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.

About 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 many of these jobs.

Who Who it's for

It’s for people looking for short-term roles

Offers 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 often 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.

About 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 Who it's for

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

Offers 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

Te Papa Atawhai

Jobs for Nature was designed to provide nature-based jobs to communities and industries that had been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme has since adapted to the needs of regional communities including funding projects that target iwi and youth unemployment.

About What it's about

Jobs for Nature work takes place on private land and public conservation land and involves:

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

Who Who it's for

It is open to anyone who wants to work in conservation and gain relevant skills. Projects run between one to four years, so short-term and longer-term opportunities are available depending on the particular project.

Offers What it offers

The projects offer employment in conservation work with the opportunity to develop skills and experience for a career in conservation.

Jobs funded by Jobs for Nature are advertised through DOC’s partners who are leading these initiatives. You can also check with your local and regional council, iwi, Landcare Trust and QEII National Trust.

Jobs are advertised by DOC’s project partners.

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