This page provides information about careers here at the Ministry for the Environment, our people and the skills we are looking for. 

Current vacancies

There are no current vacancies.

Following the recent earthquakes, MfE's Wellington office at 23 Kate Sheppard Place is currently closed pending a further engineering assessment. We have temporarily relocated to 3, The Terrace. Email for any queries.

So please bear with us if you are currently an applicant for any of our vacancies.  You may hear directly from the recruiting manager but if you don't it's because we are still getting ourselves organised.

Thanks for your patience. 

Working at the Ministry for the Environment

Do you want to play a part in shaping how Kiwis live, work and play in the future?

We lead New Zealand's thinking about environmental and resource management issues. We are respected for the depth, innovation and quality of our advice.

Rather than simply administering environmental legislation, our policy teams provide clear, well-considered policy advice that is grounded in theory and evidence. Our implementation teams deliver projects that change the way Kiwis think and behave when it comes to environmental management.

Our people

With around 300 staff members, most based at Environment House in Wellington, a team in Auckland and staff in Christchurch and Invercargill, we are known for having effective ways to approach complex and emerging issues.

Our policy and implementation staff have excellent analytical skills, as well as technical and political awareness, and the ability to present well-reasoned, robust advice. They come from a range of professional, technical and scientific backgrounds, including resource management, law, engineering and science. 

Our Māori policy unit, Mana Taiao, ensures we work closely and productively with iwi.

Many of our people have previously worked in local government, the private sector, or other central government agencies.

Find out more about our Ministry. 

Skills we need

Everyone who works at the Ministry needs to be interested in the effective management of natural resources, and be able to present well-reasoned advice based on the best information available.

We're looking for people with excellent analytical skills, and the technical and political awareness needed to respond to the practical realities of working in the public sector. In addition, you'll need to be a good communicator, a cooperative team member, and have a flexible approach to work.  

Though experience in environmental policy is useful, we welcome applications from people with wide policy experience and proposals for secondments. 

We also employ a range of professional and support staff in areas such as information management, project management, human resources, communications, finance, legal, and business support. People working in these areas bring their technical excellence as well as a strong customer focus.