Conservation Project Co-ordinator


Applications Now Closed

Closing Date: 5 pm Monday 18 April 2016

About the role

A grant from the Waikato Regional Council means the Riverlea Environment Society Inc. (RESI) has the opportunity to grow its involvement in restoring Hammond Park Bush. The coordination and drive for this expanded involvement will be largely provided by a part-time conservation project co-ordinator responsible to the RESI Committee. Continuation of this work beyond a year is seen by the Committee as essential to consolidate long-term gains, but this will depend on accessing further funding.

The contract is for 400 hours work at $25 per hour ($10,000). Hours worked per week are negotiable with the Committee.

Contractor duties and responsibilities

Engagement with adjoining neighbours

  • Develop a database of owners/residents whose properties adjoin Hammond Park Bush from plans supplied
  • Consult and develop rapport wherever possible with all owners whose properties adjoin Hammond Park Bush. Encourage them to clear exotic plants and replant natives where necessary and provide or obtain advice on the best methods. Consult with Hamilton City Council as to the types and numbers of plants to suit the location.
  • Help home owners source native plants
  • Maintain regular contact with owners including advice and encouragement re ongoing pest control
  • Obtain contact details for emailing newsletters, and encourage participation in RESI working bees where appropriate.


  • Identify appropriate potential funders
  • Prepare funding applications to further the work of RESI
  • Complete accountability reports for funders when due
  • Keep records of funding applications and related information
  • Liaise with the treasurer when appropriate for funding applications
  • Maintain detailed records of gully neighbours and RESI support offered and fulfilled.

Community Engagement

  • Build community engagement
  • Increase attendance at working bees and general involvement
  • Attend monthly working bees
  • Contribute relevant articles to the RESI newsletter.

Co-ordination with RESI

  • Extend work to Mangaonua Stream area if time and energy permit
  • Complete monthly reports on progress for RESI committee and present to RESI meetings when asked.

Skills and experience

Our ideal candidate will have

  • People and relationship building skills
  • Flexibility – there may be some weekend and evening work at times
  • The ability to see the big picture and the detail
  • A high degree of motivation, organisation and self discipline
  • Time management skills
  • General computer skills
  • Knowledge of ecosystems, gully restoration, pest control, botany or similar
  • A passion for the environment, restoration and making a difference.

Preferred, but not essential:

  • Prior experience with conservation/restoration projects.

About RESI

Hamilton’s Riverlea suburb is home to residential housing, an industrial area and a stunning patch of native bush that is Hamilton’s most diverse forest remnant. We are a not-for-profit group run by volunteers. Our objectives are to protect and enhance the environmental and other amenity values of our local area.