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Roles at the Ministry for the Environment and skills we value

Our roles

Policy roles

As one of the government’s larger policy shops we are always looking for talented policy analysts at all levels. You can help us deliver on our goals by leading high-quality, innovative, evidence-based policy in new, contentious, sensitive or complex areas – many of our issues have both short term and long term impacts for New Zealand.

You will be involved a variety of complex and challenging work; helping us create a culture where people are encouraged to question existing frameworks and paradigms and have constructive debate. You will be adept at including and valuing different perspectives from a wide range of external parties, using data insight, evidence and empathy to tell stories that resonate and align people around a common goal.

Our Mana Taiao team is the forefront of growing and empowering meaningful relationships with Treaty partners to uphold obligations and advance to mutually beneficial partnerships that support Aotearoa being the most liveable place in the world. Our Treaty partnership, mātauranga Māori and Māori economic success form an important part of the foundation that we build this future on.

Rotating roles among different areas and teams 

We rotate our management and policy roles to provide development opportunities and to align resources where needed. This means what you work on, your manager or team-mates can change, giving you exposure to different skills and experiences.

Organisational performance roles

We want to do things in new ways and have a real impact using new and innovative processes, benchmarking ourselves against some of the best global operators. We aim to keep bureaucracy to a minimum and our people’s experience at the forefront. Our role is to enable the ministry to succeed and to position the organisation for future success.

We are looking for people who are future-focused and customer-oriented across a range of disciplines including legal, procurement, communications, executive relations, people and culture, finance, and information technology. 

The skills we value:

In recruiting for all of our roles, we look for attributes described in our Edge behaviours.

Acting with integrity, being  objective and ethical underpins all the work we do as public servants.

If you are:

  • naturally curious
  • understand that success is achieved through working with others in a way that builds great teams
  • are energised by learning and sharing knowledge
  • have a focus on results and learning  from both your failures and achievements
  • have an affinity with design thinking
  • are passionate about gaining more skills and helping others do the same
  • have a problem-solving approach
  • are energised by challenges

…then this could be a great working environment for you!

Experience we look for in our senior policy and senior analyst roles:

  • A proven ability to lead significant pieces of complex policy work, including planning, commissioning work and reviewing advice from team members.
  • An innate drive to help others succeed; sharing your expertise and wisdom to build confidence, competence and capability in others.
  • A strategic view and the ability to generate innovative and sustainable solutions through working with others.
  • Politically astute with excellent relationship management skills, enabling you to influence and align stakeholders with often divergent views to achieve outcomes that position us to achieve our aim of making Aoteoroa New Zealand the most liveable place in the world.

Experience we seek for our policy analyst and analyst roles:

  • A proven ability to take responsibility for pieces of work, to distil clarity out of ambiguity, and to manage time and competing priorities effectively.
  • A strategic view, the ability to make links and to generate innovative and sustainable solutions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the confidence to build and maintain purposeful stakeholder relationships.

From an academic and knowledge perspective, policy and analyst candidates will ideally have:

  • An academic qualification in planning, public policy, law, economics, or environmental and social sciences.
  • A general understanding and literacy in environmental science.
  • Relevant experience working in central government, local government or the private sector.
  • An understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Ao Māori and engaging with Māori/iwi.   

Benefits of working here include:

  • Flexible working practices: most of our people work flexibly.
  • Extended parental leave of up to two years. We also offer the ability to phase your return to work with reduced working hours for the first three months.
  • Four weeks leave a year, plus three days to be taken between the statutory days from 25 December to 2 January. 
  • An inclusive culture. Our networks include a waiata group, women’s network and rainbow network. Our rainbow network is on track to be awarded The Rainbow Tick by July 2020.
  • We encourage you to build mastery in your current role and support your next career move.