Resilient Catchments Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Hamilton, New Zealand 🇳🇿


Hamilton, New Zealand

This role will be based in the Waikato, ideally Hamilton. This is a fixed term role for three years.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. 

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.


The Resilient Catchments Project Manager, will lead implementation of a three-year program to develop, build and implement Aotearoa New Zealand’s first ever Resilient Catchment Fund.  This will involve adapting TNC’s proven Water Fund approach to suit the Aotearoa New Zealand and Waikato context.  Key to this is partnering with Iwi, government, business and local communities to develop the program in a way that delivers on aspirations and complements and enhances existing freshwater conservation initiatives in the region. The goal is integrated catchment management in the Waikato at a scale greater than ever before, building a future where people and nature thrive. 


The Resilient Catchments Project Manager will lead development of the Waikato Resilient Catchment Fund – a collective action platform, funding and governance mechanism – that will deliver improved climate and biodiversity outcomes in the Waikato Catchment through improved land management practices and approaches delivering improved water quality and quantity in the Waikato River.  Working with Waikato-Tainui Iwi, they will co-design and adapt the international Water Fund approach to an Aotearoa New Zealand context, and lead the design and creation phases of the Waikato Resilient Catchment Fund. They will work closely with a broad range of parties, including Iwi, funders, government departments, corporate businesses, and TNC staff globally and in New Zealand, to manage all phases of this initiative.


  • Develop the Waikato Resilient Catchment Fund
  • Organize, manage and coordinate waananga, workshops and meetings with partners and stakeholders
  • Engage and regularly communicate with partners and stakeholders
  • Manage a budget, and contracts, to complete a project, minimize expenses, and meet quality standards
  • Work in a fast-paced environment and manage deadlines.  Act independently on assigned tasks and will have full opportunity to direct individual components of the project
  • Travel and work flexible hours, as needed
  • Work performed in a general office setting and possibly outdoor settings with some exposure to disagreeable elements; work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical strain
  • Financial responsibility includes purchasing, processing invoices and transfers, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and participating in budget preparation
  • Work may not always fall under established practices and guidelines
  • Work within scope of the project’s strategic goals


  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Environment, Conservation, Conservation Finance or related field and 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination
  • Experience managing business relationships such as donors, partners, members
  • Experience in Te Ao Māori worldview and incorporate Mātauranga Māori into the work program
  • Experience with communication skills – experience disseminating information effectively using a range of verbal and written approaches 
  • Experience working in cross-cultural situations, including comfortably engaging and working in partnership with Iwi and tangata whenua
  • Experience coordinating, managing and implementing multiple components of a program of work
  • Experience in strategic thinking
  • Experience with uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Experience with time management and organizational skills and attention to detail


  • Ability to work in a team-based environment with internal and external partners
  • Experience with adaptive management / conservation standards and / or ability to gain and explain this
  • Fluency in Te Reo Māori and familiarity with Tikanga Māori would be valuable in this role
  • Experience interpreting guidelines to achieve desired results
  • Ability to coordinate information from a number of sources 


To apply for job ID 50740, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST (5:59 PM NZT) on 14 January 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to [email protected] with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.