Project Lead Parks Restoration – Greater Wellington Regional Council – Wellington, Upper Hutt and/or Kapiti

Website Greater Wellington Regional Council

Fixed-term for Three Years

  • Are you passionate about taking climate action by restoring our natural environment?
  • Do you want to work in a role which will make a real difference to the Wellington region?
  • Are you proactive and well-organised?

We have an exciting fixed-term opportunity for a Parks Restoration Project Lead to assist Greater Wellington’s Parks Department to phase out grazing in our regional parks and progressively restore the land to its natural state. The Parks Restoration Project Lead will implement the restoration of the parks network in line with Greater Wellingtons climate objectives and its Toitū Te Whenua Parks Network Plan 2020-30.

In this role you will:

  • Lead large scale native restoration projects across Regional Parks
  • Use your skills, experience and knowledge to enable this transformation
  • Join an enthusiastic team doing work that really matters.

The role location is flexible (Wellington, Upper Hutt and/or Kapiti) and is full-time for a fixed-term of three years.

This role is being advertised in conjunction with a Restoration Coordinator, One Billion Trees role (Ref: GW1525361)

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 are protecting and enhancing the environment, improving the quality of our fresh water, ensuring access to our Parks and Forests 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

The Parks Retirement and Restoration Programme, is to run over the next ten years in line with actions and objectives set out in the Greater Wellington Climate Emergency Response and the Toitū Te Whenua Parks Network Plan 2020-30.

Greater Wellington is currently preparing a plan to design the phase out of grazing and progressively restore indigenous ecosystems across the Greater Wellington parks network. Greater Wellington requires the services of a Project Lead to implement the Plan and operationalise its delivery to achieve the desired outcomes.

This will be a substantial piece of work and a fundamental step toward achieving Greater Wellington’s (GW) organisational carbon neutrality targets and delivery of corporate climate objectives.

You will be joining the Parks department, where we are focussed on providing accessible opportunities for people to experience the outdoors and achieving good outcomes for regional biodiversity. We collaborate with teams from across the organisation as well as mana whenua partners, other agencies and the wider community, to manage the Regional Park network.

Skills and experience required

The ideal candidate will be skilled in project management, community and stakeholder engagement, effectively communicating and collaborating with a wide range of people. They will bring their knowledge of planning and restoration techniques and practice to GW and be capable of managing the range of logistics and planning associated with successful restoration projects.

You will need:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification (e.g., ecology, environmental management) or equivalent experience
  • At least five years’ experience in ecological restoration, project management and community engagement
  • Ability to plan, implement and monitor programmes within budget.

How to apply

Click on the “Apply for job” 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 Wayne Boness 021 667 321. For any other questions please contact .

Applications close: Friday, 30 April 2021.

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