As an Operational Support and Information Specialist (OPSIS) in the NZ Army, you will be responsible for the effective management of information through the creation and management of web based technologies as part of wider operational and tactical communications solutions.

  • Service
    Army
  • Specialisation
    Intelligence, IT and Communications
  • Location
    Linton or Burnham
  • Starting Salary
    $47,224

About the role

As an Operational Support and Information Specialist (OPSIS) in the NZ Army, you will be responsible for the effective management of information through the creation and management of web based technologies as part of wider operational and tactical communications solutions. These will be military based programmes, similar to ones you may have already used like Sharepoint, Information Management systems, Wave for radio over internet, organising networks and drives and working with websites.

This includes maintaining the daily flow of various forms of information, both voice and data, for a unit through understanding their requirements, capabilities and shortfalls, providing feasible options and supporting the decision making process.

You will have the opportunity to be posted to many other NZ Army units during your career providing a good mixture of variety and experiences.

As well as your day to day responsibilities as an Operational Support and Information Specialist, you will also continue your soldier training including weapons, medical and radio/communications training.

Job on base

You will be employed in an operational unit at Linton Military Camp or Burnham Military Camp. You will spend two to three years gaining an understanding of how the unit operates in both camp and when in the field. You will have the opportunity to be posted to many other NZ Army units during your career providing a good mixture of variety and experiences.

As well as your day to day responsibilities as an Operational Support and Information Specialist, you will also continue your soldier training including weapons, medical and radio/communications training.

Job on deployment

Operational Support and Information Specialists are highly deployable, and are employed in a variety of overseas missions and exercises, primarily in support of other units.

As an Operational Support and Information Specialists you will operate high tech communication equipment, ensuring important information is received and sent at the right time.

As OPSIS we manage the flow of information, so that it’s easily understood, easily seen and allows the flow of information to work alot quicker.

Career progression and training

Career Progression
Basic Training
Job Training
Ongoing Training

As your career progresses you will continue to develop your skills and eventually work towards becoming a signals instructor. As an instructor, you can be posted to Linton to the School of Signals.

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:

  • Organisation and Administration
  • Army Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid
  • Physical Fitness
ROYAL NEW ZEALAND SIGNALS CORPS TRAINING COURSE

You will start your training with this three-month course, where you will learn radio voice procedure, basic information systems and how to operate a broad range of Army communications equipment utilised at the tactical level. This course will prepare you to progress to advanced training within the Operational Support and Information Specialist environment and will strengthen your comradeship with fellow RNZ Signals Corps members who will become life long friends within the communications environment.

JUNIOR COURSE

This course expands on the in service technology introduced on the Corps Training as it pertains to an information centric environment. You will gain understanding of Information Hubs, application support, web design and management. You will be exposed to basic command post operations to enable situational awareness.

INTERMEDIATE COURSE

This course expands on the knowledge gained from the Junior Course as well as the practical experiences gained whilst posted to your unit in both garrison and when in the field.

SENIOR COURSES

This course is a higher level course which combines the trade knowledge gained from the Junior and Intermediate courses. Your knowledge of web design, application support, Information Management and exploitation will be enhanced to a higher level of understanding. You will be expected to operate effectively in a command post understanding how command/staff interrelationships work to provide commanders with situational awareness. Manage effective battle tracking and critical information processes to maintain information superiority.

TRADE PROMOTION COURSES

The Detachment Commanders Course and the Troop Sergeants Course are part of your career progression. They are designed to test your trade knowledge and skills as well as your leadership ability. Base level management is conducted during these courses and enhanced at Unit level.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.

$37,284

Recruit

$47,224

starting salary

$111,794

Higher rank

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements

Basics
Education
Fitness and Medical
Citizenship
Period of Service
  • You must be at least 17.5 years of age years old due to the requirement to hold a TSV clearance. However, the preferred minimum age is 20 years old.
  • Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade.
  • Must be an NZ citizen.

You must have achieved the NCEA level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required TSV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.

 

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