Current Vacancies

Freshwater Advocate

Forest and Bird is New Zealand’s leading membership-based national conservation organisation.  We have a proud history spanning over 90 years advocating and speaking out for the preservation of nature conservation at a national level and in our communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are looking for a Conservation Advocate to lead our advocacy and campaign work focussing on the freshwater challenge in New Zealand.     

Reporting to the Group Manager Campaigns and Advocacy, you will be responsible for leading the delivery of Forest & Bird’s national advocacy and campaigning activities on freshwater issues with the aim of achieving our strategic outcome of protecting and restoring rivers and freshwater systems.

This role involves a good mix of both advocacy and campaigning activities including engaging with Forest & Bird’s branches and members, talking to politicians and their staff, officials, opinion leaders, and associated organisations or agencies, and leading campaign teams to undertake integrated conservation projects. You will also be called on to provide advice on conservation policies or issues, and proposed Government legislation or policy, as well as prepare (and where appropriate, present) submissions on behalf of the Society. Your ability to communicate technical concepts in a clear and engaging manner to a broad audience will be well utilised when preparing material supporting Forest & Bird’s freshwater work for inclusion in campaign publications, and the Forest & Bird magazine.

To be successful in this role, you will ideally bring the following skills and experience:

  • A broad knowledge of conservation and associated issues with a particular interest in freshwater issues
  • Good political awareness and judgement
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Campaigning and lobbying experience

This role provides you the opportunity to make a big impact on the future of New Zealand’s environment and help Forest & Bird be ‘the voice of nature’.

If you're enthusiastic about using your skills to help protect New Zealand's native wildlife, apply now via the link below including your CV and a cover letter showing us how you meet the above criteria. Please note all applicants selected for an interview will be required to complete an application form (available on our website or by request to Susan James, HR Advisor on 04 803 1022 or by email

The closing date for applications is 5pm, 13th January 2017.

Grants Fundraiser

We are looking for a Fundraising professional to manage our Grants programme. Reporting to the Group Manager Membership and Fundraising, your knowledge of raising funds through grants will be fully utilised in this part-time (16 hours/week) role.

You will be our organisation ‘guru’ on grants, leading the way with your ability to research and advise on funding opportunities within New Zealand and overseas.

You will assist our project managers with planning, writing and editing their funding proposals to meet donor guidelines and ensuring accountabilities are met.

Monitoring and reporting across the grants programme will be a key activity to ensure we remain credible funding recipients.

To be successful in this role, you will need the following:

  • Positive interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to all types of people and all backgrounds in the community.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Technical competency particularly in using CRM databases and Excel
  • Personal organisation and self-discipline.
  • Grant coordination experience
  • Data entry skills and attention to detail
  • Fundraising experience
  • Experience in Microsoft Word
  • Ability to work as part of and contribute to multi-disciplinary teams.

This role provides you the opportunity to make a big impact on the whole organisation by securing the financial security required to progress towards our future strategic direction.

To apply, please email your CV and a Cover Letter showing us why you are the person we are looking for. All applications will be acknowledged with applicants requested to complete an application form if they are successful in securing an interview.

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Sunday 16th October 2016. Specific queries about this role should be directed to Mike Kotlyar, GM Fundraising & Membership on (04) 801 2212.

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.