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Human Resources Manager - New Zealand & Melanesia

The Nature Conservancy
  • Location: Location will be in either New Zealand or Australia
  • Status Permanent full-time, Monday to Friday 
  • Salary Range: AUD $ 89,800 per annum to AUD $ 116,100 per annum (commensurate with skills and experience), plus 9.5% superannuation, plus benefits


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organisation, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re grounded in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive remuneration, 9.5% superannuation, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment.  We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Human Resources Manager is responsible for administering and maintaining HR systems, programs, procedures and plans according to HR policies and will provide assistance to all levels of personnel on various HR-related issues within the New Zealand and Melanesia Business Units including the Australia-based Asia Pacific Region Office staff.  Duties are highly confidential and require broad and comprehensive knowledge of TNC’s policies and procedures.  They will keep up-to-date on market trends and best practices in order to improve services. 

Specifically, the Human Resources Manager will:

  • Handle HR administration throughout employee life cycle.
  • Manage personnel files and records, according to policies and local regulations.
  • Manage and oversee local onboarding and orientation.
  • Manage the recruitment and selection processes for New Zealand and Melanesia Business Units and occasionally for the Asia Pacific Region Office.
  • Provide guidance on and ensure implementation of the Performance Partnership processes.
  • Liaise with WO HR Global Benefits team as necessary on locally provided employee benefits.
  • Stay up to date on employment laws for New Zealand and Melanesia and ensure compliance.
  • Assess training needs to apply and monitor training programs.
  • Bridge management and employee relations by addressing demands, grievances or other issues (first tier).
  • Respond to routine employee/management questions and problems based on developing knowledge of aspects applicable to the subject area.               

This position reports to the Human Resources Business Partner, Asia Pacific Region and will be based in either New Zealand or Australia.

Responsibilities & Scope

  • Act independently within broad program goals to prioritise tasks in the absence of specific instructions and exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems;
  • Ensure programmatic commitments, Conservancy policies and procedures, and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance. 
  • Manage projects with several variables, set realistic deadlines, manage a timeline, and ensure accountability.
  • May supervise administrative, professional, and/or volunteer staff, including training and professional development;
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain; and 
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines.


To be successful in the role you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 3 years HR related work experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience responding to HR related questions and problems from employees/management. 
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: database management and spreadsheet software; constructing and producing reports; data input, manipulation and analysis.
  • Experience working with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working in New Zealand and/or Australia.

Desired Qualifications 

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Solid knowledge of word processing, database management, and spreadsheet software, with ability to construct and produce reports, data input, manipulation, and analysis.
  • Broad understanding of fundamental HR concepts, processes, and services.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience monitoring for and ensuring compliance with organisational policy, applicable law and regulation, and HR best practices.
  • Experience working in or with Melanesia.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organisation that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colours, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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