Current Vacancies

Resource Management Planner

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s largest independent nature conservation organisation, advocating for New Zealand wildlife and wild places. A key part of our advocacy is statutory advocacy through the Resource Management Act 1991 and other legislation. We have been involved in nationally significant resource management cases including the applications for the Escarpment Mine on the Denniston Plateau and the Ruataniwha Dam in the Tukituki Catchment. 

We are seeking a resource management planner with at least 2 years relevant experience to provide planning expertise to help us achieve our conservation goals for land, fresh water and marine environments throughout New Zealand. Key tasks include:

  • Overseeing of submissions on resource management processes nationally;
  • Preparing submissions on policy statements, plans and resource consents and assisting with Council hearings; and
  • Assisting with Environment Court appeals (mediation and preparing evidence) and other resource management litigation.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A graduate or postgraduate qualification in resource management, environmental management or planning.
  • A minimum of 2 years relevant work experience. 
  • A practical understanding of Resource Management Act processes.
  • Strong interpersonal, negotiation and mediation skills.
  • A proven ability to prioritise between competing work obligations and meet deadlines.
  • Project management skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Good knowledge of and the ability to practically apply, the Resource Management Act.
  • Broad knowledge of NZ conservation and associated issues.
  • Good conceptual and analytical ability.
  • Ability to work as part of, contribute to and lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • Willingness to travel.

Forest & Bird gives you the chance to work for New Zealand’s nature. 

Location: Negotiable 

Specific queries about this role should be directed to Peter Anderson on (03) 940 5524 or The closing date for applications is 5pm, Sunday 6th December 2015.

Face to Face Recruiter

An exciting opportunity working in conservation has now arisen. We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate people wanting to represent Forest & Bird; a well-regarded and long serving conservation organisation in New Zealand.

You will be part of a dynamic face to face sales team promoting conservation awareness resulting in securing long term regular givers to our society, to help fund our national and local conservation projects and campaigns, and advocating for the protection of New Zealand’s natural environment.

To do well in this role you will have the following skill set:

  • Be well presented, personable, enthusiastic and outgoing
  • Great customer service skills or sales experience would be beneficial
  • Goal orientated and a drive to succeed
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • A personal interest or affiliation with the natural environment

Benefits for the successful person include:

  • Entry level role – full training provided
  • Lots of variety in where you work each week – street, residential and at events such as trade fairs
  • A chance to learn new skills in sales and recruitment – perfect for someone looking for a career change or wanting to break into sales
  • Opportunities exist to advance - to become a team leader and beyond
  • Feel rewarded in your job by being part of a wonderful cause
  • Work in either Auckland or Wellington.

If this sounds like something you would love to become a part of, we are keen to hear from you. To enquire about the role and/or to make an appointment please contact Kylee Hyslop at or 04 815 9177.

Please note that you will be representing Forest & Bird and your employer will be Aida Sales.