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We have been allocated just over $500 million over the next four years to create nature-based job opportunities for approximately 6,000 people.

This is part of the Government’s $1.245 billion Jobs for Nature programme to help revitalise communities through nature-based employment and stimulate the economy post COVID-19. We are working with other government agencies to deliver this work.

Our work programme

Our Treaty partner is at the heart of our partnership approach to Jobs for Nature programme.

We will create jobs on private land and public conservation land, in predator control, restoring wetlands, regenerative planting and improving tracks, huts and other recreational assets.

The programme includes:

Kaimahi for Nature 

$200 million to work with councils, iwi and local businesses throughout the country to provide nature based jobs both on and off public land, through a regional alliance model. This funding will be targeted towards helping businesses maintain their workforce and do conservation work as they move towards economic recovery.

Kaimahi for Nature.

Restoring Nature

 $154.3 million for ecosystem restoration on public land and private land. DOC will work with the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, NZ Landcare Trust, regional councils, Treaty partners and landholder groups to create jobs in revegetation, pest and weed control, and riparian planting.

As a part of our Restoring Nature funding stream there are two contestable funds targeted at community conservation and private landowners:

  • The Community Conservation Fund ($16 million) is available to create and/or retain jobs in community-led biodiversity restoration projects on public and private land.
  • The Private Land Biodiversity Fund ($18 million) is available for established organisations to lead biodiversity restoration projects on private land that create jobs.

Both funds open 14 January and close 16 February 2021. They are one-off rounds to support the COVID-19 recovery.

Protecting Nature

 $147.5 million for jobs in pest control and eradication, including advancing Predator Free New Zealand and working with iwi to prevent the collapse of North Island forests.

Funding allocation

Much of this funding is already allocated to specific projects and organisations, while other funding is more flexible. We are developing a process for how businesses and organisations can input their proposals for this funding.

More information will be available soon. In the meantime, enquiries can be sent to

Work has begun

We have already shown we can provide jobs in nature for people impacted by COVID-19.

For example, DOC received $3.9 million in March 2020 as part of a redeployment package for forestry workers. We have delivered job opportunities for approximately 340 people employed across about 60 projects with that funding.

There is also substantial new funding for Ministry for the Environment to clean up rivers and restore wetlands, and to Land Information NZ to ramp up pest and weed control on Crown land, in rivers and lakes.

The Ministry for Primary Industries gets an additional $100 million over four years for wilding conifer control and $27 million in new funding for wallaby control and to support landowners in protecting biodiversity, freshwater and improving land use practice.

More information about the Government’s $1.245 billion Jobs for Nature programme.

Jobs for Nature project map

Map showing projects funded by Jobs for Nature.

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