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Project Leader Biodiversity


At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


About the Opportunity:

We are looking for a Project Leader Biodiversity to join the Catchment Services Team, to lead the project through the final stages of the 14,500ha possum eradication on Mahia Peninsula.  This is a full-time fixed term position until 30 June 2022 involving a split week of three days in the field in Mahia and two office-based days in Napier.  A vehicle is supplied as part of the role, and accommodation in Mahia is provided.

The operation is largely complete, and into the “hunt down” phase to reach proof of freedom. The current project leader is taking up another opportunity elsewhere and we need continued leadership to see the project through the next 8-10 months.

The main responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of field work
    • Proof of absence monitoring
    • ZIP wireless monitored legholds
    • Trail cameras and lures
    • Bait stations
    • Trapping (legholds, possum masters, AT220’s etc).
    • Maintain high standard of Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Continue to maintain positive farmer/landholder relationships
  • Continue to build and maintain positive and supportive relationships within the team
  • Oversee day to day operations in the field
    • Ensure team has equipment they need
    • Be first point of call for vehicle breakdowns etc.
  • Connector between field team and management team
  • Mapping
  • Budgeting and financial reporting


About you:

You will be a strong people leader with the ability to communicate well across various stakeholder groups. The team is well experienced and skilled so technical knowledge is not critical although experience in a similar project would be beneficial. You will need to have oversight of the project and budgets, ensure everything is on track and raise any issues as soon as they arise.

Ideally you will also have:

  • GIS mapping experience would be useful
  • Current full drivers license


All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

To view the job description please click here

To apply please email your CV and cover letter to by 3rd December, however we will be talking to suitable candidates prior to this date so please express your interest for the role ASAP.

18 November 2021

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