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Reconnecting Northland Programme Manager / Kaiwhakahaere

Whenua ora, wai ora, tangata ora – Our land and our people flourishing together.
Are you a good leader and manager? Do you have great communication skills, strong community connections, and experience in conservation, environmental or ecological work? Do you have a passion for the health of the natural world and the well-being of the people of Northland?

Then this could be the job for you. 

We are seeking a skilled, experienced and enthusiastic person to lead the innovative and transformational Reconnecting Northland programme.

Reconnecting Northland is Aotearoa New Zealand’s first region-wide ecological restoration programme aiming to inspire, support, and link projects and groups to bring about large-scale change for Te Tai Tokerau and its people.

The programmes restoration projects —such as Warawara Whakaora Ake and Kiwi Coast—are already setting new precedents in collaborative action at scale.

We are now looking for a leader with strategic thinking and strong relationship skills who can help identify the next exciting projects and opportunities to help restore Northland’s incredible biodiversity.

This role will build on the sound strategic foundation for Reconnecting Northland that has been developed over its first three years. It will achieve this by working alongside others to further expand and amplify engagement in the programme, and its impact throughout Te Tai Tokerau, as well as helping to ensure its sustainability and growth into the future.

The programme is a collaboration between WWF-New Zealand and NZ Landcare Trust. It is guided by a Northland-based steering group, and supported by funding from The Tindall Foundation, Foundation North and HSBC Water Programme (see

If you are interested in applying, the proven skills you will need include:
  • Leadership, planning and management skills – a broad suite of efficient administrative, financial and organizational skills and practices
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels, internally and externally; verbal, written and electronic
  • Confidence to work respectfully and effectively with iwi and hapu within Maori cultural contexts, including experience and fluency in verbal and written communications in Te Reo Maori
  • A good understanding of Northland and its communities, with outstanding networking skills
  • Experience in building relationships and working effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • A sound and credible understanding of ecological principles within the NZ context, with relevant experience
  • Ability to effectively and professionally brief, and work in partnership with, consultants, contractors, researchers, service providers and volunteers
  • A strategic, creative and innovative thinker
  • A tertiary qualification within a relevant field of study

Please email your CV and a covering letter as a single document by 5pm Friday 29th January 2016 to  

For more information about the role, please contact Michele Frank on 04 815 8526 .

Full details are in the position description. Applications are welcome from New Zealand residents and those holding a current New Zealand work visa.