Careers in conservation & the environment

Senior Ecologist – Wildlife Management International Limited – Blenheim

  • Permanent
  • Blenheim
  • 29/10/2021

Website Wildlife Management International Limited

Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL) is an ecological consultancy which carries out a range of research and conservation management projects, with a primary focus on protecting, managing, and monitoring natural ecosystems. A key focus of our work is invasive species eradication, control, biosecurity and auditing, bird research and monitoring and ecological surveys. Clients include central and regional government, crown research institutes, non‐government organisations, community‐led conservation groups, and private sector businesses.

Many projects involve working closely with local organisations and communities in a partnership approach, which WMIL sees as critical to achieving long‐term conservation gains. WMIL is a Toitū carbonzero certified organisation with a commitment to managing and offsetting its emissions. WMIL has a strong ornithological background, with our team being some of the country’s leading bird researchers. Ensuring that this is more than just a job, we have a real passion for nature, its conservation and research.

The Opportunity

WMIL is seeking a highly experienced ecologist to join our motivated team. The position is based in Blenheim, Marlborough, but will involve multiple overnight field trips to work on a range of our challenging and rewarding projects throughout New Zealand. The work focuses on seabird and terrestrial bird research, braided river ecological monitoring, ecological management action, predator control and eradication, biosecurity, detection/incursion response, and Predator Free 2050 projects along with other ecological projects.

This is an excellent opportunity for an ecologist wanting to join an experienced and specialised conservation and restoration ecology company focusing on avian research, invasive species management and the Predator Free NZ vision, with a commitment to local action in a partnership approach with community groups and local organisations.

Person Specification

The successful applicant will require the following skills and attributes:

  • A degree in a biological science or environmental subject.
  • A minimum of Level 2 Banding qualifications (preferably Level 3 Banding) in seabirds, terrestrial birds and/or waders.
  • Physically fit and capable of undertaking strenuous field work.
  • Experience in managing ecological projects including delegation of tasks and team members to complex regional, national, and international projects.
  • Thorough understanding of financial and budgeting processes and principles.
  • Ability to produce concise, high quality, written work, and reports to managed timescales.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Work Safety skills, such as First Aid training and any other knowledge that will prove beneficial in ensuring a safe work environment.
  • A full New Zealand driver’s license.
  • Must be a New Zealand citizen or hold a current New Zealand work visa.

For a full job description and associated information please email: Keri Winter, Wildlife Management International Limited on

The closing time and date for applications is noon on Friday, 29 October 2021.


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