Come work with us

If you know even a little about EcoMatters, you’ll know that we’re all about doing good mahi (work) for the environment. We’re a community focused charitable trust and find that, while our whānau (family) has a lot in common, we’re all individuals with a colourful range of interests too. There is space here for those who love plants and want to work or volunteer in the nursery to those who want to make an impact in zero waste and everything in between. 

Would you like to join our growing hapori (community) of change-makers? Check our current vacancies or express your interest on our volunteer page.

Job vacancies

    Nature Team Leader

    We’re looking for a Team Leader for our Nature Team, which operates many long-standing pest plant control, stream restoration, fresh water quality programmes in West Auckland.

    This part time role (up to 32 hours a week based at New Lynn) would suit someone looking to move into a leadership role, returning to the workforce or looking to move out of a full time role to achieve a more balanced life. You will manage an established team delivering on long-standing nature projects within west Auckland. You will also work alongside the CEO to identify new opportunities and funding streams to grow the team.

    If you are passionate about the environment, and know a lot (or are open to learning) about stream restoration, fresh water quality and pest plant control, this could be the ideal role for you. We are seeking someone with great leadership skills and previous experience in managing teams, who is confident in engaging with key stakeholders and community. General requirements for the role include:

    • Communication skills, with a high level of written and spoken English
    • Budget planning and delivery
    • Experience in writing funding applications, accountability reports etc
    • Time management and organisational skills
    • Problem resolution and escalation skills, with ability to maintain trust and confidence
    • Cultural sensitivity, awareness and understanding of diversity
    • A current drivers license

    Find out more, including a full position description, here on the Do Good Jobs website.

    To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Jenn Nancarrow by email to [email protected] by Wednesday 1 May.

    Junior Sustainability Advisor – Part-time (14 to 20 hours per week)

    We’re looking for a Junior Sustainability Advisor to join our Homes Initiatives Team. In this entry-level role, you will perform in-home Water Checks to support people to reduce their water usage, as well as host workshops to educate people about dry, warm, and healthy homes.

    The role is fast-paced and requires a warm and friendly, yet professional manner. Your amazing interpersonal skills, energy and enthusiasm will ensure you can work with a wide range of people.

    The role is hybrid, combining house visits across Tāmaki Makaurau, working remote and office hours.

    The successful applicant will have:

    • Previous experience working in or with the community sector
    • The ability to work effectively with initiative, timeliness and accuracy
    • Confidence when speaking to customers, either face-to-face or on the phone
    • Strong administration skills and excellent Microsoft Office Suite skills
    • A willingness to pitch in, as and where needed, adapting to the situation
    • Personal integrity and understands the importance of privacy and confidentiality
    • A full clean drivers license – a fleet vehicle is provided as our work covers the whole of Auckland
    • Practical skills and is able to work with basic tools

    See more about the role here.

    Please send your cover letter, and your CV, to [email protected]. We will be considering applications as they come in, so don’t delay.

    Community Bike Hub Coordinator – Manukau

    We’re looking for a Bike Hub Coordinator for a new site coming soon to Manukau.

    About the Bike Hubs
    Our Bike Hubs offer our visitors free help and advice with bike maintenance and repairs – this role is all about working alongside our visitors to teach them these skills. We sell used bikes, which have been donated, repaired and safety checked, as well as new and used bike parts and accessories. We also offer maps, route guidance, safe cycling advice and connections to other local organisations and businesses that can help with cycling advice and support. Our sites are generally open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Find out more about our Bike Hubs here or watch a video about the Bike Hubs here.

    Skills for this role
    If you love to interact with a wide range of people, have an interest in bikes, a practical and hands-on attitude, and would enjoy helping others get started with cycling, this would be a great role. You don’t need extensive knowledge or experience in bike mechanics. We’ll teach you all you need to know about the basic maintenance skills needed.

    Role requirements
    You’ll need to commit to working during our usual opening hours, which are Thursday to Sunday, from 10am to 2pm. We are also open to applications from people who could commit to working at least one day each weekend, excluding leave. During weekends, you’ll be supported by an assistant and work alongside our fabulous volunteers as well. There are some additional administration hours which can be managed flexibly. Key aspects of the role:

    • Responsibility for day to day running of the site (opening/closing/daily set-up)
    • Helping customers with basic bike repairs/maintenance and general cycling advice
    • Sale of used bikes and parts
    • Repairs and safety checks on donated bike
    • Supervising other staff and volunteers

    How to apply
    For more information, or to apply with your CV and cover letter, please contact Jenn Nancarrow by email: [email protected]. Or call (09) 826 4276 on a Wednesday and ask to speak with Jenn Nancarrow, HR and H&S Coordinator.

    Canvassing Staff – Food Scraps Roll Out

    South Auckland (Manukau) 

    EcoMatters is looking for Community Engagement Advisors to provide face-to-face advice and to educate householders (by door knocking and talking to people in public spaces) about the new Food Scraps (Rukenga Kai) service that is rolling out across urban Auckland in 2023. 

    We are now seeking canvassers who are based in South Auckland and know the area well.

    We are looking for the following:

    • available up to to 20 hours per week
    • ideal shifts availability – Weekdays 2pm-7pm and weekends
    • happy to talk to people at large public events 
    • happy to talk to people at public spaces e.g outside shopping areas, sports grounds, community events, schools
    • people who don’t mind wearing a food fairy costume. It’s a fun outfit of all genders. 
    • able to carry a food scraps bin
    • will do some door knocking work in pairs on selected streets

    You will need:

    • must have a working smartphone (remuneration of $15.00 per month for your mobile plan)
    • must have a reliable vehicle you are able to drive to location – car reimbursement at IRD rate (0.83) per Km. Your travel time is not paid for.
    • must be happy starting a conversation with people – extroverts will love it!
    • must be comfortable walking and being on your feet. 

    You will be employed as an EcoMatters employee with a casual employment agreement until 22 December 2023 and paid fortnightly. Full training will be given. $26 per hour including 8% holiday pay.

    Please email an expression of interest to [email protected] 

    We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we’ll be evaluating applications as they come in.

    We don’t have job vacancies at the moment, but if you would like to work with us here at EcoMatters we recommend checking this page regularly – you never know what’s around the corner!

    If you think volunteering might just be your gig and you have some time to offer, find out more at Volunteer.


    Are you a student looking to grow your experience and understanding of sustainable practices and initiatives in the community? Then we’d love to hear from you.

    We take in interns all year round and we suggest you express your interest well ahead of coming aboard so there’s a much greater chance of giving you a placement. Simply email [email protected] and we’ll be in touch. 

    An inspiring intern experience

    Emma was an intern with us in late 2021. She worked with our Nature team and here’s what she had to say about her experience.

    “The team at EcoMatters are all so passionate about the mahi they do. I have been fortunate enough to spend the last 3 months working with Hope Teaching Garden and the Nature team.

    I have been able to apply key theories from my Environmental Science degree and finally get some hands-on, real-life experience out in the field. It has given me a clearer idea of this industry and how we as humans can help to navigate complex environmental issues by working with, not against nature.

    For anyone who would like to spend their time learning from fun, knowledgeable and passionate people, I would definitely recommend doing the internship program at EcoMatters.”

    Join our Board of Trustees

    Contribute to a healthier environment and more connected community

    Are you engaged and empathetic, with your finger on the pulse of sustainable stewardship? The EcoMatters Board would like to hear from potential new trustees to help further the organisation’s aims of connecting people and place and nurturing kaitiakitanga.

    Our trustees support the organisation in:

    • providing governance oversight of EcoMatters operations and financial management
    • building influence across the environmental stewardship ecosystem
    • setting strategic direction and priorities
    • providing leadership, empathy and connections
    • bringing creativity, critical thinking and an innovative approach to environmental and social responsibility.

    Responsibilities include:

    • representing EcoMatters to stakeholders and acting as an ambassador for the organisation
    • leveraging strategic relationships with funders, partners, and other stakeholders to add value to the organisation and support the achievement of its vision, mission and purpose
    • contributing to and modeling a culture of learning and development
    • reviewing the agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.

    The board is committed to driving a culture that values diverse thinking and inclusion. We particularly encourage applications from a broad range of ethnicities, younger members of the community, and individuals with a disability. All applicants welcome, and prior board experience is not a prerequisite.

    Board terms
    Location: Auckland
    Remuneration: This is a voluntary position, however an honorarium will be paid to cover board related costs such as meeting expenses and board development training.
    Time commitment: Between two to four hours per month

    Express your interest
    Please send your CV and cover letter outlining relevant experience to [email protected]
    We are keen to hear from applicants at any time.