Do you enjoy working with farmers and rural landowners? Do you have a passion for wetlands and experience with practical ecological restoration projects?

We are looking for a full-time Project Coordinator for the Managing Wetlands as Farm Assets project. The role will lead the implementation of the action plan and ensure momentum across 14 demonstration sites in Canterbury.

The position is fixed-term full-time, working 5 days per week until the end of June 2023, and is based in Christchurch. The role is an opportunity to lead an exciting hands-on wetland demonstration project. There is a strong focus on sharing knowledge about the value of on-farm wetlands, to drive improvements in the long-term protection and restoration of natural wetlands and the uptake of constructed wetlands on Canterbury farms.

Our ideal candidate will be a motivated, hands-on person with good farming knowledge and practical skills in ecological restoration. They will understand the nutrient management, water quality, and biodiversity issues facing Canterbury farmers. Project management, facilitating extension activities and project events, and good communication skills are key requirements of the role. Experience working with iwi/rūnanga is highly desirable.

The project is funded through the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Farming Fund, with regional council and agribusiness project partners offering co-funding and project support.

Other project roles will include two part-time extension coordinators, and this role is part of the NZ Landcare Trust’s South Island team. With work already underway, the successful candidate will have a good handover as they pick up the full-time reins.

Interested? Please forward your application to South Island Team Leader, Jo Buckner, at [email protected] without delay. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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