Te Ao Māori Advisor

The Nature Conservancy

  • Fixed Term
  • Wellington

JOB POSITION: Te Ao Māori Advisor
JOB TITLE:  External Affairs Associate II 
JOB FAMILY:  External Affairs
JOB NUMBER: 750011
STATUS: Salaried


He mea whakatū a te Tohu Taiao (the Nature Conservancy – TNC) i te tau 1952 hei tohu i ngā whenua me ngā wai o te ao e ora nei ngā mea koiora katoa. Ka ārahina ā mātau mahi e te pūtaiao, ka waihanga mātau i ngā urupare auaha, whai pūtake hoki e ngangahau ngātahi ai te taiao me te tāngata. Kei te aro mātau ki ngā āhuatanga o te panoni āhuarangi me te tohu whenua, wai, moana hoki, o te whakawhiwhi kai me te wai kia toitū ai, o te whakatoitū hoki i ō tātau tāone. Ko tētahi o ā mātau tino mātāpono, ko te kanorautanga.

He hōtaka tohu taiao tā TNC Aotearoa e aro ana ki ngā kaupapa nui mō te tohu whenua, ki ngā mahi whakawhanake, whakawhānui hoki i ngā hātepe whakawhiwhi pūtea tohu taiao. Ko tētahi o ngā whāinga o TNC Aotearoa ko te whakapiki haere i ngā āheinga o ngā kaiārahi tohu taiao, whakahaere rawa kia nui ake te whai painga mā te taiao, e hangā ai tētahi anamata e ngangahau ana ngā tāngata me te taiao. Ka āwhina hoki tēnei tūranga i ētahi atu hōtaka, kaupapa hoki ki roto i a TNC Aotearoa. 


E pai ake ai te whakatau i tō mātau ahurea me ō mātau uara, hiahia hoki, kei te pīrangi mātau ki te whakahou i ā mātau momo kōkiri kia aro atu ki ngā āhuatanga o Te Ao Māori ki roto i te horopaki o Aotearoa. Ko ngā tikanga e pā ana ki te whakapapa, ki te kaitiakitanga, ki te mātauranga hoki, he tauira o ngā āhuatanga matua o Te Ao Māori me raranga mai ki te roto i te Hōtaka Kaiārahi Tohu Taiao me ētahi atu o ngā hōtaka tohu taiao o TNC Aotearoa.

Ka tautoko tēnei tūranga i te Hōtaka Kaiārahi Tohu Taiao. Ka riro mā te kaitohutohu Te Ao Māori e tautoko i ngā mahi hei whakawhanake i te Whakahoahoa Tohu Taiao mō Aotearoa (e mōhiotia ana hoki ko Ngā Paerewa Tuwhera ki roto i ngā Mahi Tohu Taiao), he kaupapa ā-ao mō te tautoko i ngā mahi ā-hapori mō te whakamaherehere me te whakatutuki mahi tohu taiao. Ka tautoko hoki ia i ngā awheawhe ka whakahaeretia ki roto i tēnei hōtaka, me te tārai i ngā pitopito o te anga o Whakahoahoa Tohu Taiao, i runga i ngā whakaaro o te hunga ka tae atu ki ngā awheawhe nei. 


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organisation dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy Aotearoa New Zealand has a conservation programme focused on delivering large landscape-scale conservation initiatives, along with developing and scaling-up sustainable conservation financing mechanisms. One of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Aotearoa New Zealand’s goals is to build the capacity of Aotearoa New Zealand’s conservation and natural resource management leaders to achieve even greater conservation impact, at a greater scale than ever before, to help build a future where both people and nature thrive. We strive to ensure we are equipping the conservation leaders of today, and future generations, with the skills they need to address the most pressing environmental challenges our country faces. This position may also provide support into other related TNC Aotearoa New Zealand programmes and projects.


To better reflect our unique culture, values, style and aspirations, we want to adapt our approaches so they can be applied within a Te Ao  External Affairs Associate II and Aotearoa New Zealand context. The concepts of  , kaitiakitanga and mātauranga Māori are examples of essential elements of Te Ao Māori to weave into the Conservation Leaders Programme and other TNC Aotearoa New Zealand’s conservation programmes.

This role will support the Conservation Leaders Programme. The Te Ao Māori advisor will support the development of an Aotearoa New Zealand version of TNC’s Conservation by Design (also referred to as the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation), an international approach to community-led conservation outcomes planning and implementation. They will also support a series of training workshops that will be delivered as part of this programme, and the refinement of the Conservation by Design framework, based on participant feedback from those workshops.

This is a two-year fixed term position, at 0.7 FTE for the first 12 months, and 0.3 FTE for the following 12 months, reporting to either the Director of Conservation or Conservation Leaders Programme Manager. Domestic travel will be required as part of this role.


The Te Ao Māori advisor will provide advice and guidance on integrating Te Ao Māori into the Conservation Leaders Programme. They will work closely with the Conservation Leaders Programme Manager, liaise with Iwi nationally, and support design and delivery of workshops, including production of any communication and/ or training materials if necessary. Additionally, they may support coaching and mentoring to workshop participants who have completed the Conservation Leaders Programme.


  • Provides Te Ao Māori advice in support of developing the training programme and associated materials.
  • May provide assistance with preparation of programme materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • Influences successful integration of Te Ao Māori into training and conservation programme initiatives at the country, sub-national, and
  • local levels.
  • Develops strategic relationships and partnerships with Iwi, relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and/or industry.
  • Work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Financial responsibility to assist with budget development.
  • Ensures programme compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Works within scope of programme’s strategic goals.
  • Provides research and analysis in support of Project outcomes


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Experience understanding and applying Te Reo Māori and Tikanga.
  • Experience working in a cultural advisory capacity and with mātauranga Māori/ Te Ao Māori
  • Experience integrating and distilling information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive approach/narrative.
  • Experience with training, planning or Iwi initiatives at two or more of the following levels: country, regional, or local.
  • Experience building Iwi and other networks or organisational capability, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key partners/ stakeholders.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with Iwi, other external parties and programme leadership. 


  • Experience in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralised organization with minimal oversight.


Builds Relationships
Builds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.

Collaboration & Teamwork
Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.

Communicates Authentically
Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.

Develops Others
Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviours, and mindsets to help them maximise their workplace contributions.

Drives for Results
Sets challenging goals and objectives based on a strong sense of purpose and high-performance standards and steadfastly pushes self and others for tangible results, while ensuring work-life balance.

Leverages Difference
Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self-awareness and behaviours to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholders. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.

Systems Leadership
Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long-term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large-scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behaviour may be limiting change.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of all genders with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organisation that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colours, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

Apply to Farheen Ansari: farheen.ansari@TNC.ORG


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