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

Healthy Homes Advisor – Part-time, Fixed Term (12 months)

We are looking for a Healthy Homes Advisor to join our Homes Initiatives Team. In this role, you will perform in-home visits to support people to improve the energy efficiency of their home. In addition, you will be hosting 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 successful applicant will have:

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

Please note there is some weekend work involved in this role, so you must be available to work the occasional weekend day.

For more information and a full job description, see here.


Please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected]. Applications will be evaluated as they come in.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Communications & Marketing Junior Specialist

We’re looking for a digitally savvy creative thinker to join our Communications, Marketing and Events team. You’ll be someone who is solution-focused with a good eye for detail. This role is a junior position in our team, so would suit someone with a keen interest in sustainability communications and marketing, who is looking for a start in their career or looking to return to work. 

The role is for 12 hours per week and is fixed term until 30 January 2024. There is flexibility on which days and hours are worked, and an expectation that at least 50% of those hours are office-based at our New Lynn location.

Day to day responsibilities will include assisting our team with:

  • Developing content and managing updates for our websites and social media accounts, including acknowledging/responding to customer enquiries and community conversations.
  • Working with people across the organisation to develop and implement communications and marketing plans to promote the organisation and its programmes and events, including developing collateral and content.


Please send your cover letter, including where you saw this job advertised and your CV to [email protected] by Wednesday 2 August. We will be considering applications as they come in, so don’t delay.

Community Bike Hub Coordinators

We’re expanding our award-winning Bike Hubs during 2023 and we’re looking for Bike Hub Coordinators for a site in 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
We are looking for people who 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. 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 are 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
Please send your CV and cover letter to Lena Fedulova, by email to: [email protected]

There is no formal closing date for these roles so if you are interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we’ll be evaluating applications as they come in.

If you are not able to apply by email, on Wednesdays you can telephone (09) 826 4276 or drop in to 4 Olympic Place, New Lynn and ask for Lena Fedulova, HR and Health and Safety 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.

Join the EcoMatters Environment Trust Board and contribute to a healthy environment and connected community.

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

We’re looking for a trustee to join our board and 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

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.

Find out more, including how to apply, here. Applications close 27 February 2022.

Team Leader – Waste & Food

Fixed Term, One Year Parental Leave Cover

Are you passionate about the environment, know a lot about waste minimisation and have great leadership skills as well as a lot of experience in managing teams?

We are looking for someone to cover parental leave for 1 year, leading our Waste & Food Teams. This would involve managing several projects, as well as delivering and supporting the two teams to deliver EcoMatters’ initiatives.

Find out more, including how to apply, here. Applications close 15 November.

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!

Or 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.

“My experience being an intern at EcoMatters has been fun, challenging, insightful and inspiring.

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.

I have also loved working with the many volunteers that are involved with EcoMatters – it is always fun to meet new people and have some good chats while being out in 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.”