Work for us

WWF-New Zealand staff work on programmes across New Zealand and the Pacific, acting locally and working globally as part of the WWF International network.

As a leading independent conservation organisation, we have an important job to do to reverse the loss of biodiversity and restore nature. Working together with our colleagues, partners, and incredible supporters to secure a future where both people and nature thrive.

Our staff are passionate and committed to protecting our precious species and places. Everyone plays their part in helping us fight for our world – whether they lead scientific research and conservation initiatives, campaign and influence policy or secure funding and engage supporters. 

We celebrate and respect diversity in nature and among our people. 

Our values

  • Courage: We demonstrate courage through our actions, we work for change where it’s needed, and we inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.
  • Integrity: We live the principles we call on others to meet. We act with integrity, accountability, and transparency, and we rely on facts and science to guide us and to ensure we learn and evolve.
  • Respect: We honour the voices and knowledge of the people and communities that we serve, and we work to secure their rights to a sustainable future. 
  • Collaboration: We deliver impact at the scale of the challenges we face through the power of collective action and innovation

Current vacancies

Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Apply your strategic partnership capabilities to help WWF-New Zealand achieve financial sustainability and deliver tangible, positive conservation impact by working with others.

Join one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organisations.
Contribute to our work to advocate for and deliver transformational change for people and nature.
Enjoy collaborating within a tight-knit team and more broadly across the conservation sector. 
WWF's global vision is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-New Zealand is part of the WWF International Network, the world's leading, independent conservation organisation. We are active in over 100 countries and have close to 5 million supporters internationally. In Aotearoa New Zealand and throughout Oceania, we work with governments, businesses and communities so that people and nature can thrive.

WWF-New Zealand has ambitious targets for ocean conservation, climate action, and biodiversity restoration in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond – including reaching the new global target of 30% marine protection by 2030. We believe this is best achieved through the application of both science and mātauranga, and that iwi and hapū are well placed to lead these projects as kaitiaki. 

The world is changing fast. Our wildlife and wild places face unprecedented challenges. We know that we can achieve more by partnering, sharing, empowering communities, forming alliances and building a movement for the environment. Working together is the answer. It is our goal to bring about this unified voice for nature.

About the role

The Manager, Strategic Partnerships role exists to aid the delivery of WWF-New Zealand’s strategic direction - both by supporting the organisation’s financial sustainability goals, and by achieving tangible, positive conservation impact through partnerships.

This role will suit a well-organised, resourceful self-starter who has a strong track record of building and managing relationships with diverse stakeholders (including corporate partners and tangata whenua), and seeing ideas through to completion. Ideally you should have a demonstrated interest in conservation and environmental issues, and at least a basic understanding of te reo and te ao Māori - or a clear commitment to learn. Experience in corporate partnerships and/or in major donor engagement would be a strong advantage.

What you will do

Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Strategic Partnerships Manager is responsible for securing, developing and managing all strategic partnership and major donor opportunities for WWF-New Zealand.

Applications close 1 October

5pm, Sunday

Volunteering and Internships

Unfortunately, we do not currently run a volunteer or intern programme.

You may be like to check out the internships offered by The Ministry for the Environment and NIWA and the opportunities at Conservation Volunteers.