Are you our next Operations Manager?

Date: 10th June 2024

With Karen set to embark on some long-planned travel adventures, we’re looking for the right person to lead the Trust’s activities with purpose. That includes co-ordinating the planting of approximately 10,000 trees and shrubs each year at our keystone sites as well as some other key responsibilities.

Karen is leaving some big gardening gloves to fill, we know! But if you think you might be the person to do it, here’s a little more information.

For this important leadership position at the Trust, we’re looking for a keen green person who ideally as a background in conservation and environmental management.

As the role requires an eye for the bigger picture, it’s important to be able to see the forest for the trees, as it were. The successful candidate will have superb communication and organisational skills, and the ability to build and maintain relationships with a broad group of stakeholders, sponsors, volunteers and contractors.

They will also need to be comfortable going out on a limb (see what we did there?) when it comes to applying for funding and sponsorship. Some public relations and event planning prowess will come in handy, as well as skills in managing marketing communications, and experience in working to and reporting on a strategic plan.

Of course, it’s important to be able to practise what you preach – so you should be prepared to roll up your sleeves in the field and preferably have some knowledge (and love) for native plants.

Core responsibilities will include:

  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders, volunteer groups, sponsors and contractors
  • Overseeing day to day nursery operations, site preparation and maintenance matters
  • Managing social media, general communications and special campaigns
  • Investigating funding avenues, drafting funding applications for trustee review
  • Reporting monthly to the Trustees on progress toward the strategic plan

This is a part time role of up to 20 hours per week.  Hours are flexible, however the successful candidate must be able to work on Saturdays during spring and autumn planting season.

Our vision is for a Whakatipu Basin that hums with native birdlife and insects. It starts with eco-sourced seeds propagated and nurtured by volunteers at the Jean Malpas Nursery; it grows with our community planting days; it expands with every young person who takes part in our Educate for Nature programmes.

If you’re the person to help us achieve this ambitious vision, send your CV with a covering note to telling us why you’re the one for the job.

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