Project Lead - Save Our Iconic Kiwi

Department of Conservation

Te Anau, New Zealand

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Monday, 22nd April 2019   1 day left

Operations Lead, Predator Control, Te Anau | Te Anau | Careers: New Zealand Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai

Plan, lead and deliver a game-changing approach to control of invasive species to protect kiwi in New Zealand's largest national park. Based on the wider Predator Free New Zealand movement, this role spring boards off new innovations, new technologies and new thinking - delivering sustained periods of low predator abundance through isolated peninsulas in western Fiordland.

Driven by the ambitious Save Our Iconic Kiwi programme, this role has significant research focus; the successful applicant will connect with both internal and external science partners to lead a research-by-management trial for the protection of southern Fiordland tokoeka kiwi. This includes strong elements of operational planning of aerial toxin application, compiling the latest research into innovative project design, contract management and delivery, threatened species fieldwork, data analysis and reporting results.

The successful candidate will be operationally strong, with the ability to resolve complex challenges associated with remote delivery of predator control. With a sustained focus on protecting indigenous species in the places they occur, this role is a great opportunity to apply predator free learnings directly to conservation of native fauna.

This role joins Department Of Conservations largest team of biodiversity staff, and can be based at either the Te Anau or Invercargill offices, adjacent to Fiordland National Park. The successful applicant will have the support of experienced local staff, the national predator control planning team, and leading DOC scientists involved in kiwi and animal threats work.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience in the planning and delivery of large-scale animal pest operations, including complex problem solving.
  • The ability to think strategically and act operationally – proven ability to implement new ideas
  • Practical management and monitoring of animal populations - experience with camera trapping an advantage
  • Excellent project management skills and experience
  • A formal qualification, or equivalent relevant experience related to natural heritage (flora, fauna or ecosystems) or conservation management.
  • Experience and a positive attitude in working with treaty partners and stakeholders
  • Strong financial management ability
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and networking skills

If this sounds like the position that you have been waiting for, we'd 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 HERE. Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role/project description. 

For the project role description, please contact Jamie McAulay,, telephone 027 6436307 , quoting vacancy TEMP 400/8370/2.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 22nd of April

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