Nelson, New Zealand

Location negotiable within the top of the South Island area.


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The Project Manager will manage the delivery of a 3-year Restoring and Protecting Flora project on behalf of the Kotahitanga mō te Taiao (KMTT) Alliance.  The project will deliver strategic weed control at sites across the Buller, Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough Regions, with a focus on aligning this project with others significant projects in Te Tauihu (the top of the South Island) and ensuring that the gains made for conservation can be maintained beyond the life of the project.  There will be approximately five weed control teams working under three weed control contractors distributed across Te Tauihu with planned work coordinated in collaboration with councils, iwi, the Department of Conservation and other stakeholders.  This is a full-time, 3-year fixed-term position with the Project Manager working closely with and reporting to the KMTT Programme Manager and a governance group made up of KMTT Alliance members.  The role will not have direct reports but will be expected to lead others.


The Project Manager provides overall strategic and technical leadership of the Restoring and Protecting Flora project.  They will lead the development and implementation of the Project Workplan and work closely with weed control contractors and engage with field teams and Operational Liaisons hosted by councils to ensure the work is delivered safely and effectively.  The Project Manager ensures that reporting requirements are fulfilled and that rigorous health and safety standards are maintained.  They will ensure that weed control work is delivered at the sites and on species that provide the greatest return on investment, including working with KMTT Alliance partners to secure long term maintenance of the gains made during the term of the project.  The Project Manager coordinates and aligns the work across multiple jurisdictions, projects and stakeholders to ensure a well-integrated programme consistent with the principles and intent of the Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance.


  • Plans work programme in collaboration with Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance partners.
  • Oversees the delivery of the work programme and ensures that contracts are delivered successfully and in accordance with budgets and relevant standards.
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Openly shares information on the project with the wider Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance and other Te Tauihu stakeholders in order to support collaboration and shared learning.
  • Does not have direct reports, however is expected to supervise technical, administrative and professional staff including volunteers.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing significant projects, including budget management.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.
  • Experience applying scientific principles to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience communicating with a variety of stakeholders through written, spoken and graphical means.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.



  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated, particularly an understanding of Te aō Māori and Tikanga Māori.
  • 4-6 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive health and safety management experience.
  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles, with weed management experience.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.


  • Only applicants who are currently eligible to work in New Zealand will be considered.
  • The Nature Conservancy will not provide support for working visas or residency for this position.


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.


To apply for Job ID 50167, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on 25th August 2021 (2:59 PM NZST on 26th August 2021).

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