Communications Advisor | Flexible

Ministry for the Environment

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Multiple Location Options

Mō tēnei tūrangi mahi | About this role

Manatū mō te Taiao – The Ministry for the Environment is looking for a talented Kaitohutohu Whakapā – Communications Advisor to join our fast-paced comms team.

The Ministry is working across land management, freshwater, oceans, climate change, waste and biodiversity deploying a range of tools for change including regulation, education, market instruments and funding partnerships.

Everything we do is underpinned by a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the ability to create content that reflects Te Ao Māori and tikanga practices in the way we care for, use and repair our whenua, awa and natural resources.

We need you to bring your amazing communication and engagement skills to help connect people and support on this important, meaningful mahi. This role would suit a talented recent graduate or someone with a couple of years' experience under their belt.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We would love to hear from you if you:

  • have experience working in a communications role as a graduate or emerging communications specialist
  • are a natural story-teller who can share perspectives across our communications and stakeholder channels
  • have strong political acumen and a nose for risk and opportunity
  • get what the media needs and how to pitch a great story
  • can build trusted relationships at all levels of an organisation and externally
  • are happy rolling your sleeves up and getting involved where you are needed
  • are a multi-tasker who thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • have a broad-based understanding of Māori values and knowledge including the contextual background

Salary Range

Salary range for this role is 73,280 - $89,565 pa. Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.

Mō mātou | About us  

The Ministry's purpose - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation.  

We offer: 

  • a flexible by default approach to support your work-life balance
  • agile working, allowing you variety and challenges across the organisation as we work as ‘One MfE'
  • generous leave entitlements
  • training to competently and effectively engage with Māori as our Treaty Partner, this includes te reo me ona tikanga Māori courses
  • active social club and employee networks, including a Māori staff network
  • opportunities for development and education.          

A key priority for the Ministry is Te Ao Māori. This means we work with our Treaty partner to advance Māori priorities for the environment and for environmental success. We will be confident and coordinated in our ongoing engagement with Māori and lead the natural resources system in engaging for success with tangata whenua. We will grow our capability and capacity to accurately reflect Māori views in our work.  An organisational priority is that we accurately reflect Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Maori into our everyday work, by living our Te Ao Hurihuri Strategy through capability and capacity building.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter.  Note: your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role.   

If you require further information about this position, please contact If you require a copy of the position description, please email

The location for this role is flexible which means you can work anywhere in New Zealand.  As a flexible friendly employer, we are happy to discuss solutions that may work for you and the business.  We value and care about enabling our people to work in a way that means they can work at their best. 

We embrace diversity and inclusion and are committed to equal opportunities. What's important to us is ‘he rau kotahi tangata' – embracing our multiple talents – by harnessing our diversity and being inclusive. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds.  We are proud to be Rainbow Tick certified and recognise the diversity and uniqueness of our workforce and reaffirm our commitment to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. 

We want to ensure accessibility needs are well supported, so the recruitment process is fair and equitable for all. Therefore, please let us know if there is any support, we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible to you. You can contact us at if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.

From 18, May 2022 we have suspended our Covid-19 Vaccination Policy until further notice.  A My Vaccine Pass is no longer required by employees, visitors, suppliers and contractors.  However, the policy may be reinstated if new public health advice comes to hand or a new variant emerges.

Rā Katinga | Applications close: midnight Sunday 10th July 2022.


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