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Financial Manager - South Coast Environment Society


We're seeking a financial manager to join our team and support our society as our projects grow!

The South Coast Environment Society (SCES) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Riverton formed in 1996 to operate the Riverton Environment Centre. The society has a committee of 12, 60 hours paid roles between a staff team of 6, and many volunteers.

The Riverton Environment Centre was established to provide a base for and support three existing Riverton groups (Riverton Organic Group, Riverton Organic Food Co-op, and Estuary Care Society) and to promote environmental awareness.

The SCES has provided constant and reliable management for the Environment Centre, making it the oldest continuously running Environment Centre in New Zealand. Current projects operated by the SCES include the Open Orchard Project, the Longwood Loop project, a community food resilience project, the Riverton Heritage Harvest Festival, Southland Community Composting Initiative, and the Southland Seed Savers Network.


The SCES is seeking a financial manager. The role of the financial manager is to support the society and development of SCES projects. The financial manager will support the SCES committee to make sound financial decisions and ensure all financial systems function well.


The financial manager will have the experience to lead and advise the committee and management, and will undertake the following:

  • Preparation of budgets; SCES operational budget and budgets for several SCES projects

  • Financial reporting for the SCES committee on each of the above and presenting these to the committee

  • Monthly reconciliations

  • End of year financials

  • Oversee processing of fortnightly payroll and related tasks, e.g. tracking employee leave entitlements

  • Supporting the SCES team with funding applications and reporting accountabilities

  • Preparation of and payment GST and PAYE when due

  • Budget preparation and preparation of accounts for auditing


As this is a new role, we expect there will some flexibility with the above tasks, to be negotiated with the right person.


The financial manager will have good attention to detail, while holding the big picture of SCES which aims to be a vibrant community organisation operating under a sustainable financial model.


Other highly desirable skills and experience include:

  • Excellent understanding of financial principles and accounting software

  • Prior experience in a finance focused role

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to liaise with the SCES team and the ability to work well within in a team environment

  • The ability to readily analyse financial data, prepare budgets, and reports

  • Solid experience in accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll processing

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Positivity and adaptability

  • Willingness to work in a dynamic and fast changing work environment


The role is part-time, working 5-10 hrs throughout the week, with some flexibility to work around other priorities and commitments. The role may suit someone currently wanting to work part-time, return to work, or work around other duties/responsibilities.


This role has the flexibility to work from home, but some regular time will be needed to be spent in our friendly workplace.


How to apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter introducing yourself.


SCES is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Please contact Robyn if you have any questions about this role or need support to complete an application. You can email her at


Applications close Monday 15th May

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