Predator Control Operations Manager – Landscape Connections Trust – Otago

  • Fixed Term
  • Otago
  • 19/11/2018

Landscape Connections Trust

Fixed-term position for up to 5 years

  • Are you passionate about contributing to conservation in Otago?
  • Are you a people leader who is skilled at inspiring and motivating others?

About the Trust:

Landscape Connections Trust (LCT) is an incorporated charitable trust which was established in 2009. LCT’s mission is to create healthy landscapes that support resilient communities.

LCT works with groups and individuals across the landscape north of Dunedin to enhance this special area.  Our community-led management strategy recognises that as well as protecting and managing specific high-value biodiversity areas, other actions are required to ensure broader ecosystem functionality and integrity across the project area.  Our health, wellbeing, lifestyles and economy are all dependent on a healthy natural environment and it is this underlying principle that drives our objectives to enhance the natural environment. We implement a number of projects, as part of our Halo Project.

The Halo Project’s predator control programme is our flagship project. This landscape-scale project involves the coordinated and strategic execution of predator control strategies across 12,500 hectares of public and private land across Dunedin’s northern coastline and volcanic hills, including the harbourside settlements.  The Halo Project’s predator control programme currently spans nearly 4,000 hectares around Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

About the Role:

Due to recently securing funding to expand the Halo Project, LCT has an opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Predator Control Operations Manager to join the team for a fixed-term 5 year contract.

Reporting to the Halo Project Manager, you will:

  • Be responsible for the operational planning and implementation of the predator control programme;
  • Initiate and manage predator management programmes with community groups and landowners;
  • Help develop systems to enable a functional and well-managed predator control programme;
  • Liaise with the wider Predator Free Dunedin partnership and report to stakeholders;
  • Undertake research and development to ensure the most effective and efficient tools and methods are used in both pest eradication and biodiversity monitoring;
  • Manage and support operational staff within the Halo project; and
  • Assist the Halo Project predator control staff, contractors and volunteers to fulfil their health and safety obligations.

You will:

  • Be an inspiring leader who is adaptable, innovative and creative;
  • Understand sound financial and contract management principles;
  • Have successful staff and contractor management experience;
  • Possess technical knowledge of predator control and monitoring;
  • Be able to implement field-based operations in a strategic and methodical manner;
  • Have a strong knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements;
  • Be an excellent communicator with an ability to relate to a range of people;
  • Have sound computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Office; and
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferably, you will also:

  • Be a competent user of project management software;
  • Have experience in conservation field work, preferably within a New Zealand context; and
  • Be competent in GIS.


If you believe you have the relevant experience to undertake this role please send your cover letter and CV to

For a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact Rhys Millar (Halo Project – Project Manager) – or Dave Sharp (Chair – Landscape Connections Trust) –

To be considered for this role, you must hold a valid NZ work visa.

Applications close at 5 pm Monday, 19th November 2018.



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