Vacancies at SBN

People and Nature Coordinator – Million Metres

Want to make a real difference to water quality and native biodiversity restoration in New Zealand? We’re looking for someone to step up and enthusiastically lead the delivery of a high quality volunteer engagement programme that reconnects people with nature and their waterways.

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) is a social enterprise made up of businesses, government agencies, and organisations across Aotearoa. One of our key projects is Million Metres, which aims to support communities to restore native forest and wetlands for healthy rivers. Our goal is to support a million metres of waterway restoration by 2026. To do this we help landowners and community groups to create, fundraise for, and deliver their restoration projects. So far, we have worked with 55+ communities up and down the country to restore 58,000 metres of waterway.

This busy, fun and hands-on role reports to the Project Lead Water and needs to confidently engage people and corporates in connecting with their local waterways. We are seeking someone who can make our new ‘Connecting People with Nature’ work area flourish.

Your responsibilities will be to develop and deliver Million Metres’ people and nature programme with the goal of approximately 25+ corporate planting (or weeding) events as well as other promotional, educational and fundraising events.  

To do this role well, you will have event coordinator and/or conservation restoration experience and a passion for working with volunteers. You will have excellent communication and coordination skills and an ability to create systems to track and engage volunteers and ensure their health and safety. You will be a go-getter, happy to work collaboratively with a small team for big outcomes.

We are looking for someone for a fixed term position for one-year that is an enthusiastic, positive and a well organised ‘people’ person. This role requires travel and work on weekends to deliver planting days and other events (especially during the planting season).

If you’re a team player and passionate about supporting local scale conservation restoration all around New Zealand, and care about the role of business in creating a sustainable future, then we’d like to hear from you!

For further details, view the Job Description.

Please apply through Seek.

Applications close 18 March 2020.


If you are interested in joining SBN as an intern, you can complete a speculative internship application form and send it to

At SBN staff and interns work together to help deliver a range of services to members both in person and online.  Members are encouraged to make a contribution towards our four transformation areas by providing expertise, collaborating on projects, participating in events and conferences, or showcasing their work at our annual Awards and other events.

Internships are unpaid voluntary positions.  They are often filled by students who are working towards or have completed an academic course of study and usually have a specific focus to complete a particular task or project.

At SBN you’ll gain knowledge and experience in sustainability from our leading sustainability practitioners and we hope that you will gain both personal and job satisfaction.

If you are interested please fill in this form and email it to