Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa – Rangahau me te Whakapakari | Project Support Manager (R&D)

Predator Free 2050

  • Flexible
  • Multiple Location Options
Auckland, Auckland Central
Farming, Animals & Conservation
Conservation, Parks & Wildlife
Full time

Predator Free 2050 Ltd is looking for YOU to help drive the Predator Free 2050 mission of removing possums, rats and mustelids (stoats, ferrets and weasels) from the entirety of Aotearoa New Zealand within the next 30 years. The Predator Free 2050 mission underpins Te Mana o te Taiao, the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy, helping to protect and restore native biodiversity. You will support the delivery of contracted research and new tool development projects, monitor performance against agreed milestones, and assist with funding and reporting requirements.

This role also has a ‘knowledge brokering’ component and will facilitate access to information and learning between our R&D projects and PF2050 Ltd landscape projects working to achieve predator eradication on the ground. The effective transfer of scientific and R&D knowledge is critical to the success of PF2050 Ltd’s mission. You will help the landscape projects respond to the challenges and constraints they face, while building our knowledge of the best techniques and tools available.

The successful candidate will be supporting more senior company staff. This is thus an entry-level position into the conservation management and research sector for individuals with some contract-management, relationship-management, evidence-synthesis, and communication experience. Prior experience working in predator management and research is thus an advantage but not a requirement; the successful candidate will build understanding and responsibility on the job.

Critical elements of your role will include:

•    Supporting relationships with contracted parties and critical stakeholders. 

•    Supporting quarterly reporting processes to ensure project milestones are considered and met.

•    Contributing to financial management of projects.

•    Facilitating learnings and innovation between landscape projects, developers, and researchers.

•    Supporting the organisation of meetings and workshops.


•    Tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant field.

•    An adaptable and agile mindset, and willingness to learn technical aspects.

•    Ability to build and maintain strong relationships based on integrity and competence.

•    Project or contract management and reporting experience.

•    Communication, engagement, and written documentation skills.

•    Understanding and willingness to use and learn Tikanga Māori and Te Reo.

•    IT competence, particularly across the Microsoft Office suite.

•    Ability to contribute to a positive, diverse and dynamic team environment.


•    Conservation and/or research work experience, particularly of mammalian predator control and eradication methodologies, is an advantage but not a requirement.

While we have office space in Auckland and Wellington, this role can be based anywhere in the country, and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements.

If you enjoy being at the forefront of ambitious endeavours, can adapt easily to change and want to support the goal of a predator free New Zealand, hit the apply button now.

Applications close 21 August 2022


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