We are seeking a community coordinator to support residents, community stakeholders and volunteers to carry out backyard trapping in our pilot suburbs.

This contract would help achieve our vision to create a vibrant City Sanctuary for wildlife to thrive by helping to support community-led predator control in backyards and reserves throughout Dunedin’s city and urban areas.

Photo by Craig McKenzie

Position type

Temporary contract for a 12-month period with the opportunity to renew.

Contractor rate

$35 per hour (GST exclusive)


37.5 hours per week



Project description

Help create a vibrant City Sanctuary for wildlife to thrive by helping to support community-led predator control in backyards and reserves throughout Dunedin’s city and urban areas.

City Sanctuary is one of three Predator Free Dunedin projects, connecting the two existing projects happening to the North of Dunedin and on the Otago Peninsula. Together, we are working towards creating a predator free Dunedin by 2050.

Our vision is to create a vibrant City Sanctuary for Dunedin where wildlife can thrive and where communities are empowered to protect native biodiversity. We want Dunedin to be the first city to fully embrace and normalise community-led, city-wide predator control in backyards and on public reserves.

Our core goals are to:

  • Enable residents and communities to lead predator control on public land.
  • Support communities and residents with backyard predator control, sustaining their actions and reporting outcomes.
  • Inspire residents and communities to take further action to protect and restore Dunedin’s natural heritage.

City Sanctuary includes 8,349 hectares across Dunedin’s city and urban areas, extending from North East Valley to South Dunedin to Brighton and Chain Hills. Over the next few years we will be focused on encouraging backyard trapping across thirteen pilot and priority suburb s, as well as establishing trap networks throughout ten priority reserves.

Our three pilot suburbs include Caversham, Maori Hill and North Dunedin where we will provide hands-on support for communities to establish backyard trapping in their neighbourhoods for a 1 year period. This will allow us to better understand community motivations to participate in predator control and the effectiveness of different predator control methods while also reducing predator numbers and monitoring ecological outcomes.

We are seeking a friendly and outgoing team member to assist with this mahi by supporting residents and communities to carry out backyard trapping in our pilot suburbs.

Role Description

We are seeking a community coordinator to support residents, community stakeholders and volunteers to carry out community-led backyard trapping in our pilot suburbs.

Our ideal candidate is naturally charismatic and able to get on with a diverse range of people and communities. You are confident talking with people about conservation in a way that’s accessible and speaks to people’s values. You're an organised, well-practiced multi-tasker who has no trouble meeting the needs of communities and ensuring the project’s key milestones are met. You see change as an opportunity to think creatively and are quick to troubleshoot.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds. Although qualifications and experience in conservation and/or community engagement are preferred, we would be willing to support the right person to learn and develop their skills in this field.


  • Knowledge of and passion for Aotearoa/New Zealand’s native flora and fauna, conservation and key community conservation efforts in the Dunedin area. A background or experience (paid or voluntary) in conservation, specifically predator control, would be ideal but isn’t required.
  • Knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements.


  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field (such as environmental science, zoology, communications, social science, marketing or education) would be ideal.
  • A current full drivers license is essential.


  • Demonstrated experience (paid or voluntary) in community engagement or support.
  • Customer-focused work experience in the retail, hospitality or tourism sector would be an advantage.


  • Excellent facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Confident with public speaking.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and adapt to challenges as they arise.
  • Ability to lead, train, supervise and motivate people.
  • Can work well independently and with others.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


  • Ability to relate to a wide range of people.
  • Enjoys working with others while also able to work independently.
  • Comfortable working in the outdoors.
  • Displays honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, and energy and is pragmatic and adaptable.
  • Values and respects other people’s contributions, work pressures and responsibilities.
  • Quick learner who is willing to take on new skills.
  • Willingness to work outside traditional work hours as reasonably required.
  • Big picture thinker who likes to work in a dynamic environment.


  • Manage and implement the pilot site audience assessments (surveying).
  • Organise and deliver community engagement events such as information sessions, technical talks and training workshops.
  • Support community members and groups to carry out predator monitoring and trapping in their backyards.
  • Ensure volunteers and backyard trappers are following standard operating procedures, best practice guidelines and health and safety practices
  • Recruit, train and support community volunteers.
  • Assist communities to monitor the success of their trapping initiatives via pest and outcome monitoring initiatives.
  • Create stories and resources with the City Sanctuary Community Engagement Facilitator.
  • Manage the volunteer database and trap catch records.

Key outputs

  • In collaboration with the wider City Sanctuary team, your key outputs would include:
  • 1 in 10 households in the North Dunedin pilot site have completed their three rounds of community assessment survey by 30th November 2021.
  • 1 in 10 households in Maori Hill have completed the City Sanctuary three rounds of community assessment survey by the 1st June 2021.
  • 1 in 10 households are actively trapping in Maori Hill by 30th December 2020.
  • 1 in 10 households actively are trapping in North Dunedin by 30th June 2021.

Key Relationships

Within City Sanctuary:
  • Reporting to the City Sanctuary, Operations Supervisor
  • Working collaboratively with the City Sanctuary, Community Engagement Facilitator
Outside of City Sanctuary:
  • Pilot site stakeholders such as businesses, recreational groups and special interest groups
  • Pilot site residents
  • Dunedin City Council
  • Department of Conservation
  • Predator Free Dunedin Delivery Partners
  • City Sanctuary project stakeholders


Accountability area Activities Performance indicators

Support and empower community leaders to have ownership of their community trapping initiatives.

Excite and empower residents to backyard trap and carry out other complementary environmental actions.

Identify and provide recommendations to break barriers to backyard trapping.

Community leaders feel confident to support local residents to continue with backyard trapping.

Communities have a closer connection with local conservation initiatives.

1/10 pilot site residents are actively participating in. backyard trapping and complementary environmental initiatives.

Pilot surveys are completed and recommendations provided.


Collaborate with key community stakeholders to assist with the deployment of backyard traps and complementary initiatives.

Collaborate with key City Sanctuary stakeholders and contractors to assist with the delivery of training and upskilling events.

Build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with community leaders and stakeholders to help achieve the programme’s vision and goals.

Promote, empower and excite pilot site communities in the delivery of the programme’s vision and goals.

Work with the Community Engagement Facilitator to ensure community trapping resources are effective.

Support the delivery of pest monitoring and ecological outcome monitoring.

Stakeholders are directly supporting the objectives of City Sanctuary.

Organised events provide effective and rewarding training opportunities for backyard trappers and community leaders.

Community leaders and stakeholders are ready to continue a backyard trapping initiative at the end of the annual pilot site trials.

Pilot site residents continue to actively trap and conduct complementary environmental actions at the end of the annual pilot site trials.

Communities are provided with up-to-date and easy to use resources that allow them to trap and monitor effectively.

Pilot site residents are participating in backyard pest and ecological outcome monitoring activities.


Facilitate the development and delivery of training and support of pilot site volunteers and backyard trappers.

Facilitate the delivery of backyard trapping

Volunteers and backyard trappers are skilled and competent at backyard trapping.

1/10 households are actively backyard trapping by the end of the one year pilot site trials.


Provide advice and feedback on best practice documents and systems.

Report on pilot site progress, volunteer efforts and backyard trapping efforts.

Actively review work delivery models and provide feedback to the Operations Supervisor.

Display good team member behaviours Contribute to an inclusive, trusting and respectful team environment .

Abide by City Sanctuary’s relevant standard operating procedures (SOP).

Work collaboratively with other teams across the three Predator Free Dunedin projects and contribute effectively to cross-functional teams

Contributions are provided to the City Sanctuary team on best practice documents and systems.

Progress reports are provided in a timely manner.

Work delivery methods are constantly reviewed and adaptations are adopted.

A strong team culture is formed within the City Sanctuary team.

All City Sanctuary SOPS are followed.

Health and safety

Take all practicable steps to ensure your own safety and the safety of others.

Champion, support, implement and adhere to H&S policies and procedures, in collaboration with the City Sanctuary team and wider volunteer group.

Promote a safe and environmentally sound working environment and a culture of safe and responsible behaviours and attitudes, ensuring safety.

Contribute to the identification and minimisation of organisational risks and compliance issues.

The safety of yourself and others has been ensured. Incidents and accidents have been reported through the appropriate channels.

Health and safety culture is woven throughout everyday tasks.

Health and safety is promoted as good practice to backyard trappers and volunteers.

Health and safety concerns are reported to the Operation Supervisor.

Work management and delivery

Complete all tasks and responsibilities in accordance with your agreed work plan.

Provide project progress updates in advance of report due dates.

Participate in work planning with the City Sanctuary team.

Tasks are delivered by the agreed time.

Progress reports are provided when required.

Participation is frequent at City Sanctuary work planning meetings.

How to apply

  • Please send a copy of your cover letter and a brief CV to info@citysanctuary.nz.
  • Please include two referees with your application.
  • Applications will close at 5pm on the 23rd October 2020

Additional information

  • Interviews will be conducted on the week of the 2nd of November, 2020.
  • A weighted process will be applied to ensure all candidates have a fair and equal chance of being awarded the contract.
  • Weighting will be based on the desired attributes and skills listed in the job description.
  • As this is a contracted role to the Dunedin City Council, we will expect the successful applicant to hold the appropriate level of insurance required.