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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.

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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. 

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