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Current Vacancies

Regional Conservation Manager – Bay of Plenty

We are searching for a conservation focussed Regional Manager based in the Bay of Plenty. This is a fantastic opportunity to work where you play whilst making a real difference to the place you call home. This is a Permanent, full-time role of 40 hours per week.

There are many reasons to want to work with us at Forest and Bird with benefits such as the positive work environment, flexible working options, and leave provisions over and above statutory requirements. As a Forest & Bird staff member you will have access to our lodge at Mount Ruapehu.

Regional Conservation Managers (RCMs) are part of a team delivering Forest and Bird’s conservation outcomes by:  

  • Being an enthusiastic voice for nature 
  • Leading and supporting campaigns on conservation issues within the Bay of Plenty region and across the country 
  • Helping shape environmental protection rules, resource-use decisions, laws and policies across our land, freshwater, and oceans
  • Providing strategic guidance on conservation issues and activities

This team of Regional Conservation Managers are a key component in the implementation of the Society’s operational plan and the delivery of Forest & Bird’s advocacy.  

This position will be based from home. A working from home allowance is provided.   Travel around the region (reimbursed) will be a necessary requirement for this position.

What we are looking for in the successful applicant:

  • A tertiary qualification in fields relating to conservation, ecology or science is desirable.
  • An ability to maintain and develop relationships with iwi and hapū across the region.
  • Sound working knowledge of New Zealand’s natural environment and conservation issues.
  • Experience dealing with RMA statutory planning processes and conservation legislation.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and complete projects on time and within budget.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills (with media experience an advantage).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people.
  • A high level of personal motivation, ability to initiate and complete tasks independently, and in a timely manner.
  • Relevant, current, and clean New Zealand driver’s license.
  • This position requires some familiarity with Te Ao Māori including, for example Te Reo Māori, tikanga and waiata or be willing to undertake supported development to acquire the appropriate level of competence & knowledge.
  • Live in the Bay of Plenty (or be prepared to relocate at your own expense).

Specific queries about this role should be directed to Richard Capie, Group Manager, Conversation Advocacy and Communications,

PLEASE NOTE:  We will only shortlist candidates who have a current legal right to work in New Zealand and a full NZ driver’s license.  Regrettably, we are unable to consider you if you do not have this organised.

Kaimahi o te Taiao - Pest free Hibiscus Coast Project

Do you want to play a lead role in facilitating the integration of mātauranga Māori into a landscape scale conservation project? Are you passionate about engaging tangata whenua with te taiao, in particular our rangatahi?

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent membership-based conservation organisation.  We have a proud history spanning nearly 100 years working for nature at a national level and in our communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.  We are involved in hundreds of practical conservation projects, as well as giving nature a voice through our advocacy work for conservation on land, in freshwater, and the marine environment.

Forest & Bird is working together with the Hibiscus Coast community and partners to create a safe haven for native plants and animals on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and surrounds through the Pest Free Hibiscus Coast Project (PFHC). The project focuses on engaging the whole community to participate in environmental action through pest animal control, including supporting over 100 volunteers and working with schools and community groups within this rohe.

Through a new partnership with Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust as mana whenua and mandated iwi authority for this rohe (tribal boundary), and supported by Auckland Council, we are looking for an experienced facilitator to integrate mātauranga Māori into the PFHC pest animal control and monitoring programme, and enable iwi members living in the local area to play active roles as kaitiaki.

The Kaimahi o te Taiao will ideally whakapapa to the rohe, and have experience in working with mana whenua as kaitiaki. We are looking for someone with experience of iwi liaison, whakawhanaungatanga, and facilitation, who can draw from both te ao Māori and Pākehā worlds and represent the project and our partners with mana. You will be the key relationship holder for the project with local whānau, hapū, iwi, and primarily Ngāti Manuhuri Settlement Trust

The role will include bringing in specialists in biodiversity and incorporating relevant tikanga into pest animal control and outcome monitoring, as well as engaging with local kaumātua to enable the project team to understand local places from a te ao Māori perspective. You will be engaging iwi members living in the project area, with a particular focus on rangatahi, facilitating their increased connection with the whenua.

If this sounds like you, you may be the person we’re looking for to join the Forest & Bird Pest Free Hibiscus Coast Project whānau. This is a part-time contract role at 10 hours per week for 12 months working from home, you must be able to travel regularly within the Hibiscus Coast area. 

You would be contributing to Forest and Bird’s Pest Free Hibiscus Coast Project by:  

  • Developing and leading cultural practices within the project as the conduit for mana whenua relationships.
  • Advising on te ao Māori perspectives in relation to pest control and monitoring, incorporating this into strategic plans and annual project planning.
  • Identifying and sharing some of the stories relating to the human and natural history of the Whangaparāoa Peninsula and Ōrewa Estuary to increase local awareness of the rohe.
  • Researching and testing methods for incorporating relevant tikanga into our current predator control and outcome monitoring approach to improve outcomes for te taiao and creating a guide (written or film) for long term use.
  • Engaging with iwi members living within the project rohe through hui and wānanga.
  • Increasing awareness of te ao Māori in conservation through our school programme.

To be successful in this role, the following are desirable:

  • Experience of working with mana whenua as kaitiaki.
  • Strong connections to local whānau, hapū, iwi, and ideally whakapapa to the rohe.
  • Proven effectiveness in relationship development across the community.
  • A passion for te taiao and familiarity with local biodiversity.
  • Strong understanding of te ao Māori
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and complete projects on time and within budget.
  • Experience working with volunteers and understanding of the needs of volunteers.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including as least basic te reo Māori.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, and the ability to work with and relate to a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to explain and raise the profile of the project in the wider community.
  • A high level of personal motivation, able to initiate and complete tasks independently and in a timely manner.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 software and Google Suite. As an independent contractor you will be expected to provide your own computer and mobile phone.
  • Your own vehicle and a clean full New Zealand Driver’s license.
  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19 (this includes being up to date with Covid-19 vaccine boosters at the frequency recommended by the Ministry of Health).

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 PFHC Project Manager Jenny Hanwell by 5pm Friday 12th August 2022 (although we may interview candidates sooner, so don't wait if you’re keen).  All applications will be acknowledged.

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

Please contact Jenny at for a copy of the position description, or if you have specific queries about this role.

E-commerce and Fulfilment Volunteer

Would you like to support New Zealand’s leading independent voice for nature?
Do you prefer supporting nature from an office/indoor environment?
Are you available for approximately 10 to 15 hours per week?

If so, Forest & Bird would love to hear from you!

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent voice for nature. Our aim is to protect and restore New Zealand’s unique wildlife and wild places, and we have a passionate base of supporters who we rely on for funding to complete this critical work.  

We are looking for an e-commerce and fulfilment volunteer to help us fulfil orders that come through our growing online shop. Our busiest period is late August through to early December, and this is when we need extra support to ensure we continue to provide excellent service.

A typical week would see you:

  • Pack calendars and diaries ready to send all over the country
  • Update online shop order notes once the packages have been prepared
  • Add data to a postage tracking sheet (in Excel)
  • Lifting, shifting, and opening boxes, and breaking them down for recycling when needed (you will need a reasonable level of fitness)
  • Complete these tasks in-office between the hours of 10am and 3pm, excluding Wednesdays and weekends.

You would be operating from our head office in Wellington, near the Cuba precinct, reporting to our Supporter Relationships Coordinator and will be a welcome extension to our supportive and driven Fundraising & Membership Team. Because of the nature of these tasks, it is not possible to complete them remotely.

We would love if you could bring with you:

  • Great attention to detail
  • Familiarity with Excel (basic functions)
  • The ability and willingness to complete repetitive work

To volunteer for Forest & Bird you will need to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 (this includes being up to date with Covid-19 vaccine boosters at the frequency recommended by the Ministry of Health) and will be required to wear a mask in the office.

If this interests you, please get in touch with us at: and include ‘E-commerce and fulfilment volunteer role’ in the subject header, and include in the email:

  • Your full name
  • The best number to contact you on
  • Your preferred hours (if you have specific requirements)
  • The earliest date you could start

We will be in touch with you ASAP and will be carrying out informal, friendly interviews to make sure this volunteer role is the right fit for you.

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.  

We update his page regularly, so check back later for other vacancies.

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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.