Job Vacancy – Project Administrator

Puketi Forest Trust

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team protecting one of Aotearoa’s most diverse forest ecosystems and to make a valuable contribution to biodiversity and community well-being.  It is a part-time (30 hour per week) 3 year fixed term position providing administrative support to the forest restoration work of Puketi Forest Trust.

About the Project:

Puketi Forest Trust is a community conservation group with the mission to restore and protect Puketi Forest in central Northland. The Trust currently carries out stoat and feral cat control on 5,600 ha and intensive rat and possum control over a 650 ha core area.

In partnership with Te Puna Korowai Rahui o Puketi/Omahuta and the Department of Conservation, the Trust  is about to expand its pest control network at landscape scale across Puketi/Omahuta to protect priority taonga species including bats, kiwi, kokako, NI robin, kauri snail, Dactylanthus and Davallia.

The project involves employing and training a team of pest control operators who will install and service a network of traps and bait stations to cover the remainder of Puketi/Omahuta.  The project has a dual focus on biodiversity enhancement and skills development in the local community, building capacity in pest control, pest monitoring, species management work, and business capability.  The team will operate from premises near the forest, north of Okaihau.

About the Role:

The project administrator will report directly to the project manager to provide a range of administrative support for the Trust’s work.  Tasks and responsibilities will include accounting, payroll, employment records, public relations, event organising, fund raising, and secretarial services.

What we are looking for:


  • Clear and effective communication in written and spoken English.
  • Competent with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and small business accounting software.
  • Experienced in book keeping and employment administration.


  • Keen interest in conservation and ecosystem protection.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Self-organised and able to multi-task.
  • Experience in a communications or public relations role would be an advantage.

A detailed job description can be obtained here.

What’s in it for you?

A competitive salary commensurate with the role and the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

A supportive and collaborative working environment, you will be working with a great team delivering effective solutions to improve Northland’s biodiversity.

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role, its work context and your personal work preferences. We try to balance the needs of the Team and you.


Please apply by email to with a CV and covering letter describing how you meet the requirements above, or phone Gary at 0211704165.

To apply for this position you must be a NZ citizen/resident or hold a valid NZ work visa.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 30 August 2021