Senior Conservation Advisor (Aotea, Great Barrier Island)

Date: 12-Jan-2023

Location: Great Barrier Island, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Conservation Advisor to join our ‘Islands team’ which is part of the wider Environmental Services team in Auckland Council.


This role is a project management role specialising in pest plants; we have two huge projects on Aotea Great Barrier Island that total over 1M annually. One project is to eradicate new to the island pest plants; and the second is to control pest plants in some regionally/nationally significant ecosystems


In this role you will lead ecologically-based solutions and invasive species management interventions to support and work collaboratively with key stakeholders.


With effective implementation of the Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) and the Hauraki Gulf Biosecurity Plan you will work to minimise adverse environmental impacts of pests within the Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area. 


He kōrero mōu: About you

As a team player, you’ll be involved in interesting and challenging environmental projects that require creative and collaborative solutions.


You’ll have experience in project management, an understanding of biodiversity and biosecurity, and have the ability to manage programmes that reduce the impact of pest plants on the environment on Aotea.


It is preferable you will have a bachelor's degree in ecology, biosecurity, or related field or equivalent experience in the biodiversity/biosecurity sector. Knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GIS mapping systems, handheld data capture devices, and GPS units is also preferable. 


Our Environmental Services team holds a wealth of experience, connections, and is well regarded in their field, and can help you grow these skills.

A proven influencer and natural collaborator, we will value your strong relationship-building skills as you will be working with contractors, central government, local community groups, iwi, and landowners to achieve shared environmental outcomes.   


You are also required to have:


  • A full New Zealand driver’s licence
  • A Bachelor's degree in ecology, biosecurity, or related field or equivalent experience in the biodiversity/biosecurity sector
  • Have the ability to live and work on Aotea


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


This is a permanent full-time role. Our priority is to provide the best possible working environment which includes a focus on employee wellbeing and professional development opportunities.


Take the next step in your career and embrace this fantastic opportunity to leave your legacy on Auckland!


To view a copy of the position description please click here


Applications close Friday, 17th February 2023


Please note that, while we will be assessing applications as they are received, interviews will not take place until the new year and there may be no follow up correspondence until after Friday 20th January 2023.


Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.


Auckland Council strongly encourages our employees to be fully vaccinated.