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.

JGI New Zealand Leadership

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

Our mission

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.

JGI NZ is seeking new Board members.

The JGI NZ Board are interested in skilled individuals who have something wonderful to offer JGI NZ. Most especially we welcome interest from individuals with the following skills:

  • Marketing & Communication
  • Fundraising
  • Legal
  • Community event planning

For more information please view the JGI NZ Recruitment Kit and include the JGI NZ Application Form with your online application.

If you are passionate about being involved with the organisation, especially at this exciting time, and an enthusiastic and motivated achiever apply now.

JGI NZ Volunteer Opportunities

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

As a brand new Chapter of JGI there are roles open for a variety of skill sets, passions and time commitments. As we are an establishing Chapter all roles are currently on a voluntary basis.

  • Social media content manager
  • Admin Officer
  • Fundraising Guru
  • Supporter Relations
  • Roots & Shoots Co-Ordinators

And the list goes on and on. So if you are enthusiatic and reliable get in touch!

Contact us

Part of a Bigger Team

Global gathering of JGI's in Barcelona in 2015. JGI NZ is a Chapter of JGI and joins with other Chapters around the world to further the organisation's mission.