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Biosecurity Biodiversity Advisor (Vacancy 19-235)

A Whakatu Karamu

Today our native species and ecosystems are in crisis from a host of threats such as invasive pests. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is looking for a positive-minded, physically fit candidate with experience in pest control work to assist with the delivery of several programmes aimed at managing these threats. Applicants will need specialist knowledge in both predator control and biodiversity protection. This role will play an integral part in delivering positive biodiversity outcomes through the production of biodiversity site-led protection plans and leading a regionally coordinated approach to predator control in the rural landscape.

The role will collaborate with internal programmes, such as the Erosion Control Scheme, Ecosystem Prioritisation and Predator Free Hawke’s Bay, as well as external organisations such as the Department of Conservation, Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, Forest & Bird, local authorities, Landcare Trust, and community groups and land owners.

The role may require variable hours to be worked and will often operate unsupervised. Applicants should put a high degree of importance on safe work practices and be familiar with the use of Garmin GPS devices.

About you:

You're a passionate individual with experience in pest control (such as pest plants, predators and ungulates) and biodiversity protection.You have exceptional communication skills with the ability to communicate technical information to diverse audiences. You demonstrate a work style that focuses on driving and maintaining momentum on projects to see deliverables achieved on the ground.

You're a resilient self-starter with an ability to work in a dynamic environment. The Council's Biosecurity/Biodiversity programme is in a period of growth so flexibility to adapt to change is needed.

Specialist skills and experience

  • Practical experience in biodiversity protection and pest animal management.
  • Practical experience in surveillance, incursion response, pest control operations and monitoring is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience of achieving successful biodiversity outcomes and working across agencies.
  • Contract management experience.
  • Current full driving license.
  • Experience in riding a quad bike including appropriate certified training is desirable.
  • A firearm license would be an advantage but is not essential.
  • Comfortable in navigating through native forest, wetlands, dunes and farmland using a GPS and other forms of spatial information.

To view the full job description click here.

If you think you are up for the challenge apply today!

Applications close Wednesday 28 August, 2019.

apply now.

For further information and a confidential discussion, please call Mark Mitchell Team Leader Biosecurity Biodiversity - 06 833 8007

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