Job Vacancy June 2022 – Operations Manager

40 hours per weekWorking from homeSalary: $105,000 pa

At The Forest Bridge Trust (TFBT) our vision is to create a connected landscape with healthy forest and flourishing indigenous wildlife from the Kaipara Harbour to the Pacific Coast. A core activity of TFBT is to engage and support community groups and landowners in predator control and related activities, connecting the landscape and people in the North Rodney region. Our work is rapidly expanding, and we are looking for a new Operations Manager to join our team overseeing the design and delivery of TFBT projects and programmes.

Key Task:

  • Identify areas for activity that align with the strategy of The Forest Bridge Trust.
  • Design and lead delivery of operational programmes including work planning, budgeting and tracking.
  • Ensure programme planning is underpinned by science and best practice.
  • Knowledge sharing and adhering to best practice (i.e., knowledge sharing with peers, key partners such as Council and DOC and other landscape scale projects).
  • Maintaining and fostering strong relationships with the key community groups and iwi/hapu involved in the delivery of the annual plan (including developing MoUs where appropriate).
  • Assisting the CEO and Finance Manager with funding applications.
  • Management of operational senior employees and contractors; communicating the goals, priorities and values of the Trust.
  • Identifying employees/contractor requirements for operational delivery, including community liaison, predator-control advisors, and fencing advisors.
  • Outcome reporting – work with the CEO, Finance Manager and operations staff to report back to funders, trustees and key stakeholders as required (monthly, quarterly and annually).
  • Delivery of operational monitoring.
  • Financial budgeting and reporting for the Predator Control and Fencing budgets (tracking operational budgets, setting budgets with the management team).
  • Ensure that all operations team are informed and trained in all H&S policies and procedures, and policies in place.

Person Specification:

  • Outcome-driven
  • Self-motivating, and proactive
  • Living within or close to our area of work in North Rodney (attendance at team meetings in Warkworth required fortnightly)
  • Reliable and diligent in all aspects of the role
  • A team player, connecting and supporting team members
  • Supporting of our values of Respect, Integrity and Empathy

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong leadership ability, including remotely.
  • Proven experience in NZ conservation in a community setting and preferably including restoration.
  • A degree in ecological or environmental sciences (or similar) desirable.
  • Ability to represent TFBT credibly in NZ conservation community.
  • Ability to plan and execute projects and contribute to successful funding applications.

If this is you, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Chanel at

Applications close 30th June 2022.