Government funded job initiatives

Programmes and initiatives that create jobs.

Funding to support regional economies and create jobs

Grow Regions — Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

The Provincial Growth Fund has allocated $600 million to support regional economies.

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

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

Who Who it's for

It’s for people looking for short-term roles

Funding to create jobs to help the environment

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.

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. 

Who Who it's for

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

Nature-based jobs

Jobs for Nature — Department of Conservation

Jobs for Nature is designed to provide nature-based jobs to communities and industries impacted by the 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.

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.

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.

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