Careers in conservation & the environment

Programme Manager – Styx Living Laboratory Trust – Christchurch

  • Full Time
  • Christchurch
  • 24/09/2021

Website Styx Living Laboratory Trust

Salary: NZ$71,000 – $81,000 pa.

The Styx Living Laboratory Trust is a local river care group that’s passionate about creating a Living Laboratory in the Pūharakekenui/Styx. We were established in 2000 to achieve Vision 3 (Develop a “living laboratory” that focuses on both learning and research) of the Christchurch City Council`s `Styx Vision 2000 – 2040.’ Since then we have been guardians and advocates for the awa and the Pūharakekenui/Styx catchment.

Our trustees and volunteers are advocates for maintaining water quality and other values (including drainage, ecology, landscape, culture, recreation, and heritage values) in the awa. We care deeply about our water and want it to remain clean, healthy, biodiverse and available for future generations to use and enjoy.

There is now the opportunity to join us and work for the Styx Living Laboratory Trust as the Programme Manager for our new Work Programme. This is funded through the Freshwater Improvement Fund.

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning, forecasting budget, managing and reporting on the day-to-day delivery of defined objectives and outputs funded through the Freshwater Improvement Fund (FIF)
  • To be responsible for managing staff and volunteers, including recruitment, HR matters, workplace health and safety, staff training & development and payroll.
  • To facilitate community participation and the delivery of environmental education programmes
  • To demonstrate knowledge about the Pūharakekenui/Styx River catchment’s natural environment and advocate for its protection and restoration
  • To assist the Styx Living Laboratory Trust Board of Trustees to plan for the future sustainability of the work programme beyond the 5-year FIF funding period.

Ideally, the successful applicant will have the following:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor Degree
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Growsafe Agrichemical Applicator Certified
  • At least 5 years’ experience in relevant parks, conservation or recreation industry with supervisory/leadership/project management experience of at least 3 years
  • Knowledge of managing and developing natural areas – including aquatic ecosystems – and associated local, regional and national policy
  • Knowledge and experience with computer based accounting software
  • Community consultation and/or environmental education experience
  • Physically fit for outdoor work
  • Competent with keeping self and other safe while working in the outdoors.

Please email for copy of the position description.

Please apply with a CV & Cover Letter.

Applicants must be NZ residents or have valid work visas.

Applications close: 5pm Friday, 24th September 2021.


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