Jobs For Nature

Strengthening our shared connections to land, water and ecology.

WAI Wānaka has received funding from Sustainable Business Network and the Ministry for Primary Industries to deliver measurable benefits for the environment alongside providing much-needed local employment.

The Upper Clutha community depends upon its natural resources for both economic and wellbeing reasons. The Community Catchment Plan sets out the Environmental and Land Management Challenges for our region, including climate change and pest management.

Planned Jobs for Nature work programmes include

  • Planting and plant maintenance
  • Weed control
  • Pest management
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Carbon planning

All work will be undertaken in a co-ordinated way, linking where possible with existing work on the ground to maximise beneficial environmental outcomes. Current funding supports 20+ full and part time workers, increasing to 30+ from 1 March 2021.

Partnering to Plant

Sustainable Business Network is working in partnership with the Director-General of Conservation to contribute to Kaimahi for Nature by establishing the Partnering to Plant Aotearoa project with partners around the country. WAI Wānaka received funding for 14 full and part time workers between 21 September and 13 November 2020.

Key stakeholders  

Local landowners, catchment groups, ORC, QLDC, Iwi, Department of Conservation, Otago Conservation Board, Lake Wānaka Tourism, WAO, Fish & Game, Forest & Bird, Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, Lincoln University, University of Otago, Alpine Lakes Research and Education Centre, Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust, Ignite Wānaka, Guardian groups, Wānaka Backyard Trapping and many industry, business and community groups.   


Sustainable Business NetworkMinistry for Primary Industries (MPI) /  Otago Regional Council (ORC) 


Jobs for Nature Update 08/04/2021

Latest news: April 8th, 2021

Planting season has begun (albeit somewhat drier than desired) and, as well as getting new plants in the ground, the Jobs for Nature crew is helping out with weed competition around previous plantings – pre-spraying prep and spraying. Rabbit control continues – primarily fence checking, maintenance and a lot of new rabbit netting going on

Jobs for Nature Update 01/03/2021

Latest news: March 5th, 2021

Welcome back to your fortnightly WAI Wānaka Jobs for Nature update! This week we start by introducing our field team, talk about the opportunity to plant non-natives species, and announce the date for our Action Group catch up. This year, WAI Wānaka will be part of the Sustainability Hub ‘Our Place‘ stand at the Wānaka

Jobs for Nature update 16/02/2021

Latest news: February 18th, 2021

Welcome back to your fortnightly WAI Wānaka Jobs for Nature update! This programme is designed to best assist you to achieve your on-farm environmental goals – whether it’s for personal interest, regulatory compliance, or industry accreditation. We understand that pest and weed control is a big element of achieving biodiversity – but the other side of that