Regional Representative – Manawatu-Whanganui – QEII National Trust | Ngā Kairauhī Papa – Manawatu-Whanganui

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Use your ecological experience to help grow Aotearoa’s private land conservation network in the Manawatu-Whanganui region.

  • Contribute to conservation on private land within the Manawatu-Whanganui region
  • Aotearoa’s leading private land conservation organisation
  • Work with a variety of ecosystem types and landscapes
  • Great work/life balance with contracting hours

QEII National Trust is looking for an independent contractor to act as our regional representative in the Manawatu-Whanganui region. The contract is 1,400 hours per year.

Regional representatives (reps) work closely with landowners to achieve protection of native biodiversity values on private land, provide valuable ecological management advice and support, and assist landowners in meeting their covenant stewardship obligations. This work involves field-based assessments of the values and threats present and preparing information for consideration by the executive. In doing so, reps work closely with our ecological and legal advisors in the Wellington office.

A sound ecological understanding of our indigenous flora, fauna, and the threats they face within Manawatu-Whanganui is desirable. Alongside, a proven ability to build lasting partnerships across multiple sectors (including with regional councils, territorial authorities, iwi, and local community groups), comfort accessing and working in remote backcountry areas is necessary. Experience working with landowners and applying practical and resourceful land management solutions would be an advantage.

The successful Manawatu-Whanganui applicant would be engaged as an independent contractor for 1,400 hours per year. The successful applicant would supply a home/office set-up and suitable vehicle, with mileage reimbursed based on the IRD rate.

About us – QEII National Trust | Ngā Kairauhī Papa 

Our mission is to inspire private landowners to protect and enhance areas of ecological and cultural significance on their land. Almost 70% of New Zealand is in private ownership, so protecting biodiversity and heritage on private land is critical to reversing the decline of indigenous biodiversity and preserving our history.

We are an independent charitable organisation that partners with private landowners to protect sites on their land with covenants. A covenant is an agreement between QEII and a landowner to protect land forever. The landowner continues to own and manage the protected land, and the covenant and protection stays on the land, even when the property is sold to a new owner.

Our partnerships have created a growing network of over 5,000 protected areas throughout Aotearoa. These covenants protect more than 190,000 ha of private land and play a key role as a refuge for some of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered biodiversity and ecosystems.

How to apply  

If this contracting opportunity sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

The services and requirements of the contract are available here.

If you have any questions or for more information on the position, please email

To apply please send your cover letter and CV to by 9am Thursday, 7 December 2023.  

You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand to apply.


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