17 Nov 2023

Full-Time Kaihautū Tiaki Koiora – Conservation Advisor

Mana Recruitment Ltd – Posted by Mana Recruitment Ltd.Auckland, New Zealand

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Tupuna Maunga Authority

Job Description

Lead biodiversity and biosecurity programmes and ensure measurable conservation benefits are realised for Tāmaki Makaurau.


  • Understanding of the Mana Whenua landscape in Tāmaki Makaurau.
  • Experienced working with native flora and fauna.
  • Experienced with co-governance and co-management.

Ko wai mātou? – Who are we?

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority is an independent co-governance entity that looks after ngā Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau – the ancestral mountains (volcanic cones) of Auckland.

Formed out of a historic Treaty of Waitangi settlement that saw ownership of the Tūpuna Maunga return to Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau. Te Waka Tairanga Whenua is a business unit within parks and community facilities that manages the work programmes for co-governance and co-management and is a part of Maunga operational team that looks after the work programme for Tūpuna Maunga Authority on behalf of Auckland Council.

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position

The intent of this newly created position is to provide advice and direction to the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority, the Tūpuna Maunga team and other stakeholders. Leading the delivery of the biodiversity and biosecurity work programmes, you will provide expert guidance, support, and leadership in this area. In turn, your own contribution will contribute to delivering Māori Outcomes for and with Māori, and see you as a specialist staff member, valued for your mātauranga, te reo me ōna tikanga.

Fully cognisant and with a depth of understanding Te Tiriti o Waitangi, you will support staff to build their capability and understanding of te ao Māori. Actively working to advance Māori outcomes across Tāmaki Makaurau, you will remain highly responsive and proactive to the needs of Māori. You will actively engage and work with Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, including community groups and contractors to help facilitate their participation in Tūpuna Maunga programmes and activities. Additionally, you will draw on your proven capability to nurture partnerships with community with whānau, hapū and iwi.

With a level of comfort working in high public profile situations, you will facilitate effective delivery of restoration plans and manage contracts with a number of ecological specialists to deliver biodiversity and biosecurity programmes whilst supporting Mana Whenua and community restoration programmes which include developing projects that local schools, tertiary institutions, iwi, hapū, Marae and community can engage in.

You will report regularly on programme progress, including resource usage and financial spend against plans and budget.

Contributing to positive relationships with the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, the Tūpuna Taonga Trust, and Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau, you will have a particularly broad span across council, providing support to the Tūpuna Maunga Team. Furthermore, you will provide the Tūpuna Maunga Manager with strategic advice for the development and delivery of the annual operational plan, the IMP, Tūpuna Maunga strategies and individual Maunga plans. Skilled at determining and identifying risk, you will escalate (and or manage) issues and risks, presenting solutions and robustly communicating with Tūpuna Maunga Manager as appropriate.

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Whēako – Essential skills/experiences for the role

  • A degree – ideally in Māori Studies, Parks and Recreation or Ecology and a Growsafe certification is highly desirable to application.
  • Understanding of Te Reo Māori and extensive knowledge of tikanga Māori .
  • A significant understanding of biodiversity and biosecurity best practice.
  • Experience developing restoration programs, working on culturally sensitive sites, and coordinating resources.
  • Knowledge of Mātauranga Māori, and practical application of principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Past experience successfully managing and delivering operational projects, contracts, and work programmes.
  • Ability to engage and operate at the interface between science and Te Ao Māori.
  • The ability to learn and carry out a variety of tasks using a range of skills.
  • Ability to clearly impart information verbally and in written form to non-specialists.
  • The experience to effectively manage internal and external stakeholders through advocacy, negotiation, and collaboration, with the ability to influence, persuade and inspire others.
  • Able to demonstrate the proven ability to work collaboratively to develop and maintain highly effective relationships.
  • Experienced in all aspects of project management and the skills to co-ordinate multiple projects of varying degrees of complexity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the ability to influence and enable.

Te tono – How to apply:

To apply, or to enquire further – contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email you updated CV and cover letter to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

How to Apply

To apply, or to enquire further - contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email you updated CV and cover letter to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

Job Categories: Environment. Job Types: Full-Time.

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