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Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project Manager (Fixed Term) 

Do you want to lead an exciting conservation project involving predator control, habitat restoration and bat monitoring? 

Forest & Bird is leading a habitat restoration project in the Te Hoiere Catchment in Marlborough, involving predator control, weed control, restoration planting, and bat monitoring. This project is being expanded over the next three years, primarily funded through the Department of Conservation’s Jobs for Nature programme.  We are looking for an experienced project manager to lead this important conservation programme. 

Do you have experience delivering successful conservation projects on time and within budget? Can you effectively manage a diverse team of staff, contractors, and volunteers across multiple sites?  Do you have experience with relationship building, stakeholder engagement, and iwi liaison? Are you highly motivated and able to work independently? 

If this sounds like you, we have a rare opportunity to join the Forest & Bird team as the Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project Manager. This is a full-time, fixed term position for approximately three years. The position could be based in either Marlborough or Nelson, but the incumbent must be able to travel regularly to the Pelorus/Te Hoiere Catchment. 

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

  • Developing a three-year work plan and long-term plan for the Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project (working with the Forest & Bird and wider Te Hoiere Project teams). 

  • Developing and managing the project’s annual work plans and budget, ensuring all reporting requirements are met. 

  • Recruiting, inducting, and managing a team of staff and contractors, including training and health and safety requirements. 

  • Overseeing delivery of practical conservation work including: 

  • ensuring existing predator networks are maintained and mapped, while expanding into other high value sites; 

  • activating and managing a weed control programme on high value biodiversity sites; 

  • coordinating restoration planting to promote bat recovery within the Te Hoiere catchment; and 

  • providing oversight of the existing long-term bat monitoring programme. 

  • Working with staff and external agencies to identify and secure additional funding. 

  • Liaising with key project stakeholders including Marlborough District Council, the Department of Conservation, local iwi, and the Te Hoiere Alliance. 

Forest & Bird welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and values diversity and inclusion. 

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

  • A background in conservation, ecology or science, and working knowledge of New Zealand forest ecosystems; 

  • Proven programme management experience, preferably conservation-related;   

  • Experience leading a practical conservation project/managing field conservation programmes highly advantageous; 

  • Excellent project and financial management skills.  Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and complete projects on time and within budget; 

  • Proven experience effectively managing staff and contractors, including recruiting, organising, coordinating and leading a team; 

  • Experience working with volunteers and understanding of the needs of volunteers and managing volunteer programmes would be desirable; 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; 

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, and the ability to work with and relate to a diverse range of stakeholders; 

  • Experience investigating potential external funding sources and preparing successful funding applications would be advantageous; 

  • Highly organised, resilient, and capable of managing a wide range of competing priorities; 

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 software and experience using online Content Management Systems. Familiarity with GPS, GIS, and other mapping / spatial skills would be desirable; 

  • Your own vehicle and a clean full New Zealand Driver’s license. 

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 by 5pm Sunday 06 February 2022.  All applications will be acknowledged. 

Please note: we will only shortlist candidates who have a current legal right to work in New Zealand and are fully vaccinated for Covid-19. 

Please contact Dani Guy at if you have specific queries about 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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