Life at the EPA

Be part of an organisation that works for all New Zealanders every day.

There are a great variety of roles at the EPA, reflecting our broad responsibility as a protector of people and places. What we stand for is best reflected in our vision.

Our vision

We work to achieve our vision of An environment protected, enhancing our way of life and the economy.

New Zealand has some unique environments, a unique culture, and a special relationship with tangata whenua (indigenous people).

In doing our work we carefully balance social, economic, safety, and environmental factors to protect the way of life New Zealanders want now, and in the future.

What we do affects the everyday lives of all New Zealanders.

EPA people Plus

We have a diverse work force of around 170 employees – from subject experts to service specialists – most of which are based over five floors of our Wellington headquarters. 

There are six levels of roles, from Advisor to Chief Executive, and we have a Board that governs us. Several other organisational Boards exist to support the decision making within EPA teams, including Māori engagement. 

Training and development Plus

We’re committed to giving our people the experience and learning opportunities they need to develop their capability and grow their careers.  Whether it’s on-the-job experience, courses, Te Reo, coaching, or secondments to other roles within the EPA – you will be supported throughout your development journey and can build a varied and successful career with us to grow and realise your technical and/or leadership potential.

Our organisationally-supported learning and development programme includes:

  • leadership development programmes
  • individual annual development plans 
  • structured internal and external training programmes 
  • study allowances
  • secondments
  • payment for professional membership fees.
Being sociable Plus

The EPA’s active social club drives many of our charity fundraisers and staff functions. We participate in national events, such as te wiki o te reo Māori, and encourage staff sports clubs and collaboration for themed internal competitions.

And, of course, the Dominion Post’s quiz offers a more regular chance for teams to gather.

Health and wellness Plus

You will receive a comprehensive work station assessment when you start with us to ensure your desk, chair and technology are personalised for comfort and ease of use. Special support can be requested if you need it.

As Wellington is sometimes a wobbly city, every effort has been made to keep you safe during earthquakes – from engineering to emergency provisions. Our experts will run through this with you, along with our procedures for other emergency events. We take a proactive approach to your safety.

We offer an employee assistance program. This means that you have access to support, such as funded counselling, to help you navigate those difficult personal circumstances if you need it. We also support flexible working, so that staff can balance life at home and at work.

To keep you well and working, we also offer free, on-site flu vaccinations, as well as subsidised eye tests and eyewear.

Our partnership with ACC ensures you receive 100% of your average pre-injury earnings (under ACC you would receive 80%) while recovering from any accidents.

Take time out for a self-funded onsite massage and allow all your troubles to float away.

We can get you some great discounts with Westpac through our Government employee package of personal banking benefits and savings, which we know will be good for your financial health.

Our partnership with Southern Cross gives you access to their discounted health care. Contact their sales team by calling 0800 800 181 for information and a quote, including the EPA discount.  

Southern Cross Healthcare

Time off Plus

There is a standard rate of four weeks leave and we provide three days extra paid leave between Christmas and New Year, with flexible sick leave if you are a permanent employee. 

Location Plus

We’re located at Grant Thornton House, at the awesome end of Lambton Quay. We’re right amongst the shopping district, cafes, restaurants and vibrant hospitality precinct, in view of the harbour.