover Letter on the role on our website:

If you have any role-specific questions, please contact: Haeata Meihana, Team Leader – Conservation, M: 0223 676 811.

Applications close Thursday, 30 September 2021 (unless filled prior).

All applications will be treated in confidence.


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