Project Director – Hollyford Conservation Trust – Location negotiable, Lower South Island

Website Hollyford Conservation Trust


The Hollyford Conservation Project involves predator control, native and predator species monitoring, and a translocation programme – all for the purposes of ecological restoration over a 2600 ha project area in the Lower Hollyford Valley at Martins Bay, Fiordland.  The project is a community initiative led by the Hollyford Conservation Trust.

The Trust works closely with the Department of Conservation, iwi and other stakeholders in order to settle annual work plans that are geared towards meeting longer term objectives. These plans are in turn delivered on-the-ground using a mix of contract and volunteer labour. The project began in 2014 and is sustained through the financial and in-kind support that stakeholders provide.

The Trust seeks the services of an experienced manager or management team to drive the project forward on the community’s behalf.

Applications are accordingly invited from suitably qualified individuals, or project management teams, who are able to work collaboratively to combine their expertise with the advice already available to the Trust. This is in order to facilitate delivery of a leading edge, best practice programme to continue the progress that has already been made.


There is no fixed location where the Project Director must be based but occasional travel is necessary to fulfil the position’s responsibilities. Trust meetings are usually bi-monthly and held in Queenstown. Most other Trust activity arises within the lower South Island region including Te Anau, Invercargill, Dunedin, and in the Lower Hollyford Project Area itself.

Hours of Work

To this point the position has been a contract position with variable hours that have averaged about 20 hours per week.


The Project Director’s core responsibilities fall into 2 broad categories and are listed below.  Candidates who have strengths in one or both areas of responsibility are invited to apply with ongoing assistance or mentoring being available as necessary to ensure all responsibilities can be met.

Responsibilities -involving Trust management and administration

  • Regular contact with Trust chair to facilitate informed discussion and decision making.
  • Preparation of reports and agenda for Trust meetings; participation in discussion at Trust meetings; ensuring minutes are drafted to record meeting outcomes.
  • Co-ordinate stakeholder engagement on project direction and resourcing.
  • Oversee the ongoing development of Trust’s communication plan and its delivery to stakeholders, including website and newsletter publication.
  • Investigate funding opportunities and resolve applications for funding; liaise with donors, and ensure proper accountability with all stakeholders and donors.
  • Facilitate payment of Trust outgoings with co-signing trustees; liaise with Trust accountant and auditors to ensure the orderly handling of GST and annual account preparation processes.
  • Keep and maintain proper records and otherwise ensure orderly operation of Trust affairs.

Responsibilities – involving management of work within the project area

  • Negotiate, manage and arrange auditing of contract predator control, monitoring and maintenance work; facilitate and/or lead the same where volunteer labour is involved.
  • Work with DOC staff, iwi, and other stakeholders to facilitate the translocation of native species back into the project area.
  • Ensuring the consents necessary to run the Trust’s programme are current, adhered to, and renewed as necessary.
  • Ensuring Health and Safety obligations are met and central to all Trust work and processes.
  • Otherwise ensure the orderly delivery of the Trust’s programme of work.

Note: there is likely to be the opportunity for the Project Director to undertake additional contract work (e.g. monitoring) within the project area, if desired. The terms of any such work would be negotiated separately and be in addition to the Project Director’s day to day responsibilities.

To apply for the position please submit a CV, covering letter, and any supporting references to; or for more information please email the same address at first instance.

Applications close Monday, 29 April 2019 at 5 pm or as soon thereafter as a suitable applicant is found.



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