Coordinator, Threatened Species Ambassador, Biodiversity, Christchurch | Christchurch

Posted on 03-Dec-2018
Application close date: 17-Dec-2018
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Are you fascinated by our native flora and fauna and want to be part of telling the story of how we are going to tackle threatened species conservation now and in the future?  Are you a dynamic organiser with excellent people skills, and want to bring your coordination skills to supporting biodiversity conservation?


At an exciting time for threatened species conservation in New Zealand, we are looking for a knowledgeable and energetic person to coordinate and support the DOC Threatened Species Ambassador (TSA).  This work will focus on engaging with the New Zealand public to help raise profile and awareness of threatened species conservation.  In addition, we are looking for someone with a natural ability to work with communities involved in protecting threatened species and to support the TSA in telling the stories of this mahi across a variety of platforms. 


You will ideally be based in Christchurch and will work with the Department of Conservation's Threatened Species Ambassador to support the program of work with a focus on telling the story of the science behind the conservation of threatened species in New Zealand.


The successful applicant will:

  • Support the calendar of the TSA and help manage appropriate events, media engagements and community activities.
  • Research and develop material for key media and engagement opportunities for the TSA.
  • Work closely with ecologists and scientists in the Biodiversity Group to identify opportunities to raise profile of threatened species conservation science.
  • Manage TSA digital media platforms, with a focus on engaging a broad range of NZers interested in threatened species conservation.
  • Work collaboratively with other relevant teams in DOC and externally to determine a strategic approach to telling the story of threatened species in NZ and the science behind it. 


To be successful in this position, you will have:

  • Strong organisational and coordination skills and experience.
  • A passion for and good understanding of conservation issues and threatened species challenges.
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to transfer knowledge and skill to others.
  • Digital campaign management skills
  • Excellent relationship building skills and a proven ability to collaborate with others.


This is an exciting new position with development opportunities. Some travel within New Zealand, and the ability to work flexible hours at times, will be required


Our goal is to advocate for and articulate simply the science behind the conservation of New Zealand's threatened species, while working with others to tell this story.  If you think you have what it takes then we would love to hear from you!


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

Please apply online.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.


For more information please contact Nicola Toki, phone (027) 403 6107, quoting vacancy 500/8101


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 17 December 2018


DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.


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