Jobs at MfE

People are at the heart of what we do. Not only do we aspire to make Aotearoa New Zealand the most liveable place in the world, but we also aspire to be a fantastic place to work.

Working at the Ministry for the Environment

Current vacancies

Have a look at our current vacancies on the Ministry careers centre page.

Let's work together to make New Zealand the most liveable place in the world

Our goal at MfE is to make New Zealand the most liveable place in the world for our children and their mokopuna.

Our natural resources support our livelihoods, our way of life and our sense of wellbeing. Our environment contributes to our cultural identity as New Zealanders.

We put New Zealanders at the heart of our work and recognise that a thriving environment is good for us all.

As an organisation, we practice kaitiakitanga and act as stewards of our environment.

We take a strategic approach, developing cutting-edge policy to look after our environment.

We engage and partner with external organisations to build on our collective strengths.

We look across the natural resources system to connect, engage and mobilise others so we can all make better decisions about how we look after nature.

Find out more about the Ministry and our work. [link to new about us page].

Our working environment

Our people are passionate about the work we do and the difference we can make.

We aim to have clear expectations and innovative processes to allow our employees to have the best working experience.

We know that when we align around the same goal and work together at our best, we create a bigger impact.

What our people say about working at MfE

Our staff tell us the top five things they love about 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 want to build on these strengths and help our employees do meaningful effective work that makes a difference.

How we connect with each other

We value individual effort but know that great teamwork delivers the best results.

We have collaborative workspaces and quiet areas for a more flexible way of working.

Our commitment to flexible work allows our people to work at the times and locations that suit them. This enables them to do their best both at work and at home.

Aligning around the same goal and working well together is important to us.

Our Chief Executive blogs each week to share stories, celebrate successes and keep us focused on what we’re here to achieve.

We have fortnightly get-togethers. This is an opportunity for our Environment Leadership Team to give us updates on key initiatives. During these get-togethers we also welcome new colleagues and ask for feedback on our work. 

It’s not all top-down though – we expect our people to inform and challenge sideways and upwards to ensure MfE is operating at its best.

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 the Ministry, 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.

What gives us our Edge? Learn about the MfE way of working. [link to Our Edge, the MfE way of working page].