Senior Partnerships and Engagement Lead, Predator Free, (Fixed Term) | Whangarei

Posted on 13-Sep-2021
Application close date: 27-Sep-2021
Project Management
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
  • Are you a passionate and highly experienced engagement professional?
  • Do you thrive in a challenging, collaborative and creative role? 
  • Would you love to be part of helping to create a predator free Northland?
  • Full-time fixed-term (2 year) opportunity based in Whangarei, with some regional travel


Toitū te marae a Tāne-mahuta, Toitū te marae a Tangaroa, Toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal to rid Aotearoa of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation's natural taonga, our economy and primary sector. Collaboration is vital between government agencies, councils, science providers, educators, innovators, businesses, NGOs, iwi, communities and individuals. Such combined effort is often called “collective impact” and relies on organisations committing to a common, mutually reinforcing agenda, and a culture of continuous communication and co-operation.


He angitūtanga | About the Role

We're excited to announce a new opportunity for a Senior Partnerships and Engagement Lead to join Te Papa Atawhai's Partnerships Group. In this role, you'll be accountable for leading the development, progress and implementation of critical actions for our Te Tai Tokerau Predator Free 2050 five-year pathway plan.

This is a true engagement and facilitation role where whakawhanaungatanga will be a foundation principle throughout your mahi. You'll be proactive and driven to build strong networks and identify opportunities to collaborate or align communication and engagement activities, from organising or facilitating workshops and trainings, to developing and implementing systems, processes, tools and templates that will strengthen relationships across the Te Tai Tokerau PF2050 ecosystem. This will in turn support long-term gains from a multi-million dollar investment via Jobs for Nature projects in the region, many with a predator control focus.   

This role requires the ability and willingness to travel regionally as required. A current valid drivers licence is essential.


He kōrero mōu | What we are looking for

If you feel aligned to our Kaupapa and our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives, then we want to hear from you! In particular, we'll be looking for evidence and examples within your application as to how you meet the following lead requirements:

  • Extensive engagement experience working in collaborative roles/programmes;
  • Demonstrable understanding of communications and engagement practices, techniques,  concepts and theoretical principles;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Te Papa Atawhai's role in Jobs for Nature and Predator Free 2050 activities;
  • Stellar relationship-building skills combined with successful experience in engaging with senior/executive leaders;
  • Strong cultural capability and awareness – is able to engage with and commit to Te Tiriti through iwi, hapū and whānau partnership, prioritising tangata whenua needs;
  • Confidence in facilitating discussions and workshops with diverse groups; and
  • Strong planning skills combined with the ability to work autonomously and self-direct.


Apply now

Keen to join an organisation and a team dedicated to championing and advocating for conservation? Submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) online that describes your interest in the role and that highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 27 September 2021.

For any enquiries, you can contact hiring manager Carolyn Smith via or 027 839 9815, quoting vacancy TEMP 300/8100/3 

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.



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