Kai Ika Operations Lead

August 10, 2021 Apply Now

Love the ocean? Want to be part of an organisation committed to restoring fish abundance and giving the next generation a fair go? Are you community focused and want to play a role in bringing people together through the most fundamental element; FOOD.

About us:
The Kai Ika Project is a non-profit initiative. Our mission is to minimise our impact on the marine environment through better utilisation of our natural resources. We encourage giving respect to each and every fish harvested and ensure no part of the fish is wasted.

This kaupapa [project] is a partnership. Alongside LegaSea, and Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae we are proud to have the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland (OBC) and Westhaven Marina, in this adventure.

We collect previously unwanted kai moana (namely fish heads and frames) and share them with communities who enjoy eating them. So far, we have successfully redirected over 150,000kg of fish heads and frames which would otherwise be wasted into the homes and bellies of people who appreciate them.

Our fish filleting service plays a vital role in our ability to promote sustainability whilst allowing us to recover more fish and feed more whanau. We have a purpose-built fish filleting trailer at Westhaven Z Pier, we fillet at OBC on weekends and our new events filleting trailer will travel outside of Auckland.

The role:
We are looking for someone to join our team to help us manage this rapidly growing initiative. As the Operations Leading Hand, you will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operations and logistics. This includes managing the roster across multiple fish filleting sites, coordinating kai moana pickups and distribution, community engagement and general data entry.

Working with the support and guidance of a dedicated team, the purpose of this position is to plan, prepare and execute daily operations and use your problem solving skills to overcome any obstacles that appear.

This position requires you to be able to lead by example. You must be willing to get your hands dirty when required with fish processing, kai moana collections and community distribution.

While this is a full time role, hours do vary between weekdays and weekends. Hours will be usually concentrated between Wednesday – Sunday (weather dependent). Duties may vary across multiple locations as well as in the office.

We are looking for someone who is reliable, humble and generous. Over time, you will develop ongoing relationships with many of our regular customers, partners and stakeholders.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
– Rostering
– Cash handling
– Team management
– Good quality communications
– General data entry
– Logistics management
– Fishing charter skipper engagement

Problem-solving skills are necessary for success in this important role. You need to be self-motivated, taking ownership and acting decisively to solve problems. Although this role is highly autonomous, communications with your team and support staff is paramount.

What we offer you:
– Training in fish processing
– A work phone
– Use of the company vehicle and fuel card
– An outlet for your creative potential
– Unique bunch of team mates
– The chance to be involved with something meaningful and worthwhile

Highly desirable attributes:
– Te Reo Maori competency
– Photo and videography skills
– A good bugger
– A keen fisho

Are you wanting to make a difference and wake up everyday with purpose?
We want to hear from you!

If you have any questions and want to chat about this position please contact Dallas.
[email protected] – 02108450461

Applications close: 20 September 2021

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