Pest Free Urban South Coordinator – Otara Waterways and Lake Trust

The role:
Reports to: Otara Waterways and Lake Trust (OWLT) Project Manager
Funded by: Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu and Manurewa local boards
Position status: This is a part time contract position
Hours of work: 24-26 hours per week
Hourly rate: $40-$50 depending on experience
Location of work: Based in Accelerating Aotearoa, 40 Lovegrove Crescent, Otara, but with the ability to work remotely.
Timeframe of work: Fixed term to 30 June 2022 (with potential to extend for another 2 years dependant on funding and performance).
Purpose of the position: to provide leadership and support, empowering local communities, volunteers and stakeholder organisations to collectively protect and enhance native biodiversity (with a specific focus on pest animal and plant control) in the Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa local boards.

Key Relationships:
Pest Free Urban South Steering Group, Otara Waterways and Lake Trust, Mangere East Family Services, Pest Free Howick Ward Project Manager, Te Puna Maunga Authority, other local volunteer restoration groups within the areas, local marae and mana whenua groups, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, Manurewa Local Board members and staff, Auckland Council staff, Schools, Auckland Council CCOs including Auckland Transport, Department of Conservation, and other government agencies, South East Wildlink project.

Actions & key activities:
Planning and reporting
Provide leadership to the delivery of the Pest Free Urban South Plan including coordinating detailed planning with the steering group.
Ensure that all work is delivered in accordance with the Guiding Principles of the PFUS strategic plan
Seek funding and resources from alternative sources to support the Pest Free plan and associated collaborative projects.
Report on progress to relevant stakeholders regularly against stated objectives and goals
Provide information for reporting as required by the Otara Waterways and Lake Project Manager.
Maintain a database of interested groups in the three local board areas.
Ensure planned work considers regional initiatives such as the South-East Wildlink.
Engagement and Community Empowerment
Maintain and develop appropriate community networks including leading / supporting coordination of the PFUS Steering Group.
Assisting PFUS Steering group members in the delivery of their PFUS projects Provide support to existing and future PFUS restoration groups including exploring options for collaborative funding bids, training programmes and skills development to ensure success of groups long term
Explore social enterprise opportunities where this is beneficial to groups.
Coordinate delivery of community hui / networking events identified by the PFUS steering group.
Communications
Plan and coordinate consistent and effective communication with the PFUS steering group
Develop and implement a communications plan for the overall promotion of the PFUS initiative – utilising a variety of media channels to promote the work and inform of opportunities
Seek regular media opportunities to promote the work of the network
Monitoring & Evaluation
Support the PFUS Steering group to develop monitoring and evaluation as outlined in the Pest Free Urban South plan – including setting key performance indicators (KPIs) for specific projects.
Support a review of the coordinator position and delivery of the Pest Free Urban South plan.
Health & Safety
Adhere to health and safety policies and procedures of OWLT.
Seek guidance and put in place procedures to ensure that relevant rules concerning privacy and other legislation are adhered to.
Work with and support groups around their own health and safety practices and procedures, including giving guidance as necessary.
Responsible for all H&S requirements if organising any volunteer/community events
Administration
Providing invoices and timesheets to the Otara Waterways and lake Project Manager as per the agreed timeframe for those documents to be received (i.e. weekly/fortnightly)
Regular catch ups with the Otara Waterways and Lake Project Manager and Conservation Advisor South, Natural Environment Delivery Team
Regular and timely responses to emails and phone calls.

Skills and Attributes:
Essential
Interest in conservation and natural environment
Experience in working with a range of groups and agencies including schools, mana whenua and volunteers.
Demonstrated “self-starter”, showing initiative and ability to complete prioritised projects on time and within budget.
Project management skills
Demonstrated experience in effective group development, building strong relationships and community empowerment for shared achievement
Demonstrated people skills in face-to-face communication with individuals and groups as well as excellent phone, written, internet and other communications, including report writing.
Experience and/or willingness to work cross culturally Ability to work independently and within a team
Experience in volunteer engagement, support, and management.
Strong time management skills – able to juggle multiple projects and priorities
Computer literate with demonstrated social media experience.
Strong organizational and administration skills
Ability to undertake project monitoring and reporting to agreed standards and procedures
Own transport with insurance and current driving licence
Own laptop and software

Desirable
Experience working with mana whenua and understanding of basic tikanga
Experience writing grant applications
Experience in public speaking and/or facilitation
Coachable – ability to listen and learn
Knowledge of engagement channels and methods
Strong interest in and knowledge of ecology, biodiversity biosecurity issues
Current first aid certificate
Passionate with own vision for the role and organisation
Flexible working hours to work out of “normal” office hours.
Listing Attachments:
Pest Free Urban South Coordinator Role JD FINAL

How to Apply
Application: To apply for this role please send your C.V. and cover letter to gabi.ezeta@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz by Wednesday 1st of September. Please e-mail gabi.ezeta@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz with name and number if you require further information on the role.
Job Category: Environment / Conservation. Job Type: Contract. Job Salary: 40,000 – 60,000.
Closes September 4, 2021

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