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Freshwater Project Coordinator

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Freshwater Project Coordinator

Location: Christchurch / North Canterbury

Hours: Contractor role of approx. 10-15 hours week (on average) over 12 months at $30/hour + reimbursement for mileage

Are you keen to work with communities to restore our waterways? Do you enjoy communicating science to everyone from primary school kids to farmers, and translating that into environmental action?

Working Waters Trust is seeking a Freshwater Project Coordinator for our projects in Christchurch, North Canterbury (and potentially wider Canterbury) over a 12 month period from October 2018.

Does this sound a bit like you?

  • Good general ecological knowledge (planting, freshwater and/or threatened species knowledge a bonus)

  • Enjoy hands-on fieldwork and monitoring in, and around, water

  • A people person, with strength in science communication and ability to relate to people of all ages and all walks of life

  • Proactive, self-managing, reliable and gets things done

  • Experience working on community projects, with volunteers and/or school students

  • Inspired by working for a purpose, for a charitable community organisation

  • Hold a drivers license, and have your own car

You must be physically able to move safely over rough ground and carry equipment, as well as carry out tasks, such as tree planting, along waterways.

This role may suit a motivated, self-directed university student or someone seeking very flexible work hours. The successful applicant will be entrusted with a high level of flexibility and control over when you work your hours (though some activities are fixed). The role will involve working the occasional weekend, and a small number of evening hours to report to monthly trust meetings.

Applicants must be a NZ citizen or resident and be legally entitled to be self-employed in New Zealand.

To apply - Send a CV and cover letter including contact details for at least two referees to Sophie Allen by 5pm on the 19th September 2018. For more information, contact Sophie Allen on 022 315 0981 or

Working Waters Trust is a charitable trust dedicated to celebrating the wonders of New Zealand's native freshwater fish and restoring and protecting their habitats. We are passionate freshwater lovers who work alongside rūnanga, farmers, councils, government departments, schools and community groups on freshwater restoration/rehabilitation projects which benefit endangered native freshwater fish and improve water quality.

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