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Senior Adviser, One Billion Trees Rangapū /Partnerships

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Job Description

  • Work in partnership with organisations, trusts and landowners who want to contribute to the goal of planting one billion trees by 2028
  • Varied and unique role in our growing and evolving ngahere/forestry sector
  • Two-year fixed term Northland based position with flexible working options available

Support applicants through the One Billion Trees Rangapū/Partnership funding application process.  Fast-paced and varied work in diverse working environment!

About the Role

This role is not for the faint hearted as no two days will be the same.  You will be involved in a range of projects as you support our rāngapu/partnership applicants through the One Billion Trees funding application process – from discussing concepts through assessment, approval (or decline), contracting and monitoring processes.

The projects you work on will either support or deliver the successful planting of trees – both native and exotic – to meet the One Billion Trees targets.

Core responsibilities for the role:

  • Support the allocation of One Billion Trees Rāngapu/Partnership funding through all stages of the application process.
  • Provide and clarify information to a range of industry advisers around the funding options available.
  • Manage a diverse range of enquiries, expressions of interest and applications.
  • Represent Te Uru Rākau in a range of public forums – from the woolshed to the boardroom.
  • Support wider Sector understanding of One Billion Trees funding and develop and maintain effective relationships with funding partners.

Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role you will demonstrate exceptional relationship management skills, be a self-starter with high level influencing skills.  You will be a good writer who is politically savvy and proactive with the get-up-and-go to pick up a work programme and run with it. 

To be credible in this role you will also offer:

  • A tertiary qualification in resource management, economics, law, agriculture, horticulture, biological sciences; or in a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in project delivery and strong understanding of programme management principles.
  • Demonstrate working with Māori landowners and communities within a kaupapa Māori environment.
  • Strong skills in community and stakeholder engagement and experience in commercial negotiation.

There will be some domestic travel involved and a lot of relationship building – with our current recipients, with prospective applicants, and with colleagues in Te Uru Rākau as well as across our wider MPI teams.  These teams include advisers in regional economic development, Māori policy, investments and funding, policy development, skills development and science – each of which will be relevant to many of our applications.

About Te Uru Rākau

Ngahere /Forestry is one of our country's most successful primary industries. Te Uru Rākau, a branch within the Ministry for Primary Industries, builds on this success to create a sustainable and innovative forestry sector that continues to grow and adapt.  Join our dynamic and diverse Te Uru Rākau team who all share the common goal of improving the social, environmental and economic outcomes for New Zealand.

To find out more about MPI and what we do please click here.  To find out about Te Uru Rākau please visit our web site at

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Benefits of working at MPI include:

  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Flexible working - we support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible
  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Free annual flu vaccination
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses/frames

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How to Apply │ Me pēhea te tuku tono

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Haidee Wynands, Recruitment Adviser, on

Applications close 26 June 2019

The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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