Project Lead Vacancy

The Project Lead is responsible for the overall management, implementation, and delivery of the Tū Mai Taonga Project in close collaboration with the Tū Mai Taonga Steering Committee and the Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust. The Project Lead will be managing the strategic, technical, and fiduciary aspects of the project in accordance with the project objectives and key outcomes. The Project Lead will be skilled in the management of time-bound programs within a Te Ao Māori context.

The Project Lead role is to be based on Aotea and has an initial term of 2 years based on funding.

Essential Requirements:

  • Minimum 3 years’ team or programme management experience including priority setting and designing and successfully implementing time-bound work programmes

  • Good knowledge of biodiversity and conservation management in a New Zealand context

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player and to lead and become a trusted member of a small, highly motivated team

  • Proven project management and office administration skills

  • Ability to work independently and lead a multi-disciplinary team of professionals

  • Ability and proven lead by example experience to lead, train, supervise and motivate people.

  • Demonstrated coordination and management skills.

  • Able to be based full-time on Aotea for the duration of the project

  • A full driver’s licence

  • NZ citizenship or a long-term work visa is required.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Fluency in Te Reo Māori

  • Experience and proficiency in Te Ao Māori or involvement with mana whenua of Aotea

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in project management, business administration or similar qualification.

  • Domiciled on Aotea (Great Barrier Island)

  • Experience working and living in the Hauraki Gulf or other similar remote environments


Please contact for a copy of the Terms of Reference and further clarifications.


Expressions of Interest are to be submitted via the above email no later than 5 pm, 14th October 2022

Field Personnel Vacancies

Tū Mai Taonga is a mana whenua-led conservation project located on the stunning Aotea/Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf. The island is fully off-grid and teaming with native bush and rare endemic species. The project seeks to remove feral cats and rats from Aotea so that taonga species can thrive once again.


As part of this long-term vision, the project is now seeking to fill a number of contracted junior and senior field roles. The field team will begin with training, team building and cutting trap lines in rugged country. Later, the work will involve trapping in remote areas and staying overnight in forest huts, with all expenses covered.


No experience is necessary for junior field roles as full training will be provided, including NZQA accredited qualifications.



35-40 hours per week.


Essential Requirements:

  • Love of working in the outdoors

  • Sufficient fitness level for back-country hiking

  • Team spirited

  • Respect for Tikanga Māori - Māori values


Preferred Requirements:

  • Current First Aid Certificate

  • Firearms Licence

  • Trapping and/or hunting experience


If you're interested in applying, email or phone 021 0299 5651.