Careers in conservation & the environment

Kaitohutohu, Biodiversity Advisor (Advocacy and Events) – Greater Wellington Regional Council – Wellington or Masterton

Website Greater Wellington Regional Council

Fixed-term position

  • Are you passionate about making a difference for biodiversity?
  • Join an enthusiastic team doing work that really matters
  • Work in a collaborative and supportive environment

We are currently seeking a Biodiversity Advisor – Advocacy and Events to join our team at Greater Wellington Regional Council. The role is based in either Wellington or Masterton and is full-time for a fixed-term of 11 months.

About Greater Wellington

There’s a lot more to us than meets the eye. Here at Greater Wellington Regional Council, we’re working on the big things that will impact everyone in our region. Ensuring we have uninterrupted access to drinking water, staying safe from the threat of flooding, protecting and enhancing the environment, improving the quality of our fresh water, ensuring we are all connected through our public transport network and planning ahead for the potential impact of climate change across our region. We’re people who are genuinely passionate about the work we do, because we believe what we do counts.

We provide a diverse range of benefits including working options that help our staff balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. We’re also all about growing our people through professional development and experience across everything the council does.

About the role

In this role you will be coordinating events and managing resources to support schools and communities to connect with and restore biodiversity.

You will also be supporting mana whenua, external organisations and community members to develop a framework for biodiversity in the region. Other tasks you may be involved with include contract management, engaging with the public and helping to deliver GW’s work in an environmentally sound manner.

You will be joining the Biodiversity Strategy and Advice team. We support the community to connect with nature and enable better decision making that affects indigenous biodiversity and ecosystems. We work closely with mana whenua, other organisations and community groups to achieve shared objectives.

Skills and experience required

The ideal candidate will be experienced in coordinating events, and have great organisational skills. You will be an excellent communicator and collaborator and be able to work well with a diverse range of people to build constructive relationships within and outside of the organisation. Your knowledge of and experience with tikanga Māori supports this.

You will need:

  • A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in event management, teaching, ecology or environmental management
  • At least three years’ experience in event management and/or recreation and/or ecological restoration and/or community engagement
  • To be enthusiastic about nature and excited about working with others to look after it.

Refer to the Job Description for a full list of knowledge, skills and behaviours essential for this role.

How to apply

Click on the Apply link to view the job description and to apply for the role with a cover letter and CV.

For further information about this position please contact Micheline Evans on 027 370 1534.

Applications close: Monday, 25 October 2021.

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