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Jobs for Nature (JFN) projects have been suspended under Alert Level 4. Only work that is considered essential should take place at Alert Level 4.
Pest control is only considered essential if there are significant:
- animal welfare concerns
- biological or financial risks if an activity is delayed.
Minimum essential work to maintain the health and quality of plants at a nursery or at a planting site is allowed.
JFN project partners should continue to pay staff during Alert Level 4. Salaries should be based on the weekly hours staff have been contracted to do. For example, if an employee was scheduled to work 20 hours a week, they should be paid for 20 hours a week.
DOC is working to understand options for continued payment of JFN projects and employees where staff are not able to work due to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 and 3 restrictions. In particular, project partners that employ contractors may be unsure if they should pay them with JFN funding under Alert Level restrictions.
Project partners can contact their Delivery Manager if they have any queries about this.
JFN project partners should continue to report on paid hours in Alert Level 4. A ‘paid work-lockdown’ job type has been added to Rataka Taiao to capture this.
Project partners should contact their Delivery Manager if they have any queries about JFN during Alert Level 4.
Project work allowed
Low-risk activities that can be conducted safely and close to home (within an approximate 40 km radius) are permitted, for example checking trap lines, planting and weeding.
Any authorised work must be carried out in line with the requirements of the Alert Level. This includes the use of PPE equipment, social distancing, and contact tracing. Work must be limited to individuals, or small teams that are appropriately distanced.
Project partners can seek advice from their Delivery Manager before conducting work if they are unsure.
The JFN team understands project deliverables will be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The team are currently working to agree a pragmatic approach for this situation, and guidance will be provided as soon as possible.
Jobs for Nature projects can resume in Alert Level 2. Work must be carried out in line with the requirements of Alert Level 2 and public health rules including these rules:
- Contact tracing is mandatory.
- Outside activities can take place with a maximum of 100 workers, who must maintain at least a 1 m distance from each other.
- Any public-facing projects must keep a 2 m distance from person to person and should wear face coverings.
- We encourage workers to wear a face covering when they cannot maintain physical distance from others.
- Project workers can travel to different regions, but they should keep track of who they have been in contact with and practise good hygiene habits.
- If project workers need to cross an Alert Level boundary they must check if they’re eligible before travelling. For example, going from Northland to Waikato via Auckland if Auckland was at a different Alert Level to Northland or Waikato.
The JFN team understands project deliverables will be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The team is currently working to agree a pragmatic approach for this situation, and guidance will be provided as soon as possible.