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Community Activator – Pest Free Hibiscus Coast Project

Full time, fixed term, 1 year staff position.

Do you have a passion for the outdoors and conservation? Do you have the skills to encourage others to take action to protect nature? 

Forest & Bird’s Pest Free Hibiscus Coast Project is looking for a full-time Community Activator to engage and enthuse the community across 3100ha of the Hibiscus Coast in North Auckland, centred on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.  

The role is fixed term for one year initially. It will include working as part of our small Community Engagement team to grow and support our network of residents trapping pest animals in their backyards through effective communications, events and engagement with schools and other groups. 

We are looking for someone who has:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in community engagement initiatives in New Zealand. 
  • Proven experience of working with a wide range of audiences to deliver positive outcomes. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Experience of communicating with children and young people in a school or group setting would be desirable.
  • A passion for conservation and practical knowledge of and enthusiasm for New Zealand wildlife and the importance of predator control for conservation.
  • Good interpersonal and relationship management skills, and the ability to work with and relate to a diverse range of people in a collaborative manner. 
  • Some experience and knowledge of predator control tools and techniques.  
  • Demonstrated ability to develop delivery plans and complete projects on time and within budget. 
  • Proven ability to be organised, resilient, and capable of managing a range of competing priorities. 
  • A high level of personal motivation, able to initiate and complete tasks independently in a timely manner. 
  • Knowledge and proven experience in using social marketing techniques for sustained community engagement. 
  • Proven experience of using social media platforms to engage a community including ability to develop engaging content using platforms such as Canva and Tiktok.  
  • Experience working with volunteers and understanding of the needs of volunteers would be desirable. 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 software (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). 
  • Familiarity with Te Ao Māori is desirable for this role including, for example Te Reo Māori, tikanga and waiata.
  • This position will require current First Aid certification (i.e. Workplace First Aid as a minimum. Opportunity to renew any qualifications during the period of employment will be made available). 
  • Your own vehicle and a relevant, clean full New Zealand Driver’s license. (The role will require regular travel throughout the project area)

If this role excites you, send us your details!

Please email a current CV and cover letter telling us why you’re the person we’re looking for to The closing date for applications is 12pm Sunday 28th April.

If you have any questions about the role, contact PFHC Project Manager Jenny Hanwell on 

Please note: We will only shortlist candidates who have a current legal right to work in New Zealand.

Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Ecological Field Crew (Fixed Term) 

Pelorus Bridge & Rai Valley, Marlborough
Full time, until Dec 2024
$55,363 pa

  • Do you enjoy the outdoors and preserving our natural heritage in Aotearoa?
  • Is fieldwork second nature for you?
  • Do you want to work on an exciting conservation project that supports native species like the pekapeka/long-tailed bat?

Forest & Bird is New Zealand's leading independent conservation organisation. For 100 years, we have been advocating and speaking out for nature on land and in our seas, as well as coordinating community-based projects throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are looking for a team-player who would like to join us to assist with pest plant management, predator control and monitoring, revegetation in and around the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, and become part of our friendly, Te Hoiere Bat Recovery team. We have a flexible work policy. This is a temporary, full-time field-based job, 37.5 hours per week, four days a week. Field work will include herbicide application, using manual and powered cutting tools, checking and baiting trap lines, predator monitoring, track maintenance, native species planting and plant maintenance. Equipment and appropriate training will be provided.

You will be part of a small, close-knit, and passionate team, driving toward habitat improvement gains that will support recovering pekapeka populations in the catchment. As our understanding and knowledge of bat population dynamics grows, our support response needs to be adapted. So, highly organised people with the ability to think on their feet and the flexibility to adapt to changing situations is who we need on the team.

The new colleague we are looking for will have:

  • A great work ethic, willing to just get “stuck-in”.
  • A high level of physical fitness and tenacity, as we will be working in sometimes difficult terrain, in all sorts of weather conditions.
  • A passion for the outdoors, native plants, ecology and wildlife.
  • A positive and proactive attitude towards Health and Safety.
  • Outstanding team member qualities – with well-developed collaborative working skills.
  • The ability to follow instructions and are great at reporting back.

In addition, the following will be highly valued:

  • A full, clean NZ Drivers Licence.
  • Own vehicle, or ability to get to a rendezvous point each day.
  • Experience with 4WD and trailers.
  • GrowSafe and First Aid certified.
  • Chainsaw and scrub cutter experience.
  • Experience with using GPS and outdoor apps.
  • Well-developed native and pest plant id skills.

If you’ve got what it takes and want to make a difference, we would love to hear from you.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Positions will remain open for the duration of the project until filled.

If you have any questions about the role, contact the Project Manager, Daria Erastova on 027 274 4373.

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Job description for Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Field Crew (fixed term) | April 2024

Fundraising and Membership Manager

This is your opportunity to make a genuine difference at a time when our wildlife and wild places need you, now more than ever. You will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Fundraising and Membership team of nine, who deliver Forest & Bird’s fundraising and membership functions, such as regular giving, appeals and acquisition, membership, major gifts, business partnerships and grants.

The position is based in Wellington. Tasks include translating strategy into operational reality and growing Forest & Bird’s annual income, through maintaining and increasing donations from individuals, the business community and sponsors.

This is a varied role which will draw on your people leadership, budgeting, and planning skills where a focus on delivering organisational priorities will be critical.

Your networking skills across the organisation and ability to proactively work with managers from other teams who hold responsibility for organisation-wide work, e.g. Conservation, Advocacy and Communications, IT and HR, will also be critical to your success.

You will lead a team of smart, dedicated and passionate employees who are highly engaged in what they do.

With the importance of conservation at an all-time high, this is a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference for nature, through the work of your team.

Person profile:

  • Demonstrable capability in managing people, workflow and budgets to maximum effect
  • Experience delivering fundraising strategies and implementing business plans for the full fundraising mix
  • A confident leader with the ability to drive and encourage performance and best practice
  • A connector and collaborator with proven success in building and maintaining exceptional stakeholder relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record of performing against financial goals and targets
  • Strong analytical and project management skills  
  • Consultative and open style with a ‘no surprises’ approach

Please send all enquiries and applications to Nikki Walshaw via

Applications close: Sunday 7th April 2024 (applications will be reviewed and actioned as they’re received)

Position description: Available to view at

P: 04 499 1069

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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