The Jane Goodall Institute is a global nonprofit focused on inspiring individual action to improve the understanding, welfare and conservation of great apes and to safeguard the planet we all share.
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global nonprofit organisation committed to community-centred conservation and focused on inspiring individual action. The organisation’s mission is based on Dr. Jane Goodall’s belief that the well-being of our world relies on people taking an active interest in all living things.
In 2014 Dr. Jane Goodall’s speaking tour of New Zealand attracted wide public and media interest and it became clear that the time was right to establish a Chapter of the Jane Goodall institute in New Zealand, joining 27 other JGI chapters around the globe.
There are clear reasons why the objectives of the Jane Goodall Institute resonate with New Zealanders, not least because New Zealanders care about and value the natural environment and wildlife, but also because New Zealanders travel widely and have a deep appreciation and awareness of other environments and cultures, as well as international conservation and sustainability challenges.
JGI New Zealand is a registered charity and incorporated society. Although JGI New Zealand is a Chapter of the Global organisation we are entirely reliant on donations, membership, sponsorship and partnership from individuals, organisations and businesses for funding work and programmes.
The leadership of the New Zealand Chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute operate independently but work under the guidance of the Global organisation and in collaberation with other Chapters worldwide.
What we stand for
- We strive to respect, nourish and protect all living things; people, animals and the environment are all interconnected
- We believe that knowledge leads to understanding, and that understanding will encourage us to take action
- We believe that every individual has the ability to make a positive difference
- We believe that flexibility and open-mindedness are essential to enable us to respond to a changing world
- We require integrity and compassion in all that we do and say
Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand exists to inspire and advance the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things. This mission guides our programmes, campaigns and work.
JGI New Zealand believes in empowering young people to act as conservation leaders.
Our programmes and campaigns are guided by our youth leaders, and they engage and inspire others with their actions.
Youth Ambassador - Charlotte Thomas
My name is Charlotte Thomas. I'm 15 years old and I've had a passion for animals and the environment for as long as I can remember. My love for the outdoors comes from my frequent visits to Great Barrier Island where I'm able to immerse myself in New Zealand wildlife. I am very passionate about the bird life of the Hauraki Gulf and getting kids interested in making a difference to the environment.
I would like to see a change in how people are treating the natural environment and what we are doing in order to encourage people to be more involved with conservation in New Zealand.
I look forward to having a positive impact and being a role model for young people so that together we can be the change of that our environment needs.
The Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand seeks team members who are committed to our mission and to our vision of what the world can be when we all stand up to do our part. Working at JGI NZ is not for everyone. It's not a job: it's an all-in commitment to making the world a better place for animals, people and the environment we all share.
We seek exceptional people who have thought about the world around them and are committed to making it a better place. We seek people who are energized by challenges and who like to work hard for the things that inspire them. We seek people who care and who show it in both the quality of their work and the way they relate to their coworkers, our beneficiaries and to nature.
At JGI NZ, you will know that your work will contribute to the protection and understanding of great apes and to inspiring people of all ages to take action to make the world a better place for animals, people and the environment.
Join Our Team
We are currently seeking applicants for these roles:
- Roots & Shoots Education Coordinator
- Roots & Shoots Partnership Coordinator
- Supporter Relations
- Administrative Officer
- And in the near future - Roots & Shoots Regional Coordinators (Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago)
So if you are enthusiastic and reliable find out more about the roles and get in touch!
OUR GLOBAL PRESENCE
There are JGIs making a difference around the world everyday. Our approach as a global conservation organisation has always been community-centred, while working together across sectors, regions and cultures to make the greatest impact. This means improving the lives of people, animals, and the environment through international and local collaboration, and having the people who know their communities best take the lead in creating positive change. We inspire hope through the collective power of individual action – finding the best way to advance conservation where it’s needed most.
R & S – COLOMBIA JGI – REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
JGI – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO JGI – FRANCE
JGI – HUNGARY R & S – INDONESIA
JGI – KENYA R & S – LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
JGI – TAIWAN JGI – TANZANIA
JGI – UGANDA JGI – UK