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BDO Client - Gisborne - Gisborne

It’s all about the trees!

Nestled in Ngatapa, 25kms from Gisborne, Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the National Arboretum of New Zealand.  It is one of the region’s premier destinations. We care for a diverse range of northern hemisphere trees and our philosophy is to maintain this as the largest collection of its kind in the southern hemisphere. 

This is an opportunity to join the Eastwoodhill team and continue the great work of Douglas Cook who created this unique asset for Gisborne, New Zealand and all who visit from around the world. 

The role’s primary focus is on the tree collection, to support the education and promotion of Eastwoodhill to the wider community.

We are looking for a self-motivated, confident and adaptable individual who has experience working in an arboretum and taking care of large gardens.  It is important to us that this person has managed mature trees and has some propagation planning experience.

Reporting to the Manager, the successful candidate will be tasked with preserving, maintaining and developing the Arboretum, by implementing the master plan as set by the Board.  They will have access to support and further expertise provided by the Curatorial Advisory Panel.

This is a challenging and varied role for someone who is looking to take on responsibility and make a positive contribution to this special place while building on their career and developing their skills and knowledge. 

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field.
  • Established networks with industry partners.
  • Confidence to speak in public to visitors, groups and stakeholders.
  • An ability to plan, set objectives and meet deadlines.
  • Motivation to work unsupervised and provide leadership to the team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in research.


Eastwoodhill Arboretum is staffed by a lively and passionate group of staff and volunteers who along with the Board work closely together and strive to deliver a world-class experience to all those who visit.

Comfortable accommodation is provided on site with a five bedroom, two bathroom home.  There is a primary school close by located in Ngatapa (yr1-8) and a school bus service into Gisborne for Intermediate and high schools.

For further information about Eastwoodhill Arboretum please visit our website

Applications are asked to include a letter of introduction, an updated CV and a completed employment application which is available from this website.  The job description is also available.

BDO Gisborne are managing the recruitment and questions can be directed to Linda Paulson, HR Consultant via email or 021 2889921


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Applications close 31 May 2018