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Fundraising Specialist – Direct Marketing

(Parental Leave 1 year contract)

Due to a highly valued colleague going on parental leave for a year we have the opportunity for a Fundraising Specialist – Direct Marketing to join our team based in Wellington.

To assist you in sourcing new donors and retaining current donors, a key component of your role will be staying abreast of new technologies, channels (digital and paper) and opportunities to engage and attract new donors to Forest & Bird.

Your duties will include, however are not limited to:

  • Maintaining your budget so that each appeal reaches its target of $150k without exceeding agreed expenditure
  • Creating original and compelling content that supports Forest & Bird key messages
  • Briefing copywriters.
  • Working with designers and mailing houses to ensure all scoped work is delivered within budget and timeframes.
  • Managing online appeals through mail platform vision 6.
  • Working with the GM Fundraising and Membership to create a donor journey and identify new supporters.
  • Co-ordinating the Bird of the Year fundraising campaign by working collaboratively with communications team and outside service providers.
  • Creating online giving campaigns through social media channels.
  • Managing Appeal content and receipts content to recognise donor giving/generosity and ensure these comply with tax requirements.
  • Initiating projects that will improve processes across the fundraising donor journey.
  • Data extraction, analysis, and reporting on ROI, response rates etc, to identify opportunities and trends
  • Collaborating with Legal, Conservation Advocacy and Communications to identify and act on donor acquisition, on the back of submissions and petitions to the general public.
  • Project managing, supporting and ensuring the delivery of campaigns on time and within budget, ideally focused on social marketing or behavioural change.
  • Providing best practice advice on messages, channel use, positioning, and angles to help deliver external communications, campaigns, and initiatives.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • At least 3+ years’ experience in a similar role within a Fundraising environment.
  • Experience working with CRMs, financial reporting and data analytics.
  • A proven ability to create written content that is persuasive, compelling and takes the reader on a journey.
  • Highly organised, disciplined, resilient, and capable of managing a wide range of competing priorities while remaining composed.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship management skills, with an ability to relate across the organisation, with agencies, and a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with a proven track record writing and editing.
  • Proven experience working across a wide range of media, in both the traditional and digital media space as well as developing content for both internal and external audiences.
  • Experience using online Content Management Systems in addition to a working knowledge of MS Office programmes, email.
  • An understanding of and interest in conservation and environmental issues.

In return we offer a great team culture and the opportunity to be part of a friendly and collaborative team that helps protect the wildlife and wild places you love in New Zealand.

We’re looking for someone who can hit the ground running, so if the above sounds like you and you want to make a difference, please forward your CV and cover letter to by 22 June 2021 for the attention of Jess Winchester, Group Manager Fundraising & Membership.

Applications close at 5pm on 22 June 2021. Interviews will take place between 28-30 June 2021 at Forest & Bird National Office in Wellington.

Ark in the Park Volunteer Co-ordinator 

Full-time, 12-month fixed term or permanent contract (by negotiation)

The Ark in the Park is a collaborative community-based programme between Forest & Bird and the Auckland Council, supported by Te Kawerau ā Maki. It aims to enhance indigenous biodiversity and ecosystems within 2400-hectares of the Waitākere Ranges. This programme annually attracts 400+ active volunteers who perform pest control and other essential tasks, allowing for the reintroduction of native species.

We are looking for a super organiser with outstanding people skills and experience working with volunteers to co-ordinate and support a programme to protect and restore nature within the Ark.

Do you have a strong background in volunteer management in the not-for-profit sector? Do you have excellent communication and organisational skills? Are you enthusiastic, a team player and someone who loves working outdoors?

If this sounds like you, we have a rare opportunity to join the Forest & Bird team as a Volunteer Co-ordinator for our Ark in the Park project. This is a full-time role (Tuesday – Saturday), based in the Waitākere Ranges (West Auckland).

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

  • Co-ordinating and championing the volunteer programme within the Ark in the Park project.
  • Ensuring there are sufficient numbers of volunteers to meet the project’s objectives.
  • Ensuring volunteers are well trained and supported, and have the knowledge, skills and capability to safely meet the requirements of their volunteer placement.
  • Organising volunteer programmes catering to a wide variety of abilities (baiting, trapping, track clearing, bird monitoring, and pest species monitoring).
  • Working closely with a community-based management committee, funders, sanctuary groups, and other key stakeholders, including navigating and responding to stakeholders’ feedback and concerns.
  • Helping to manage and mitigate hazards, and support a strong Health & Safety culture at the Ark.
  • Accurately entering baitline and rat monitoring data into relevant databases.

Forest & Bird welcomes applications from all sectors of the community and values diversity and inclusion.

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • At least 3 years’ proven experience co-ordinating volunteer programmes, preferably in the not-for-profit or community-based environment.
  • A strong interest in conservation and environmental issues.
  • A strong understanding of effective volunteer management principles and practice.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relationship management skills, and the ability to a work with a wide range of people, including volunteers of different ages and backgrounds in the community.
  • Highly organised, resilient, and capable of managing a range of competing priorities.
  • Team player with collaborative working style who enjoys working with others to achieve goals.
  • Self-motivated with strong initiative, and an ability to initiate and complete tasks independently and in a timely manner.
  • Experience training others would be desirable.
  • Working knowledge of the Office 365 suite and Content Management Systems, and experience using a range of communication platforms. Working knowledge of the GIS mapping products advantageous.
  • A full NZ Driver License.

If this role excites you, please email a cover letter telling us why you are the person we are looking for, with your CV, to

The closing date for applications is 9am, Monday 14 June, 2021. All applications will be acknowledged.

PLEASE NOTE: We are only able to consider candidates who have a current legal right to work in New Zealand and a full NZ driver’s license.

Please contact David Bowden at if you have specific queries about this role. The Job Description is available on request and covers the business-as-usual requirements for this role.

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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Supporting Forest & Bird is one of the best things you can do for New Zealand's environment. We need people like you to support us, so that nature will always have a voice.