Government funded job initiatives

Programmes and initiatives that create jobs as part of the COVID-19 recovery package.

Grow Regions

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

The Provincial Growth Fund has allocated $600 million to support regional economies as they recover from COVID-19.

What it's about

Investments will be made in a wide range of projects that are central to regional economies. These projects will create short-term jobs for immediate redeployment and new employment opportunities and income growth.

Work and Income manage the recruitment for these jobs.

Who it's for

It’s for people looking for short-term roles

What it offers

These projects offer short-term jobs and you may get the opportunity to learn new skills through training.

Where there are vacancies, they will be listed on Work and Income's 'Find a Job' website.

Environment funds

Ministry for the Environment

Are you passionate about the environment?

The Ministry for the Environment has $433 million to support initiatives that provide employment opportunities to restore wetlands, rivers and streams to health, regenerate native bush and control pests and weeds.

What it's about

It is an investment to support local government, iwi, community groups and all New Zealanders to take environmental action to significantly improve our freshwater and support our regional economic recovery.

Who it's for

Legal entities such as councils and territorial authorities, charitable trusts, incorporated societies and limited partnerships.

What it offers

Recipients of the Ministry’s environment funds are responsible for managing recruitment and may advertise for environment jobs to support the delivery of their projects.  

You can find out more about the successful recipients via the Ministry for the Environment website. 

Mahi mō te Taiao

Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation (DOC) is identifying projects that will create jobs and benefit conservation. More information will be available soon on the projects that have been approved for businesses to be involved in.

What it's about

DOC is creating jobs on private land and public conservation land.

The work will involve:

  • predator control
  • restoring wetlands
  • regenerative planting and
  • improvements to tracks, huts and other amenities.

These will be advertised through partners and information will be updated on the DOC website as they are confirmed.

Who it's for

It’s for people looking for short-term roles.

What it offers

These projects offer short-term jobs and you may get the opportunity to learn new skills through training.

Projects are still being finalised. You can find out more about them on the Department of Conservation website. 

Find out more

If you'd like to find out more about jobs in these areas, call us on 0800 264 737.

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