Jobs at MfE

Visit our careers page to find out about current opportunities at MfE.


What we do

We are the Government’s primary adviser on environmental matters

We also work with others to help give effect to government policies.

Read more about the types of work we do

What we want to achieve

We live in one of the most incredible places on earth. We have an exceptional natural environment and high aspirations for our towns and cities.

At MfE, we want to see a flourishing environment for every generation: he taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa.

That’s an environment with:

  • healthy and productive land
  • fresh air
  • clean and accessible lakes, rivers and seas
  • diverse indigenous wildlife
  • thriving urban centres.

What our people say about working at MfE

The top things people love about working for MfE are:

  • how friendly and supportive the people are
  • the shared passion for the environment
  • the variety of challenging, meaningful work
  • our flexible approach to work.

We embrace diversity and inclusion

He rau kotahi tangata. As an organisation we strive to be as inclusive as possible. We embrace diversity and harness our multiple talents.  

It takes a great team to produce a great piece of advice or implement an initiative. When we leverage our talents, expertise, cultural perspectives and diversity of thought we have great teams.

We have employee-led groups that support inclusiveness. This includes a social club, waiata group, Rainbow network and mental health awareness, meditation, yoga and community initiatives.

Many of our people come with international expertise in the environment. Across MfE, we are always looking to build our capability for working with iwi, hapū and Māori.

Through sharing experiences we build a more in-depth understanding of Māori perspectives and world view and we incorporate this into our work. We offer te reo Māori and resilience workshops to all our staff.

Other roles we advertise

Board vacancies at the Climate Change Commission and Environmental Protection Authority

We advertise board vacancies at the Climate Change Commission (CCC) and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on behalf of Ministers.

How to apply for CCC and EPA board vacancies

You can nominate yourself when vacancies are available. Visit our careers page.

Or you can register with the following nominating agencies.

We contact the nominating agencies as part of the nominations process.

Note: If you are nominated, you may not be appointed as Ministers seek nominations from a range of sources. 

Appointment process and requirements

The role of each Crown entity board is determined by legislation that specifies the Crown’s interest as owner or funder, states the entity’s purposes and functions, and details about the membership of the board.

Each Crown entity board must:

  • provide governance to ensure the entity effectively performs its roles and functions
  • assess and monitor their agency’s capability and performance
  • set the agency’s strategic priorities within the context of the Government’s environment priorities.

See appointments made under the Crown Entities Act 2004 [New Zealand Legislation website]

See also:

Requirements and processes for considering appointments [Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website]

Appointment of public servants to Statutory Boards [Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website]

Find out more

Contact the Crown Entity Performance team at 

Read about MfE's monitoring role of the Climate Change Commission and the Environmental Protection Authority