New Zealand’s public sector offers a wide range of full-time and part-time work, from police to policy officers and project managers, welfare support workers to scientists and lawyers. 

Whatever your role, working in the public service is a chance to serve your community and make a difference by helping to ensure New Zealand is prosperous, safe and environmentally sustainable. In the past few years there has been an increase in the visibility of the public service which has highlighted its innovation and creativity in solving problems.

Deployment and user adoption of digital technologies advanced many years in a matter of weeks. As a result, tech roles from data scientist to software engineer are in high and increasing demand in the public service (see our dedicated tech in-demand section to find out more). The government’s continued investment in infrastructure and the improvement of government services’ customer experience offering has also driven a demand for project management and change management roles.

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Construction project managers specialise in the planning, management and execution of government construction projects, from schools and libraries to municipal buildings large and small, as well as major housing developments.

IT project managers organise direct, control and coordinate IT projects such as analysing IT needs and specifying the technological solutions; directing IT strategies and policies; overseeing IT installations and providing the necessary training, and overseeing the security of IT systems.

Infrastructure project managers oversee developments and maintenance of different types of infrastructure, including airports and rail, power and energy plants, waste management and communication systems.

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