Regional Representative — North Canterbury - QEII National Trust Ngā Kairauhī Papa

  • Hybrid
  • May 16, 2024
Part-Time Environment-Conservation

Job Description

QEII National Trust is looking for an independent contractor to act as our regional representative in the North Canterbury region. The contract is for 1,400 hours per year and will cover the Kaikoura, Hurunui, and Waimakariri district council areas.


Regional representatives (reps) work closely with landowners to achieve protection of native biodiversity values on private land, provide valuable ecological management advice and support, and assist landowners in meeting their covenant stewardship obligations. This work involves field-based assessments of the values and threats present and preparing information for consideration by the executive. In doing so, reps work closely with our ecological and legal advisors in the Wellington office.  


A sound ecological understanding of our indigenous flora, fauna, and the threats they face within Canterbury is desirable. Alongside, a proven ability to build lasting partnerships across multiple sectors (including with regional councils, territorial authorities, iwi, and local community groups), comfort accessing and working in remote backcountry areas is necessary. Experience working with landowners and applying practical and resourceful land management solutions would be an advantage.


The successful North Canterbury applicant would be engaged as an independent contractor for 1,400 hours per year. The successful applicant would supply a home/office set-up and suitable vehicle with mileage reimbursed based on the IRD rate.



About us – QEII National Trust - Ngā Kairauhī Papa 


Our mission is to inspire private landowners to protect and enhance areas of ecological and cultural significance on their land. Almost 70% of New Zealand is in private ownership, so protecting biodiversity and heritage on private land is critical to reversing the decline of indigenous biodiversity and preserving our history.  


We are an independent charitable organisation that partners with private landowners to protect sites on their land with covenants. A covenant is an agreement between QEII and a landowner to protect land forever. The landowner continues to own and manage the protected land, and the covenant and protection stays on the land, even when the property is sold to a new owner.  


Our partnerships have created a growing network of over 5,000 protected areas throughout Aotearoa. These covenants protect more than 190,000 ha of private land and play a key role as a refuge for some of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered biodiversity and ecosystems.


QEII National Trust Ngā Kairauhī Papa

Job Summary

Use your ecological experience to help grow Aotearoa’s private land conservation network in the North Canterbury region.


$81,620 actual /$121,264 pro rata

How to apply

If this contracting opportunity sounds like you, we would love to hear from you! To apply please send your cover letter and CV to by 9 a.m. 4 June 2024.


You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand to apply.


The services and requirements of the contract are available here.

If you have any questions or for more information on the position, please email


Not for Profit

Cause (Sustainable Development Goals)

Life On Land

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