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Investigative Intelligence Officer (WELLINGTON & AUCKLAND)

The work you do as an Investigative Intelligence Officer has a direct impact on the security and well-being of New Zealanders, at home and abroad. It takes someone skilled to investigate threats to New Zealand, and whilst you may never have considered a career in intelligence, you could have the life experience, background and transferable skills to start a career like no other.

In this role, no two days are the same. It is a challenging and rewarding role where you will plan, develop and manage investigations in a fast-paced environment.

You will be experienced at collating and analysing different and ambiguous information from a variety of sources. Skilled at problem solving, you will be able to ask difficult questions and make recommendations. Your interpersonal and communication skills will enable you to confidently communicate well reasoned and well written assessments to a range of stakeholders. Also, key will be your ability to collaborate and influence others to gain their cooperation in achieving intelligence objectives.

We are looking for talent in Wellington and Auckland. Our team includes people from various cultures, across all age groups and diverse backgrounds, but we all have the same common values and desire to protect and advance New Zealand’s security and way of life.

Thinking of applying? Some of the key skills we are looking for include the following:

  • An ability to exemplify Service’s values - Collaborative, Courageous, Positive, Driven and Self-aware

  • Independent analytical and judgement skills across a range of areas

  • Ability to challenge accepted positions, make objective decisions and ask difficult questions

  • Risk management experience

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to collaborate and influence people with a confident and professional communication style

  • Ability to build and maintain effective and productive working relationships

  • Excellent customer service ethic and skills

  • Ability to juggle competing workloads, and work under pressure to meet tight deadlines

  • Either a tertiary qualification OR equivalent life experience

Handy things to know before applying:

  • Recruitment testing for these roles will begin in February (online testing) and late March (in person) in Wellington 

  • Successful applicants will start with us in October 2019, and will be required to commit to a seven week training course which takes place in Wellington

  • We have extremely thorough background vetting checks to ensure we only recruit the most suitable candidates - if you are unsure of what this includes please view our website in the first instance for further information

  • You must be over 20 years of age to obtain the security clearance needed to work in the NZIC

If this sounds like you and you have the skills we are looking for, we are keen to hear from you. Apply now!

In recognition, we offer a range of benefits including personal development, structured career progression, unique and exciting work experiences as well as access to on-site gym and fitness facilities.

Salary range: Level 1 - $58,500-$87,750 (Band F). The Career Pathways framework enables future progression within the job to Level 2 and Level 3.  

How to apply

Applications must include a completed application form, a current CV and cover letter.  These should be sent to quoting reference number D2/19/06 in the subject line of the email.  Only completed applications will be progressed.

Please direct any enquiries regarding this role to

To be eligible for employment within the NZIC you must have been a NZ citizen for at least 10 years.  Alternatively, you must hold NZ Permanent Residence or hold a current NZ Residency Class Visa and have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Special (TSS) security clearance.  Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must have a 15-year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken.  Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed.

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 24 February 2019.

The NZIC treats all applications for employment in the strictest confidence and we ask that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality.  You are expected to exercise discretion during the recruitment process and throughout your career.