Together we integrate and support the New Zealand Defence Force
Who we are
Our Civilian personnel are an important part of the Defence Force team. We play a key role in meeting the NZDF’s primary mission, supporting Defence activities at all levels, often bringing specialist expertise and performing a wide range of functions to enhance overall defence capabilities.
Defence Civilian roles are non-military roles within the New Zealand Defence Force. Our workforce includes roles from various departments such as Communications & Information Systems, Finance, Property, Human Resources, Legal Services, Public Affairs and Strategy Management, to name a few.
Love your work
Three Services as one force, being the best in everything we do
Our mission is to secure and protect New Zealand. Our people, Civilian and Service (Navy, Army and Air Force), are fundamental to our success, working together as one for the good of New Zealand. They are our greatest asset and most important capability.
The three core values of the NZDF that represent our traditional and continuing anchors are:
- Courage– Courage has both physical and moral dimensions. Physically, it means overcoming fear when advancing into probable danger when it is easier to retreat. Morally, it means making the hard decisions and having the conviction to stand by them. Showing courage entails being brave enough to do what one believes to be right, and challenging others to also do the right thing, and getting the job done despite hostile or adverse conditions.
- Commitment - The obligation of responsibility that all personnel give to the Defence Force and the Government of New Zealand. It is demonstrated by putting others before oneself, contributing to the team, giving selfless service, and acting for the greater good rather than for personal gain.
- Comradeship - Comradeship is an attribute that develops out of trust, learning and working together. Through comradeship we will continue to support and encourage our fellow Defence Force colleagues at team, Service and joint levels.
Together we grow
The NZDF continues to develop a performance culture, where people are nurtured and empowered to be all that they are capable of. We encourage feedback as part of the learning process, celebrate and give recognition when tasks are done well, so you feel a sense of pride and ownership of the efforts you have contributed to the success of the NZDF.
We empower you to get the job done. The NZDF encourages you to think ahead and be open, innovative, and passionate, because we believe that the NZDF and you grow together. This success comes from mutual trust and loyalty.
Enabling our people
The NZDF focuses on developing all its personnel to reach their potential. The NZDF offers a wide range of programmes for personal and professional growth through the New Zealand Defence College.
You are encouraged to develop and extend your skills throughout your career at the NZDF.
A service provided by the New Zealand Defence College is the Learning Toolkit that focuses on:
- Professional Development
- Career Management
- Study Assistance
Leaders inspire great action. The NZDF has great leaders, who will mentor and support you.
One Force, One Family
Once you join the NZDF, you will become part of the NZDF family. Comradeship is one of the three core values at the NZDF. It is an attribute that develops out of trust, learning and working together.
At NZDF you will make many friends. The NZDF culture is to respect, protect and care for each other, which helps create a strong family bond.
It matters to us
It is important to the NZDF that our personnel are healthy and happy, whether it is at work, at home or in a social environment. The NZDF has camps, bases and personnel stationed around New Zealand and deployed overseas.
Being a Civilian in the NZDF does not necessarily mean you will be stuck in an office. Most Civilian personnel get the opportunity to visit camps and bases and some will even get the chance to be deployed.
Under one roof
The NZDF aspires to be a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome and value diversity of our people and their whanau/ families. We welcome applications from people with a diverse range of backgrounds, skills and experiences.
We aim to ensure that the NZDF has a strong and inclusive workforce and that all NZDF members are able to participate, compete and be rewarded fairly regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances. It is important to the NZDF that all members and whanau/families feel they belong, are valued and encouraged to participate in NZDF life. The different life experiences that individuals and their whanau/ families bring into the NZDF adds richness to our community.
As valued members of the NZDF team, Civilian personnel have access to the following benefits.
For more information around our benefits, please click the link below.