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Sustainable Queenstown Trustee

Sustainable Queenstown is an independent, not-for-profit charitable trust formed in 2018 with the vision of being a go-to sustainable heart in the Queenstown Lakes which celebrates, activates and educates our community every day.

We share passion for our place and to create positive environmental change. Our team wakes up to inspire and celebrate ideas that enable our community to enjoy a more sustainable place to live, work and play.

We do this through our monthly Green Drinks events, collaborating with others in our community, spearheading initiatives to reduce waste, working with local businesses to take positive climate action and identifying gaps we can fill with support, awareness, connection and education.
There is an opportunity for us to expand our board of trustees and we need experienced, passionate locals who want to make a real difference in our community.

We embrace diversity and are committed to an inclusive and respectful organisation where everyone is valued for their unique contribution. We do not discriminate against any trustee, contractor, volunteer or applicant because of colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

If you fit the description, we’d love to hear from you. Send an email or cover letter describing:

  • Why you are suitable for the trustee role;
  • How and why you are passionate about environmental sustainability;
  • What you believe Queenstown’s top three environmental sustainability challenges are.

Send your email / letter, along with a brief CV, to sustainable.queenstown@gmail.com before the closing date of 7 August 2022.


We’re looking for a trustee who:

  • Has a background working in a climate change or sustainability related field.
  • Has governance experience or comes from a commercial background with transferable skills (leadership, projects, financial and business knowledge etc)
  • Is willing and able to get involved at an operational level with our projects, initiatives and events
  • Is passionate about the future of the Queenstown Lakes environment and community
  • Is self-motivated, thinks outside the box and is guided by global and local climate science

We want you to bring your passion and expertise from a climate/sustainability or similar background to help guide the board in both strategic and operational decision making. Your technical knowledge will be integral to informed decision making. You will also use your experience and knowledge in this area to help the board finalise our 12 month action plan at a tactical level.

Time commitment

  • The board of trustees meets every other month on the fourth Wednesday evening in Frankton. Meetings usually last 2 – 3 hours
  • Trustees are expected to attend all meetings, read the agenda and any supporting papers before the meeting, and complete follow-up tasks in a timely manner
  • Outside of board meetings, trustees are expected to allow around six hours per month for project work and tasks, with some additional hours for ad hoc tasks, events or supporting Green Drinks
  • All trustees are volunteers

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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