Environmental Restoration - Field Operator

  • Anonymous Company
  • Ōtaki, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jul 09, 2024
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Job Description

Are you passionate about environmental conservation and restoration? Do you love getting your hands dirty and making a tangible difference in the natural environment?

We are looking for a passionate fixed-term Environmental restoration - Field Operator to join our team on the Kapiti coast for the winter restoration planting season.

Who are we?
Kawakawa Environmental is an ecological restoration specialist based on the Kapiti coast. We are passionate about our work and endeavour to restore and create self-sustaining, resilient native ecosystems using professional and innovative ecological restoration techniques.

What do we do?
We provide various ecological restoration services, from restoration planting, biodiversity monitoring, and invasive weed control to ecological planning and assessments. We focus our efforts close to home and complete restoration projects for clients throughout the greater Wellington and Manawatu regions.

About the role
From regional parks and farms to coastlines, you will be out and about working in beautiful areas undertaking vital work to conserve and restore our precious regions. This 6-month fixed-term role between July and December will focus on native restoration planting throughout winter and spring in various areas around the Wellington region. Native restoration planting involves site preparation (spot spraying and invasive weed removal), the
delivery of plants, setting out plants and planting. You will be working in a team environment, and the successful completion of projects will require liaising and reporting to other team members, various clients and contract managers. Your work will be rewarding, knowing you are contributing to the restoration and conservation of special ecosystems in our region.
However, delivering hands-on ecological restoration services can be challenging at times. It will require you to be physically fit and not afraid of getting your hands dirty and working in Wellington's wild weather to achieve the day’s work.


  • Plant native trees, shrubs, and plants in designated restoration sites.
  • Follow planting plans and techniques provided by project leaders.
  • Assist with site preparation and maintenance tasks as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with team members to achieve project goals efficiently.
  • Adhere to safety protocols and environmental regulations at all times.

What were looking for

We are looking for a team player who is passionate about Aotearoa’s natural environment and wants to contribute to the conservation of our special ecosystems and species.

Ideally, you will have qualifications or experience in some of the following areas; however, we are open to anyone passionate about ecological restoration who wants to make a difference.

  • Experience completing hands-on restoration projects such as restoration planting, invasive weed control, pest control or biodiversity monitoring.
  • Experience and qualifications in using offroad vehicles (LUV, 4X4)
  • The handling and use of agrichemicals
  • A full New Zealand driver’s licence.


  • Strong work ethic and reliability.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks in outdoor environments. 
  • Interest in environmental conservation and restoration principles.
  • Willingness to learn and follow instructions effectively.
  • Experience in planting or landscaping is preferred but not required.

Why should you join us?
By joining our team, you join a group of like-minded people passionate about conserving and restoring Aotearoa. You can apply your knowledge and skills to benefit our local communities and environment.


  • Gain valuable hands-on experience in ecological restoration.
  • Contribute to meaningful environmental projects in your local area.
  • Work alongside passionate professionals and enthusiasts in the field.
    Opportunities for skill development and advancement.


Kawakawa Environmental Ltd

Job Summary

Are you passionate about environmental conservation and restoration? Do you love getting your hands dirty and making a tangible difference in the natural environment?


$26 – $32 per hour

How to apply

What next?

If you're ready to roll up your sleeves and make a positive impact on the natural landscapes of the Wellington and Manawatu regions, we want to hear from you! 

This Fixed Term Role will run from mid-July 2024 until 1st December 2024. Suitable applicants will be invited for interviews throughout the advertisement period, So we encourage early applications! 


Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a Field Operator?
  • Do you have a current New Zealand driver's licence?


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