Jobs for Nature to Professional Services

What is Jobs for Nature?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Zealand Government established the $1.219 billion Jobs for Nature programme in 2020 to support a greener recovery for Aotearoa New Zealand.

The four-year programme brought thousands of people into nature-based employment, benefiting te taiao (the environment) and New Zealand’s communities.

Professional Restoration Services

From early 2024 our field workers will transition from the Jobs for Nature programme to our own professional services programme.  

If you are interested in using these services please contact Peter Joyce on 329 6662, 027 3330945 or pj****@xt**.nz

The per person cost is $60/hr or $450 a day. Prices may be reduced for large or ongoing projects. 

Our services will include: 

  • native planting
  • planting site preparation
  • planting site maintenance
  • exotic weed and tree control
  • predator control
  • track building and maintenance
  • related activities that enhance native biodiversity.

Dedicated restoration field workers

Te Ara Kākāriki received Department of Conservation Jobs for Nature funding for three years which will be complete in July 2024. This project involves the employment of four restoration field workers to restore and establish Greendots, creating valuable and much needed biodiversity havens in the Selwyn District. 

Their work includes site preparation, planting and maintenance of over 70,000 new plants as well as pest control, fencing, community engagement and building infrastructure. 

The team will focus on the creation of two large legacy sites as well as contributing to a number of smaller Greendot sites in the Tai Tapu-Ōtāhuna Biodiversity Cluster.

Te Ara Kākāriki Restoration Field Workers
Ōkakaraiti viewed from the top of the moraine


Our legacy site Ōkakaraiti is about 800 metres northeast of State Highway 73 in Springfield, and this land has generously been shared with the community by the landowners. A naming dedication event was held for each site before planting began, attended by representatives from Ngāi Tahu, landowners, the Te Ara Kākāriki team, and supporters of the projects. 

Legacy sites are significantly larger areas than our regular Greendots and will increase biodiversity by providing a more diverse habitat for native wildlife. These sites will also help to connect our smaller Greendots and become key steppingstones in the Greenway. 

Te Pae O Ahuriri

Te Pae O Ahuriri is our lower catchment legacy site, located alongside the Little River Rail Trail and the Huritini/Halswell River in Lincoln, and very close to the reconstructed wetland project Whakaora Te Ahuriri.

Our restoration field workers will carry out site preparation, planting and maintenance of 70,000 plants over all three projects, as well as pest control, fencing, community engagement, track building and building minor infrastructure. They will also contribute to a number of our smaller Greendot sites in the Tai Tapu-Ōtāhuna Biodiversity Cluster.

Te Pae O Ahuriri
Our 2023 field worker team planting in Ōtahuna

Tai Tapu - Ōtāhuna Biodiversity Cluster

The Ōtāhuna Biodiversity Cluster is defined as the area between Gerkins Road, Early Valley Road, Christchurch-Akaroa highway and the Summit Road. It is a hotspot of community initiatives working
together to maintain and increase pockets of habitat, both on public and private land and creates valuable ecological connections with Te Kākahu Kahukura, a Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust project to restore and revegetate four 1,000 hectare Southern Port Hills areas back to indigenous forest.  

Our field restoration team will assist 20 landowners in Ōtāhuna with a variety of tasks aimed at establishing and protecting a healthy cluster of Greendots in the area.

Do you have land for a future legacy site?

If you own land that you would consider setting aside for a large restoration project, we would love to hear from you. When funding becomes available we want to be ready to act, and turn your land into another legacy site.  Large legacy sites become future biodiversity assets for the community, providing volunteering and educational opportunities.