Manager – Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group – Otago Peninsula

Website Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Become involved in one of New Zealand’s more ambitious predator control projects.  The Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group (OPBG) was established in 2008, when a small group of individuals came together out of a shared desire now partnered with Predator free Dunedin to enhance and protect the natural values of the Otago Peninsula through eradication of the possum over the next 5 years.   Having removed over 18,000 possums, developed community trapping programmes, vegetation, bird, rodent and lizard monitoring programmes, we are changing our objective from management to eradication of the possum.  We are also investigating, developing and installing new tools and mechanisms to enable us to demonstrate that we can protect the Otago Peninsula from re-invasion by possums.

The ability for us to plan and committee to a 5 year delivery model has been given effect through the provision of funding by Predator Free 2050 Ltd.  The activities of OPBG are managed by the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Trust, a registered charitable trust.

OPBG is seeking to engage a 0.8 – 1 FTE Manager who will lead us in this bold endeavour of single species eradication under the umbrella of Predator Free Dunedin and Predator Free 2050 Ltd.  The appointee will be responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion for the next 5 years, consistent with OPBG strategies, commitments and goals.   They will be a direct report to the trustees and be fully responsible for implementation of trustee objectives and direction.

The core focus of OPBG is the eradication of the possum and the on-going protection from re-invasion on the Otago Peninsula.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Lead, motivate and involve the wider Peninsula community, including urban residents, rural landowners, volunteers, and other individuals and groups, to achieve a pest-free Peninsula. With the possum being a specific target species
  2. Produce relevant and timely reports for OPBG, funders and other parties with such frequency as required.
  3. There will continue to be a smaller requirement to investigate and submit applications for funding, and actively seek and manage potential key project funding-partnerships.
  4. But as we have the significant proportion of our funding secured for the next 5 years, the priority will be to the deliverables required to implement the eradication plan.

The successful applicant will have: 

  • Project management experience, including a demonstrated ability to implement strategy.
  • A strong attention to detail.
  • Sound financial and budgeting skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and proven ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • An understanding of modern pest control operations.
  • Proven ability to manage staff, contractors and volunteers.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Current NZ driver’s licence.

If you think you have the relevant experience to undertake this role and would like to know more please email the OPBG Chairperson, Hoani Langsbury, for a Job Description at  (Subject: OPBT PM Application).

 Applications close: Friday, 15th March 2019.




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