Biodiversity Officer - Community

Do you have a keen interest in protecting Southland's biodiversity and great communication skills

Invercargill, New Zealand

Reference: 5775272

Biodiversity Officer - Community

Our vision is for a thriving Southland - environmentally, socially, economically, and culturally.

Do you have a keen interest in protecting Southland's biodiversity and great communication skills?

Our biodiversity team will play a key role in delivering Environment Southland's vision for a thriving Southland. This role offers an opportunity to assist with the delivery of the Council's Biodiversity Action on the Ground programme, which aims to protect Southland's biodiversity.

You will promote and assist with biodiversity management opportunities at high-value sites on private land, to protect and enhance biodiversity values; actively promoting biodiversity management and developing community awareness of, and responsibility for, biodiversity.

You will attend and run biodiversity events (including working with school groups), community meetings and forums and support the delivery of the Enviroschools programme where it relates to biodiversity and/or biosecurity initiatives.

You will have:

  • a tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline, such as conservation, environmental management, biosecurity, or a related area;
  • the ability to communicate effectively with both individual land-owners and community-based groups;
  • a demonstrated practical knowledge of native flora and fauna and ecological restoration in terrestrial ecosystems.

In return, Environment Southland can offer you a dynamic and friendly working environment, access to a wide range of technology, training and support, and the chance to make a real difference to Southland's natural environment.

Beaches, ski fields, 4 out of 10 of NZ Great Walks, national parks, lakes and fiords are all a short journey from Invercargill. Combined with reasonable house prices, short commutes and a relaxed pace of life, it all makes Southland a great place to live and work.

Vaccination Required:

This role involves periodic attendance at schools to deliver programmes. Environment Southland has determined that this role is therefore an "affected person" under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021. It is therefore a requirement that the successful applicant is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be appointed to this role.

An initial offer of remuneration will be made within the range $64,685-$72,295.

Note: This is a fixed-term role - ending 30 June 2025

Applications Close: 21 Jan 2022