Jobs for Nature

Jobs for Nature is a $1.245 billion programme that manages funding across several government agencies. It is to benefit the environment, people, and the regions and will run until 2024. Find out about the programme and the Ministry for Primary Industries' involvement.

The purpose of Jobs for Nature

  • Provide up to 11,000 jobs and economic support for people and communities in New Zealand, while ensuring environmental benefits.
  • Get money and support as quickly as possible to people and communities to assist the COVID-19 recovery. 

The funds will be used to:

  • improve freshwater (for example, fence waterways, water reticulation, and riparian management)
  • improve biosecurity (for example, weed and pest control) 
  • enhance biodiversity on public and private land (for example, by planting native species).

Jobs for Nature programmes run by MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has funding from the programme for:

Controlling wilding conifers

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme aims to contain or eradicate all wilding pine infestations by 2030. Before the programme started in 2016, wilding pines were invading the equivalent of 9 high country stations (90,000 hectares) every year.

Led by Biosecurity New Zealand, the programme is a collaboration between central and local government, landowners, farmers, forestry owners, iwi, researchers, and community trusts.

So far, this programme has covered over 1.5 million hectares throughout the country and protected more than 3 million hectares of New Zealand's most vulnerable landscapes.

Wilding pines projects give workers a lifeline

An Environment Canterbury video shows how an increase in wilding pines projects is providing a lifeline for individuals affected by the COVID-19 economic fallout.


Controlling wallaby numbers

About $27 million has been provided to manage wallabies over the next 4 years.

Through the collective effort of Biosecurity New Zealand (MPI), DOC, regional councils, iwi, Land Information NZ, and farmers we will protect our native ecosystems from invasive wallabies. A joint governance group will agree priority areas for operational work. Regional councils are responsible for delivering and contracting the operational work in the agreed priority areas.


Catchment group projects

The Ministry for Primary Industries has allocated $10 million to catchment group projects as part of the Jobs for Nature Programme.

The projects are located in the Bay of Plenty, Rangitikei, Ellesmere area and across Otago.

They will support:

  • beef and lamb farmers
  • dairy
  • horticulture
  • some Māori land-owners.

They will help with land restoration, wetland protection, restoration of waterways, planting, pest-control, and farm environment plans.

Find out more about the catchment projects

Government ministers issued a media release on 17 July 2020 about the projects.


Other planting and catchment projects

We have allocated $35 million from the One Billion Trees Fund for large-scale planting and catchment initiatives. This funding will provide jobs in communities for the Jobs for Nature Programme.

We are working with other government agencies to identify and progress projects that will:

  • provide employment such as environmental planting at scale
  • support economic recovery and growth such as high-value exotic and native plantations
  • deliver environmental benefits.

Contacts for job seekers and businesses

Find a Job – Ministry of Social Development  

Connected.govt.nz

Opportunity Grows Here

If your business is interested in redeploying staff into environmental projects, contact the Department of Conservation.

Jobs for Nature funding – Department of Conservation

The ministries and agencies delivering Jobs for Nature include:

  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Department of Conservation
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Land Information New Zealand.

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