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Centennial Project Administrator

The purpose of this role is to undertake to a high standard a comprehensive range of administrative support duties assigned by the Project Manager, to support the successful delivery of Forest & Bird’s Centennial programme of works. This includes supporting the planning and delivery of a range of high quality events for Forest & Bird across the country.

Tenei turanga | About the Role 

2023 marks the centennial of Forest & Bird’s existence as a voice for nature in Aotearoa / New Zealand – that’s right, it’s our 100th birthday! This is a pretty major deal to us and we have big plans for celebrations and engagement across an entire year.  We have a fantastic opportunity for an admin superstar who has experience at delivering exceptional administrative support to aid the successful delivery of this milestone celebration. This busy role is an important part of the team responsible for delivering the centennial programme of works and will directly support the Project Manager during the centennial period. The role provides essential administrative and event management support across the country and organisation to ensure the successful delivery of the celebrations.

This is a fixed term, part time role based in our National Office in Wellington. Hours are anticipated to be 20-30 hours per week, and for up to 12 months depending on flexibility of candidate and needs of the project. 

Key requirements of this role include:

  • Proven experience delivering exceptional results in administrative, assistant or project support roles, OR previous experience in event coordination or roles with similar event management responsibilities
  • Trustworthy and responsive to the needs and directions of the Project Manager
  • Proactive and resourceful, uses initiative to solve problems and achieve results
  • Agility to respond to changes in priorities
  • Highly organised, disciplined and capable of managing competing priorities while remaining composed
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate across the organisation, with third parties, and a diverse range of stakeholders
  • High level of verbal and written communication
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Office suite, online systems and maintaining accurate electronic records
  • Flexibility to work overtime during peak work periods, or as workload demands, including supporting the occasional running of events outside of standard office hours
  • Support and help deliver a positive workplace culture
  • Some familiarity with Te Ao Māori including, for example Te Reo Māori and tikanga is desirable.

In return we offer the opportunity to be part of a friendly and collaborative team that makes a difference for New Zealand’s environment, and the chance to make your mark on the legacy of Forest & Bird.

If the above sounds like you, please send your CV and cover letter to . The closing date for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 15th March.

If you have further questions about the role, contact and you will be referred to the Hiring Manager.

Centennial Communications Coordinator

Passionate about the environment? Are you a communications expert looking to make a difference and have an exciting 2023?

Forest & Bird is Aotearoa/New Zealand's leading independent voice for nature. Our aim is to protect and restore Aotearoa/New Zealand's unique wildlife and wild places whether they are on land or in our oceans. We are a community based, incorporated society that has a voice in communities throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. We also advocate to local and central government and stand up for nature in our courts. We are the only organisation that does this.

Forest & Bird is marking its centenary with a year of events, starting in March 2023

To help promote and organize these events, we are looking for a media and communications contractor to come and work alongside our Media and Communications team.

There will be a variety of internal and external communications, social media and administration­ related projects, working as part of our busy and creative team. The tasks will range from writing media releases and drafting media action plans and speeches, to working on our upcoming annual conference and centennial celebrations. An interest in conservation would be an advantage. The weekly delivery hours will be flexible to meet both the needs of the centennial project and communications team, and factoring in availability/flexibility of the successful applicant.

We anticipate the contract will be for an approximate term of 9 months.

Key deliverables

Working with the Forest & Bird communications team to ensure that media objectives for the centennial year are achieved

  • Connecting with regional and national news outlets on relevant centennial stories via the Media & Communications Team
  • Writing media releases
  • Implementing campaigns and booking media with publishers

Ensuring that communication around the centennial is promoted effectively within Forest & Bird and externally

  • Working with colleagues in Forest & Bird and external providers to promote key events and activities
  • Provide assistance with coordination and project management of centennial events, and communications campaign design and delivery
  • Helping to drive online traffic with web-related campaigns
  • Writing centennial content for newsletters, the Forest & Bird magazine, website and social media
  • Monitoring campaign performance during campaigns and optimising where required

Working with the Forest & Bird Communications Team to ensure that social media objectives for the centennial year are achieved

  • Liaising with the social media/Digital Officer for execution of centennial related social media activities and website landing page
  • Increase social media engagement with centennial related content
  • Share updates and news via social media

Please submit a cover letter telling us how you meet our selection criteria along with your CV to

Applications close on Friday 10 March 2023, however, please do not wait to apply as we will be reviewing applications periodically until then.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:

  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand? How many years' experience do you have as a communications officer?
  • How would you rate your English language skills?

Expressions of Interest – Seasonal Bat Technician (Certified)

Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project, Pelorus Bridge, Marlborough

Do you want to be involved in critical native species monitoring work which is part of an exciting conservation project?

Forest & Bird is leading a habitat restoration project in the Te Hoiere Catchment in Marlborough, centered around protecting the only known long-tailed bat population in Marlborough. The project involves predator control, weed control, restoration planting, and bat monitoring. This project is at an exciting stage having recently been expanded thanks to funding through the Department of Conservation’s Mahi mō te Taiao / Jobs for Nature programme. We are looking for an experienced and certified bat monitoring technician to assist with our fifth season of pekapeka-tou-roa / long- tailed bat monitoring in the Te Hoiere / Pelorus catchment.

Do you have a New Zealand / DOC recognised long-tailed bat capture and handling certification? Do you have bat field monitoring experience including harp trapping, transmitter deployment, radio tracking, roost monitoring, bat banding, and acoustic recorder surveys? Do you have back country field skills and experience? Are you experienced with record keeping and data management? Are you highly motivated and able to work as part of a team and independently? Are you happy working long hours in the field?

If this sounds like you, we have a rare opportunity to work with the Forest & Bird team as a Bat Technician. This contract would ideally be for 6 weeks (2 weeks in December 2022 & 4 weeks in January 2023), but there is some flexibility around the length of the contract. The work will be field based in the Pelorus/Te Hoiere Catchment. Some accommodation may be available during the season, but self-sufficiency will be an added advantage.

You would be contributing to Forest and Bird’s conservation mission by:

  • Increasing the understanding of the Nationally Critical pekapeka-tou-roa / long-tailed bat populations at Pelorus Bridge and surrounding catchment, in accordance with our Wildlife Act Authority for bat monitoring.
  • Providing critical information to help inform the Project’s predator control plan to deliver conservation outcomes to benefit local pekapeka-tou-roa / long-tailed bat colonies.

To be successful, you will need the following:

  • New Zealand recognised certification to set up ground-based harp traps, capture and handle long-tailed bats.
  • Proven experience delivering bat monitoring work in the field, with experience in transmitter fitting, radio tracking, roost monitoring and acoustic recording an added advantage.
  • High level of competency in New Zealand back country/field skills, e.g., high level of physical fitness, navigation (map/compass/GPS) skills, logistical and trip-planning skills.
  • Competency in accurate field data collection and management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, and the ability to work with and relate to a diverse range of people in a collaborative manner.
  • Awareness of and commitment to meeting all relevant workplace health and safety obligations.
  • A high level of personal motivation, able to initiate and complete tasks independently and in a timely manner.
  • Experience working with volunteers and understanding of the needs of volunteers would be advantageous.
  • Your own vehicle and a relevant, clean full New Zealand Driver’s license.

If this work excites you, please send through an Expression of Interest with your CV to as soon as possible.

All Expressions of Interest will be acknowledged.

Please note: We will only consider Expressions of Interest from people who have a current legal right to work in New Zealand.

Face-to-Face Fundraiser

Fundamental Worldwide are looking for inspirational ambassadors who have a love for New Zealand’s wildlife and environment to join our Forest & Bird face to face fundraising teams. 

Operating throughout Auckland, Wellington and nationwide on permanent travel teams opportunities are available to represent this amazing cause.

 As a Forest & Bird charity ambassador, you will educate, inspire and motivate members of the public to support Aotearoa’s vast and beautiful environment and native species, recruiting regular supporters to join a nationwide movement of environmental heroes. 

To represent New Zealand's leading independent conservation organisation, you should be:

  • Over 18
  • Available full-time 
  • Passionate about the conservation of New Zealand’s wildlife
  • A New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or holder of a valid working visa
  • An engaging and inspirational speaker

Our charity ambassadors receive:

  • An hourly living wage
  • Career progression opportunities into leadership positions
  • A friendly and supportive team environment 
  • And an opportunity to make a real difference for the future of New Zealand

For more information of becoming part of the Fundamental Forest & Bird charity fundraising team send us an email today to with your resume and contact details. 

Be a voice for nature. 

Join Fundamental today. 

Please note Fundamental is contracted to supply services to Forest & Bird and the Society is not involved in any aspect of the recruitment process or employment relationship Fundamental has with its employees.  

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