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Regional Conservation Manager - Otago/Southland

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

We are looking for a conservation-focused Regional Manager preferably based in Dunedin.     

Do you want to be a leading voice for nature across Otago and Southland and help protect nature across New Zealand?  Do you have the skills, courage and aptitude to drive change?  We have a rare opportunity to join the Forest & Bird team as our Southern based Regional Conservation Manager.  

Regional Conservation Managers (RCMs) are part of a team delivering Forest and Bird’s conservation outcomes by:  

  • Being an enthusiastic voice for nature 
  • Leading and supporting campaigns on conservation issues within the Otago and Southland region and across the country 
  • Helping shape environmental protection rules, resource-use decisions, laws and policies across our land, freshwater, and oceans  
  • Providing strategic guidance on conservation issues and activities  

Regional Conservation Managers work as a team to implement the Society’s operational plan and deliver Forest & Bird’s advocacy.  

 Some travel will be a necessary requirement for this position.

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

  • A tertiary qualification fields relating to conservation, ecology or science is desirable;
  • An ability to maintain and develop relationships with iwi and hapū across the region;
  • Sound working knowledge of New Zealand’s natural environment and conservation issues;
  • Experience dealing with RMA statutory planning processes and conservation legislation;
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and complete projects on time and within budget;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills (with media experience an advantage);
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people;
  • A high level of personal motivation, ability to initiate and complete tasks independently, and in a timely manner;
  • Relevant, current and clean New Zealand driver’s license.

To apply, please email your CV and a Cover Letter to Julie Watson at

 telling 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, Friday, 9 October, 2020.

 Specific queries about this role should be directed to Jen Miller, General Manager Conservation Advocacy & Communications on 021 651 778.

PLEASE NOTE:  We will only shortlist candidates who have a current legal right to work in New Zealand and a full NZ driver’s license.  Regrettably we are unable to consider you if you do not have this organised.


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